Venice 1848 5 lire
"ITALIEN Venezia. Governo Provvisorio, 1848-1849. 5 Lire 1848. Kl. Kr. Gutes vorzüglich" (Italy, Venice, provisional government, 1848-49, 5 lire of 1848, good extremely fine).This five lire silver piece was struck during an insurrection against Austrian rule in 1848. Without foreign support, the rebellion collapsed. Venice would not be incorporated into a united Italy until 1866. The coin is struck to the same standard as the contemporary French five francs. The provisional government also issued gold 20 lire, silver 25 and 15 centesimi and bronze five, three and one centesimo coins. The catalog also notes another Venetian five lire dated 1848 (KM C-186) where the lion of St. Mark stands directly on the exergue instead of the pedestal shown here.
Recorded mintage: 6,011.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW, this specimen: 24.99 grams.
Catalog reference: Pag. 178, Dav-208, KM C-185.
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