Vatican City 2001-R 100000 lire
This specimen was lot 33934 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,320. The catalog description noted, "John Paul II gold Proof 'The Alpha and the Omega' 100000 Lire Anno XXIII 2001-R PR69 Ultra Cameo NGC, Rome mint. A gem specimen of undiluted beauty." 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. The lira was retired in 1999 when Italy joined the euro; this is the final issue. It was accompanied by a 50,000 lire (KM 390).
Recorded mintage: 6,000 proofs.
Specification: 15 g, .917 fine gold, 28 mm diameter, AGW 0.4422 oz.
Catalog reference: KM 391.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.
- 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.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date, 11th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.