Italy Genoa 4 and 8 Lire  1793 to 1797
Italy Genoa 4 and 8 Lire 1793 to 1797

These coins are not found very often, Miklos! The Italian state of Genoa minted them for only four years, and collectors love these coins today! BTW, those animals are called griffins.

Large, precious and with a beautiful design on both sides, the catalog values stay high, as listed below:

worn: $200 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $500
well preserved: $1000
fully uncirculated: $2000

The 4 lire coins (with the large 'L . 4' on the side with the crowned arms) are exceedingly rare, and the catalogs do not even list their values.

The 8 lire coins weigh 33.27 grams when genuine, and contain 0.9509 troy ounces of silver. The precious metal only contributes slightly to the total value of the coin though, and it would not be traded as silver bullion, but as a rare coin.

The 4 lire coins are about half as heavy at 16.64 grams and 0.4756 tr oz of silver.

Never clean your coins - cleaning ruins value! A cleaned or otherwise damaged coin, such as a coin with a hole or deep scratches, will be worth much less than the catalog values listed on this page. To demonstrate, the coin in our picture comes from world-renowned coin dealer Stacks's Bowers. The coin is CLEANED and was described as such in the Stacks listing. It sold for only $400 in a 2011 auction. A well preserved (almost uncirculated) coin like this would sell for much more if it was not cleaned.

Be sure to read our 'Important Terminology' page on the top left in order to properly interpret these catalog values.

Coin: 15565 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Miklos, Fri, 27-Sep-2013 20:48:16 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 28-Sep-2013 03:48:18 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sun, 20-Sep-2015 01:30:42 GMT
Requester description: 1797 NON SURREXIT MAJOR 1797 /standing man with a kind of LONG CROSS which has letters ECCE AGNUS DEY/ Other side; REIP GENU 8 L DUX ET GUB CROWN ON THE TOP OF A SHIELD WHICH IS BETWEEN OF TWO LION TYPE OF ANIMALS WITH WINGS.
Tags: italy genoa 4 8 lire italiana italians italian ditalia italiane italia itali lira lyre non surrexit major standing stand man cross letters monogram ecce agnus dey reip genu dux et gub crown shield two lion type animals animal wings wing majors stands male mens mans script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials reipubi crowned tiara crowns tiarra crowning tiera arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon types winged griffon griffin gryphon griffons giffin griffins halo ribbon stick branch rod staff tiger halos haloed twigs stalks spray sprig limb twig sprays sprigs branching stalk branches branched sticks rods lions cougar tigers


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