Vatican City 1947 100 lire
"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.
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