Parma 1832 5 lire Dav-204

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Goldberg sale 69, lot 5038
Parma 1832 5 lire rev Goldberg 69-5038.jpg

This specimen was lot 5038 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $1,322.50. The catalog description [2] noted, "Italian States - Italian States - Parma. 5 Lire, 1832. Maria Louisa, 1815-1847. Head left. Reverse: Crowned and mantle arms. Toned. NGC graded MS-61." The Duchy of Parma was a small state bordering on the Duchy of Milan. It fell to the Spanish Hapburgs in the 1500's and to the Austrian Hapsburgs in 1714 and was occupied by Napoleon in 1796. After his fall, it was granted to his wife, Maria Louisa of Austria, and was held by her until her death in 1847. It then passed to the Bourbons who ruled in Naples and then to the king of Italy in 1860. It has been part of Italy since. The Duchess issued a series of coins from a copper centesimo to a gold forty lire, of which this specimen, a silver five lire, was a part. All were struck to French standards. This type was struck in 1815, 1821 and 1832 but the first date is the most available.

Recorded mintage: 44,000.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-204; Mont-117, Gig-7, KM-C30; Pagani-7.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Gigante, Fabio, Gigante 2016: Catalogo Nazionale delle Monete Italiano Dal '700 All'Euro, 24a ed. Varese, Italy, 2015.
  • Montenegro, Eupremio, Montenegro 2015: Manuale del Collezionista di Monete Italiane, 30 ed., Torino, Italy: Montenegro s.a.s., 2014.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.

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