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Italy 1 Lira, 2 Lire, and 5 Lire  1901 to 1907
Italy 1 Lira, 2 Lire, and 5 Lire 1901 to 1907

Congrats, Mike. You have a valuable coin. If it is genuine, it carries quite a bit of numismatic (coin collector) value. Vittorio Emanuele III reigned from 1900 to 1946, and these early coins from his reign are quite rare. To be valuable, the coin must have the imperial eagle on the reverse side.

Our picture comes from Emporium Hamburg where this nice-looking specimen is on sale for 250 euros, about $330 US dollars. CoinQuest thanks Emporium Hamburg for use of their coin photo.

The listings below give approximate catalog values for these coins. These values apply in general to all dates, except as noted.

1 LIRA
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $70
fully uncirculated: $300
1 lira coins dated 1905 are rare, worth $300 in average circulated condition

2 LIRE
worn: $100 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $300
well preserved: $800
fully uncirculated: $2000
2 lire coins dated 1901, 1903, and 1904 are rare, worth about $2000 in average circulated condition
2 lire coins dated 1905, 1906, and 1907 are more common, worth about $150 in average circulated condition

5 LIRE
worn: $15000 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $25000
well preserved: $50000
fully uncirculated: $70000

These are all approximate catalog values. To estimate actual buy and sell values, apply the concepts presented on our Terminology page.

NEVER CLEAN A COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.

Now, Mike, go find a 5 lire! But watch out for counterfeits. Counterfeits of valuable coins are all over the place these days, and there are plenty of fake replicas of this coin.

Never buy a rare, expensive coin from anyone you do not trust implicitly. Knowledgeable collectors spend years developing relationships with reliable dealers. Unfortunately, there are enough careless collecting novices who buy fakes from shysters. Don't be one of those!

Coin: 11118 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Mike, Tue, 24-Apr-2012 22:39:02 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Sat, 15-Sep-2012 13:10:52 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sun, 31-Aug-2014 01:49:20 GMT
Requester description: 1902 Italian 2 Lire Coin. Name on the front face is Vittorio Emanuele III/The back has a large eagle of some kind with an R under it. The back says Regno D'Italia / L 2
Tags: italy 1 lira lire 2 5 itialy italiana italians intaly italian ditalia italiane italia itali front vittorio emanuele emanuel iii large eagle an regno vitturio vitt vitorio vittori emmanuele emanele emanvel emanvele larger largish eaglets egals eable egal eagles eag ealge eagel crown crowned tiara crwon crpwn crowns tiarra crowning tiera beard hair ribbon hawk falcon star starburst hairdo hairline starrs stars burst

Comments

Hi... i have 1902 Vittorio emanuele III L.5 coin if anyone interested then call me my cell no is **** - indra kishor prasad
We do not support coin sales in the comments. To sell coins, use the 'Buy and Sell' button. - CoinQuest (Paul)

My coin is the 1911 R with two people on the back. I didn't find it on this website. Do you have extra zeros in the 5 Lire section (1500 vs 15000, etc)? I can send pics of my coin if interested, though it is stapled in a coin flip. - John
Hey John, the zeros are accurate (at least in terms of catalog value) - the 1901R 5 lire coin had a mintage of just over 100 coins total. Those prices are indeed the catalog values for that coin. If you'd like to send us photos of your coin, please click on the 'Contact' button to start an email exchange. Thanks! - CoinQuest (Todd)

  

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