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Italy (Venice) 1, 3 and 5 Centesimi  1849
Italy (Venice) 1, 3 and 5 Centesimi 1849

The seated Lion of St. Mark on the front of this coin symbolizes the Republic of San Marco, an Italian state which existed briefly in 1848 and 1849. With Venice as a capital (which had earlier ceded to the Austrian Empire following Napoleon's conquests) the republic declared independence on March 22nd 1848, but was recaptured by Austria after a long siege just 17 months later, and soon after ceded back to Italy after being held by France as an intermediary.

But enough historical politics. The republic minted other centesimi coins with the Lion of St. Mark, but only the 1, 3 and 5 centesimi have the lion facing directly outwards. Values are decent for coins in better condition.

1 CENTESIMO AND 3 CENTESIMI:
worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $40
fully uncirculated: $100

5 CENTESIMI:
worn: $3
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $70

Damaged coins are worth close to zero. Please see our Important Terminology page found at the top left in order to convert the catalog values used here into actual buy and sales values.

Coin: 17625 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: el Chane, Tue, 19-Aug-2014 09:10:17 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Tue, 19-Aug-2014 17:28:59 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Mon, 07-Nov-2016 05:12:24 GMT
Requester description: 1849 angelic lion with stone scripture
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