Vatican City 1954 100 lire
This specimen was lot 40235 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Vatican. 100 Lire, 1954 Year XVI. NGC MS-65. Mintage of 1,000 pieces." 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 1951-56 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: Fr-290; KM-53.1, Ber-3404.
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