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Italy 1 Lira, and 2 and 5 Lire (Fakes are possible)  1861 to 1878
Italy 1 Lira, and 2 and 5 Lire (Fakes are possible) 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. Fakes are possible.

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
Last review by CoinQuest: 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.
Tags: italy 1 lira lire 2 5 fakes counterfeit italiana italians italian ditalia italiane italia itali lyre replica forger counterfet fake counterfiet reproductions repro reproduction counterfeits replicas forgery vittorio emanuele emanuel ii shield crown leaf flower regno regnal letters monogram mint mark few stars star vitturio vitt vitorio vittori emmanuele emanvel emanvele arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon crowned tiara crowns tiarra crowning tiera greenery leafs leaves boughs liafy bush leave leaved bough leafe leafed leafy leavs foliage florets blossom fler fleurs lises petals leis lisse flowerettes flur stems trefoils floral lily petels orchid lis posy bouquet flowers flour orcid bud lilly fleur lei petal bloomed trefoil floret floer stem flowery lilys fluer fleures pedals reign regn regne regnum regni regnat reyna script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials mintmark mintmaster mintmarks deutschemark reicshmark dreimark sammel marke dutchemark kohlenmarke reichmark sammelmarke deuchmark markas marks marc satzmarke reichsmark marck starrs cross

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