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Italy 50 Centesimi and 1, 2, and 5 Lire (Umberto)  1881 to 1900
Italy 50 Centesimi and 1, 2, and 5 Lire (Umberto) 1881 to 1900

King Umberto I ruled Italy between 1878 and 1900. He issued many coins with his likeness, including the big, bushy mustache. These are valuable coins which command excellent collector value when in good condition. The 50 centesimi, with a large C 50 on the shield side, is especially valuable.

The listings below give approximate catalog values for coins free of problems such as scratches, stains, spots, cleanings, nicks, gouges, and the like.

50 CENTESIMI (C 50)
worn: $100 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $300
well preserved: $600
fully uncirculated: $1100

1 LIRA (L 1)
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $40
fully uncirculated: $120
1 lira dated 1883 is especially valuable, cataloging near $7000 in average circulated condition
1 lira dated 1892 is valuable, cataloging near $1000 in average circulated condition

2 LIRE (L 2)
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $60
fully uncirculated: $200
2 lire dated 1885 and 1898 are more valuable, cataloging near $150 in average circulated condition

5 LIRE (L 5)
worn: $40 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $400
fully uncirculated: $1200
5 lire dated 1878 is more valuable, cataloging near $1000 in average circulated condition

Be sure to apply the concepts shown on our Important Terminology page to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

Coin: 15811 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Joe, Sun, 27-Oct-2013 16:37:51 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 28-Oct-2013 01:13:11 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sat, 24-Oct-2015 20:37:05 GMT
Requester description: 1887 Umberto I RE DE'ITALIA The head of a male with moustache looking right. On the reverse a shield with a cross, with a crown above it above that is a star surrounded by a wreath with L1 in it.
Tags: italy 50 centesimi 1 2 5 lire umberto italiana italians italian ditalia italiane italia itali centesimos centisimos centesimo centisimo centisimi lira lyre head male man moustache mustache shield cross crown star wreath mens mans mushtash arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon crowned tiara crowns tiarra crowning tiera starrs stars wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths leaves leaf greenery leafs boughs liafy bush leave leaved bough leafe leafed leafy leavs foliage beard hair tee goty goatee gotee whiskers beared bearded whisker beareded wiskers hairdo hairline

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