Eritrea 1890-R 2 lire
This specimen was lot 34594 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $306. The catalog description noted, "ERITREA. 2 Lire, 1890-R. NGC AU-58." Altho this coin does not receive the attention of the larger five lire (KM 4), it does not turn up often. This one year type is a product of the Rome mint. Italy in the 1890's was late coming to the party of African colonizers and only managed to seize a few scraps of wasteland not wanted by the other powers. Her attempts to conquer Ethiopia were ignominiously defeated and she was forced to content herself with Eritrea, along the coast of the Red Sea.
Recorded mintage: 1,000,000.
Specification: 10 g, .835 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-3; Mont-82; Gig-3.
- 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, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.