San Marino 5 Lire  1931 to 1938
San Marino 5 Lire 1931 to 1938

These pretty coins from San Marino contain 0.134 troy ounces of silver. As such, they can never be worth less than the silver they contain. This is called base value, or BV.

To compute BV for this coin, multiply the current price of silver by 0.134. For instance, today reports silver trading at $15.24 US dollars per troy ounce (tomorrow it will be different, so look it up). BV, then, is 0.134 x 15.24 = $2 US dollars.

These coins are very pretty, somewhat old, and desirable to coin collectors, so most collectors will pay a premium over silver value, as follows:

5 LIRE DATED 1933 TO 1938
worn: BV
average circulated: BV + $5
well preserved: BV + $12
fully uncirculated: BV + $40

These are catalog values that apply to almost all dates. Some of the earlier dates are more valuable when in uncirculated condition:

5 LIRE DATED 1931 AND 1932
worn: BV
average circulated: BV + $5
well preserved: BV + $15
fully uncirculated: BV + $100

These catalog values apply to coins that have good eye appeal and are free of problems such as scratches, stains, nicks, gouges, and spots. Never clean a coin. Cleaning ruins value.

See our Important Terminology page for a thorough explanation of catalog value.

Coin: 19774 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: masic, Fri, 14-Aug-2015 15:55:06 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 15-Aug-2015 03:31:28 GMT
Requester description: 1936 s. marino l 5 1936
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