Eritrea 1896 5 lire

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 1262
This specimen was lot 1262 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €230 (about US$317 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ERYTHREE, Colonie italienne, Umberto Ier (1890-1900), AR tallero, 1896, Rome. Rare. Beau à Très Beau. (Eritrea, Italian colony, Umberto I, 1890-1900, silver tallero of 1896, Rome mint. Rare, Fine to very fine.)"
This two 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: 200,000.

Specification: 28.12 g, .800 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 4, M. 81; Gig-2; Dav-27.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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