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Vatican City 5, 10, and 500 Lire (Sede Vacante)  1939 to 1978
Vatican City 5, 10, and 500 Lire (Sede Vacante) 1939 to 1978

The term Sede Vacante means Vacant Seat and refers to the period of time between Popes. The dove on Sede Vacante coins represents the Holy Spirit (Sancte Spiritus). Lire denomination silver coins were minted by Vatican City during Sede Vacante of 1939, 1958, 1963, and 1978. In 2005 they switched to euros. You have to know how to read Roman numerals to figure out the date.

Here are some typical catalog values for fully uncirculated coins. Circulated specimens will be worth less, but never less than the value of silver they contain. Look up silver values at kitco.com.

1939 5 LIRE: 0.1342 troy ounces silver, $50 fully uncirculated
1939 10 LIRE: 0.2684 troy ounces silver, $50 fully uncirculated
1958 500 LIRE: 0.2953 troy ounces silver, $70 fully uncirculated
1963 500 LIRE: 0.2953 troy ounces silver, $20 fully uncirculated
1978 500 LIRE: 0.2953 troy ounces silver, $20 fully uncirculated

Coin: 14951 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Rachael Starry, Thu, 18-Jul-2013 20:02:14 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 19-Jul-2013 14:00:40 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Mon, 06-Jul-2015 02:02:05 GMT
Requester description: SEDE VACANTE MCLVIII (front) VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS STATO DELLA CITTA DEL VATICANO L.500 (back) On the front there is some type of crest with a lion and two little stars in the middle of the shield. The shield is underneath an umbrella type thing and two flags with crosses on them. On the back there is a bird with wings spread open in with a big sun in the background.
Tags: vatican city 5 10 500 lire sede vacante vaticano cities town lira lyre veni sancte sancto spiritus spirit stato state della citta del type crest shield lion two stars star umbrella flags flag crosses cross bird wings wing open sun sanctuaire sanctus sanctvs sancta sanct spiritual staats stated stets staaten stado stadt statehood tates stet types arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested chevron creast shields escutcheon starrs colours blanket banner colors banners bannered cruciform maltese maltise crossing criss crossed winged opened opening opens sunrise sola sol sunburst sunshine sunset sunlight sols dove rays ray beams radiating radiates beam radiate radiant

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