Vatican City 1947 100 lire

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 690
This specimen was lot 690 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €460 (about US$583 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ITALIE, VATICAN, Pie XII (1939-1958), (Eugenio Pacelli), AV 100 lire, 1947, an 9. 1000 p. frappées. Rare. Superbe. (Italy, Vatican City, Pius XII (1939-58), gold hundred lire of 1947, year 9. Rare, extremely fine.)"
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.

Catalog reference: Munt. 2e; Fr-287; KM-39, Ber-3386.

Source:

  • Berman, Allen G., Papal Coins, South Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1991.
  • 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.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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