Vatican City 1935 100 lire

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2760
This specimen was lot 2760 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 375 CHF (about US$452 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Pius XI. 1922-1939. 100 Lire 1935 / ANNO XIV, Roma. Fast FDC. (Vatican City, Pius XI, 1922-39, one hundred lire of 1935, Rome mint. About uncirculated.)"
The king of Italy invaded and annexed the Papal States in 1870. Normal relations with the Italian government were not restored until Mussolini signed a concordat in 1929, granting the Pope sovereignty over Vatican City. Coinage began that year, struck at the Rome mint. Coins are issued for the Vatican City in symbolic amounts but as they are eagerly saved as souvenirs by tourists, they are not in short supply for collectors. This type, struck 1929-35 for Pius XI, is common as gold coins go. The Vatican hundred lire was reduced to 5.19 grams in 1936. The lira was retired in 1999 when Italy joined the euro.

Recorded mintage: 2,015.

Specification: 8.80 g, .900 fine gold, .254 troy oz AGW, this specimen 8.81 g.

Catalog reference: Schl. 174. Fr-283; KM-9; Berman-3352.


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