Italy Venice 1 1/2 Lire  1802
Italy Venice 1 1/2 Lire 1802

What a cool design! I can't quite think of a coin that looks anything like this. They sure knew how to design a coin back then. The obverse features a beautiful crowned imperial eagle of Austria and the somewhat cryptic inscription 'FRANC. II. D. G. R. I. S. A. GE. HV. BO. REX. A. A. D. VENET.' Written out, this roughly translates to 'Francis II, by the Grace of God, Eternal Roman Emperor, King of the Germans, Hungarians and Bohemians, Archduke of Austria, Duke of the Venetians'.

These coins have a written denomination of one and a half lira, which equaled 30 soldi (the plural of soldo), the base unit of denomination in many Italian states at the time, including Venice. Different states had different exchange rates of their local soldi to the more broadly used lira, and thus it made more sense to denominate this larger coin as 1½ lira. Smaller coins that mainly circulated locally were denominated as soldi.

Catalog values are quite nice, as listed below:
worn: $50 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $240
fully uncirculated: $500

Damaged coins will be worth a few dollars. Refer to our Important Terminology page found at the top left in order to properly interpret the catalog values used on this page.

Coin: 16526 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: GShepherd, Wed, 12-Feb-2014 05:00:13 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 13-Feb-2014 07:00:59 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sat, 30-Jan-2016 15:55:01 GMT
Requester description: 1802 Obverse: double-headed eagle holding sword and ball. Inscription: FRANC II D G R I S A GE HV BO REX A D VENET. Reverse: value in decorative border. Inscription: 1 1/2 LIRA VENETA 1802 A
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