Vatican City 1953 100 lire

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2776
This specimen was lot 2776 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 450 CHF (about US$543 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Pius XII. 1939-1958. 100 Lire 1953 / ANNO XV, Roma. Vorzüglich. Leicht berieben. (Vatican City, Pius XII, 1939-58, one hundred lire of 1953, Rome mint. Extremely fine, Slightly polished.)"
The king of Italy invaded and annexed the Papal States in 1870. Normal relations with the Italian government were not restored until Mussolini signed a concordat in 1929, granting the Pope sovereignty over Vatican City. Coinage began that year, struck at the Rome mint. 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 Vatican hundred lire was reduced to 5.19 grams in 1936-37. This type was struck 1951-56. The lira was retired in 1999 when Italy joined the euro.

Recorded mintage: 1,000.

Specification: 5.19 g, .900 fine gold, 20.5 mm diameter, this specimen 5.19 g.

Catalog reference: Schl. 192. Fr-290; KM-53.1; Berman-3404.


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