Coins of the Italian lira

Italian lira coins were the coins of the Italian lira that served as Italy's currency from 1861 until 2001 when it was replaced by the Euro. From 1980 until 2001, 1 and 2 lira coins were struck solely for collectors due to their low value, and in 1998 the 5 lira was also sold for collectors only. 10 and 20 lira coins dated 2000 or 2001 were struck in sets only. The 500 lire coin was the first bimetallic circulating coin, and was also the first coin to feature Braille numerals (a Braille "500" is on the reverse side on top of the building)

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Value Image Specifications Description Minted Usage Common Reference
Obverse Reverse Diameter Thickness Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse
Centesimo (¢1) 15 mm 1 g Bronze (1861-1918)
Centesimi (¢2) 20 mm 2 g Bronze (1861-1917)
Centesimi (¢5) 25 mm (1861-1918), 19.5 mm (1919-1943) 5 g (1861-1918), 3.25 g (1919-1939), 2.95g (1939-1943) Bronze (1861-1939), Aluminum-bronze (1939-1943) (1861-1943)
Centesimi (¢10)[1][2] 30 mm (1862-1867), 30.5 mm (1893-1894), 30 mm (1911), 22.5 mm (1919-1943) 10 g (1862-1911), 5.4 g (1919-1939), 4.7 g (1939-1943) Bronze (1862-1939)
Aluminum-bronze (1939-1943)
(1862-1943)
Centesimi (¢20) Silver 186?
Copper-nickel 1894–95, 1918–20
Nickel 1908-38
Stainless steel 1939-43
186?-1943
Centesimi (¢25)
Centesimi (¢50) Silver 1862-189?
Nickel 1919-38
Stainless steel 1939-43
1862-1943
Lira (£1) Silver 1862-1917
Nickel 1922-38
Stainless steel 1939-43
Aluminum 1946–70, 1980-2001
1862–1970, 1980-2001
Lira (£2) Silver 1862-1917
Nickel 1923-39
Stainless steel 1939-43
Aluminum 1946–70, 1980-2001
1862–1970, 1980-2001
Lira (£5) Silver 1862-1941
Gold 1862-????
Aluminum 1946-2001
1862-2001
Lira (£10) Aluminum 1951-2001
Lira (£20) Aluminum-bronze 1957–59, 1968-2001 1957-2001
Lira (£50) Stainless steel 1954-95
Copper-nickel 1996-2001
1954-2001
Lira (£100) Stainless steel 1955-92
Copper-nickel 1993-2001
1955-2001
Lira (£200) Aluminum-bronze 1977-2001
Lira (£500) Silver 1958-2001
Bi-metallic aluminum-bronze center in stainless steel ring, 1982-2001
1958-2001
Lira (£1000) Bi-metallic copper-nickel center in aluminum-bronze ring 1997-2001
1 Italian lira 1863
 
Vittorio Emanuele II Coat of arms of the House of Savoy
200 Italian lire Montessori
 
FAO's celebration Maria Montessori

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://cachecoins.org/italy1867.htm
  2. ^ "10 Centesimi - Vittorio Emanuele II". Numista. Retrieved 2018-06-26.