Italy 100 Lire  1955 to 1989
Italy 100 Lire 1955 to 1989

These coins, minted in stainless steel, not silver as Monique has assumed, generally are worth only a dollar or two US. Some of the earlier dates, before 1962, can bring catalog values of about $100, but only if in fully uncirculated condition. Dates after 1962 are generally not very valuable even in pristine condition.

Use our Important Terminology page to understand what 'catalog value' means. It is an inflated value.

Dates with high catalog values in fully uncirculated condition are:

1955: $185 fully uncirculated
1956: $50 unc
1957: $50 unc
1958: $120 unc
1959: $120 unc
1960: $100 unc
1961: $100 unc
1962: $40 unc
1963: $30 unc
1964: $20 unc
1965: $20 unc
1966: $15 unc
1967: $15 unc

If your coin is not in the list above, it carries low value of only $1 or $2 even in fully uncirculated condition.

The coin in our picture is well preserved, but it is not fully uncirculated. Assigning numismatic grades (conditions) to these stainless steel coins can be tricky. Usually to get one fully uncirculated it must be in special packaging and purchased directly from the mint. See our comparison figure below. The luster, or frostiness, or creaminess, is what you look for in a truly uncirculated coin.

Coin: 1341 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: monique, Sat, 19-Sep-2009 18:35:33 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 21-May-2013 02:16:01 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest, appraisal ok, Fri, 01-Aug-2014 13:55:19 GMT
Requester description: 1979 The front has the face of a man with a wreath head band on the inscriptions say REPVBBLICA ITALIANA and there is a little bitty inscription directly underneathe the head and i cant make out the second word but the first word is ROMAGNOLI. On the back there is a man in drapped clothing with a helmet on hold a long stick or rod in one hand and next to him is a tree that he is grabbing. Closer to the bottom of the tree trunck on the left hand side is a capital L.100, straight across from that on the right hand side is a mint mark R.
Tags: italy 100 lire itialy italiana italians intaly italian ditalia italiane italia itali man wreath head band repvbblica republic i second romagnoli drapped drape helmet stick rod one hand tree grabbing grab trunck capital mint mark boy male boys mans greenery wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths repub repbulique republik repcblique republicas republicia reipvblicae repubblica reublico republiove republiek repvbliqve republica republique rupublica republika replucique rebublique repvblica replublica republka repvblique repbublic draped drapes helmeted helmit helmets sticky sitcky harpoon stuck sticks rods ones capitale captials capitol deutschemark marke dutchemark markt deuchmark marks marc marck trunk staff branch stalk leaves leaf twigs sprig braches limb twig sprays sprigs branching branches branched leafs leave leaved leafed leafy leavs


Is this a rare coin and what would the value be in well preserved condition? What does the 'r' mean? What's the history of the coin? Is 1956 any special year for this coin? Thank you for your help. - lina
According to the list on this page, 1956 is a 'better date' coin cataloging at $50 US dollars, but only when in uncirculated condition. In well preserved, but not uncirculated, condition, value drops to a dollar or two. - CoinQuest (Paul)

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