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Italy 1 Lira, and 2 and 5 Lire  1861 to 1878
Italy 1 Lira, and 2 and 5 Lire 1861 to 1878

With lots of wear, John, your old 1 lira coin from Italy is not worth too much. The catalogs say a few US dollars. In well preserved condition the value rises. Here is a run-down of approximate catalog values for 1, 2, adn 5 lira coins, all of which look the same, but with different sizes and weights. Use our Important Terminology link to understand what 'catalog value' means.

1 LIRA, 22 mm diameter, 0.13 troy ounces silver content
worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circuated: $10
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $140
coins with dates and mint marks 1862T, 1862N, and 1867T are rare and catalog over $280 in well preserved condition

2 LIRE, 27 mm diameter, 0.29 troy ounces silver content
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circuated: $25
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $280
coins dated 1862 with and N mint mark are rare and catalog over $1000 in well preserved condition

5 LIRE, 37 mm diameter, 0.72 troy ounces silver content
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circuated: $35
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $400
coins with dates and mint marks 1861T, 1866N, 1872R, and 1873R are rare and catalog over $1000 in well preserved condition

The mint mark, M in our picture, appears to the left of the 1 lira designation.

Coin: 3031 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: John, Fri, 12-Feb-2010 17:38:22 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 23-Aug-2013 12:40:29 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 12-Aug-2015 03:19:31 GMT
Requester description: 1867 It looks like the other VITTORIO EMANUELE II coin on the site but the face is looking right not left and the back has a shield with a crown on it and a sort of leaf and flower design around the shield. It has the words REGNO D'ITALIA and the letters M L.1 with a small BN which I assumed was a mint mark. There is also letters which I can't make out along the edge (not on the faces) of the coin and there are a few small stars.
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Comments

I have two 1863 1 Lira coins, one matches the picture and description below but the second coin has a different back. The second coin has a large number 1 with Lira written under it in the middle of the back. Encircling the coint are Regno D'italia across the top and a wreath on the bottom half. Both are the same year and M makers mark. - Ben
Hi Ben -- We took your comment and made it a separate request since your coin looks substantially different than this one. We will do the research on your coin and publish it when ready on this site. Watch for it. - CoinQuest (Paul)

  

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