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Italy Bi-Metallic 500 and 1000 Lire  1982 to 2000
Italy Bi-Metallic 500 and 1000 Lire 1982 to 2000

Italy started to make 500 and 1000 lire coins for circulation using cool bi-metallic designs. The 500 lire have a gold colored inside ring and a silver colored outside ring. It's vice versa for the 1000 lire. Unfortunately, there isn't a trace of actual gold or silver in these coins. They are made of non-precious metal.

BTW, there are nice 500 and 1000 lire coins that contain silver, but these are made for collectors only, not for circulation. You can see our page on these precious coins at this link [Click Here].

For the circulating bi-metallic coins, values are low. Typically the 1000 lire are worth a smidgen more than the 500 lire, but on average:

worn: face value (500 or 1000 lire in Italy)
average circulated: less than $1 US dollar
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $5

Use our Terminology page to convert catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

Coin: 15601 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Rozza, Wed, 02-Oct-2013 19:33:30 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 18-Feb-2014 18:09:29 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 23-Sep-2015 00:19:42 GMT
Requester description: 1987 Two colours are gold and silver but unclear on what material it is. The word cretara under a woman's head is on one side of the gold part on one side. Says Repvbblica Italiana on the silver part around the woman's head. A village square with someone standing on a spire monument in the middle of the square is on the other side of the gold part. There are houses surrounding the square. The date is at the bottom of this gold part. Some sort of braille writing and leaves and well as L.500 are on the silver part surrounding the gold part.
Tags: italy 500 1000 lire 2000 italiana italians italian ditalia italiane italia itali lira lyre two colours flag gold silver cretara woman head one part repvbblica republic village square standing stand spire monument houses building braille leaves leaf well blanket banner flags colors banners bannered au goldish golden goldenen feinsilber sliver siver argent silber silverish silb femal women lady female feminine fem womans females womens ladys princess ladies ones parts repub repbulique republik republ republican republicas republicia reipvblicae republiove republiek repvbliqve republica republique republika rebublique repvblica republicans repvblique squarish boxed squared boxes squares box stands spires monuments house battlements structure casa workhouse architectural buildin courthouse barn dwelling cabin buildings hut architecture greenery leafs boughs liafy bush leave leaved bough leafe leafed leafy leavs foliage circle circled encircle circlet ring circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed

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