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
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sun, 07-Aug-2016 17:18:56 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 italiana italians italian ditalia italiane italia itali lira lyre man wreath head band inscriptions monogram repvbblica republic inscription second romagnoli drapped drapery helmet hat stick branch rod one hand tree grabbing grab trunck capital mint mark male mens mans wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths script letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters lettering scrip lettered initials repub repbulique republik republ republican republicas republicia reipvblicae republiove republiek repvbliqve republica republique republika rebublique repvblica republicans repvblique secvndae secvnd romagnol curtains drape draped curtain drapes helmeted hood caps headband hooded bonnet cap helmit helmets headdress twigs stalks spray sprig limb twig sprays sprigs branching stalk branches branched sticks rods ones capitale captials capitol mintmark mintmaster mintmarks deutschemark reicshmark dreimark sammel marke dutchemark kohlenmarke reichmark sammelmarke deuchmark markas marks marc satzmarke reichsmark marck trunk staff leaves leaf greenery leafs boughs liafy bush leave leaved bough leafe leafed leafy leavs foliage


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)

I have the coin below but unfortunately it has a small hole on the edge as it was attached to a chain. Is there still any value to it Thank you Ree - Ree
Modifications like you describe and considered damage by coin collectors. There is zero collector demand for damaged coins, therefore your coin is worth face value and nothing more. - CoinQuest (Paul)

My coin is an lire 100 and is 1981 I know it's not worth much but in the future will it be with more then now which is about a few cents.....?? - Jeannie
Because this coin is not made of precious metal and 1981 isn't a valuable date for this series, it's not likely that the collector value will go up anytime soon. In 50 or 100 years it is possible that people may be willing to pay more to own one, but I wouldn't expect it to grow much in value. - CoinQuest (Todd)

Hi, I have a L.50 1956 and a L.100 1957 obviously very well preserved but not fully uncirculated. What would recommend me to do with it ? Thank you. - Philippe
If you plan on keeping them, check out your local coin shop for some coin flips (holders) to help protect them from being scratched or getting fingerprint marks on them. I have a few of these coins myself and enjoy looking at them from time to time. - CoinQuest (Todd)

We have a 1966 coin in is well preserved how much currently would it sell? Where can we find a good buyer for this currently we are in Philippines . thank you. - neil
You might have some luck selling it on eBay or another online auction site, but it's not a terribly high-value coin. Recent auctions show that it is selling for less than ten U.S. dollars in uncirculated condition. If you're interested, you're more than welcome to create a free advertisement here on CoinQuest. Just click on 'Buy and Sell Coins' to get started. - CoinQuest (Todd)

Hi there, i have one l100 , 1955. Judge from the eyes, its in quite good condition, how much can it worth now. Thank you
- chris
1955 is a good date. Values depends strongly on condition. Find a knowledgeable collector or professional coin dealer who can grade the coins and evaluate it for you. Since you found it in circulation, it is probably in well preserved condition. That would make it worth $25 USD or so. - CoinQuest (Paul)





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