Italy 1919-R 50 centesimi

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 30269
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30269 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description[1] noted, "Vittorio Emanuele III nickel 50 Centesimi 1919-R AU50 NGC, Rome mint. Reeded-edge variety. A wonderful example of this extremely scarce type with lightly toned surfaces and devices that exhibit wear consistent with the grade. One of the nicest examples we've seen, without any noteworthy distractions, scarce in both grade and availability." The fifty centesimi was originally a silver coin struck to the standard of a French half franc but none were struck in silver after 1900. This type of 1919-28 was the first in several decades. It comes in reeded and plain edge varieties. This specimen, a common date, is rare with the reeded edge.

Recorded mintage: 3,700,000 (both varieties).

Specification: 6.1 g, nickel, 24 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 61.1/Gig-162 (plain edge) or KM 61.2/Gig-163 (reeded edge).


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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