Vatican City 1945 100 lire

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Sincona sale 46, lot 648
This specimen was lot 648 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 550 CHF (about US$660 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALY, Vatican - Church State, Pius XII. 1939-1958. 100 Lire 1945 / ANNO VII, Rom. Selten. Nur 1000 Exemplare geprägt. FDC. (Vatican City, Pius XII, 1939-58, 100 lire of year VII, 1945, Rome mint. Rare, Only 1000 pieces struck, Uncirculated.)"
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 1942-49 for Pius XII, is common as gold coins go. The lira was retired in 1999 when Italy joined the euro.

Recorded mintage: 1,000.

Specification: 5.19 g, .900 fine gold, .150 troy oz AGW, this specimen 5.18 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-287; KM-39; Berman-3386; Schl. 184.


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