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Italy 1 and 2 Lire  1908 to 1917
Italy 1 and 2 Lire 1908 to 1917

What a cool design on this nice old Italian coin. Both 1 and 2 lire coins share the same design. There is a valuable 5 lire with the same design, L5 under the horses on the back, minted only in 1914, but most are counterfeits (see this CoinQuest page).

1 LIRA BEFORE 1915:
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $250

for 1 lira coins dated 1908, multiply these values by 4
for 1 lira coins dated 1909, multiply these values by 3
for 1 lira coins dated 1913, divide these values by 2

1 LIRA AFTER 1914:
worn: $10
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $35
fully uncirculated: $125

for 1 lira coins dated 1916, multiply these values by 2

2 LIRE BEFORE 1914:
worn: $20
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $230
fully uncirculated: $700

2 lire coins dated 1910 are scarce, multiply the above values by 2.5
2 lire coins dated 1911 are rare, multiply the above values by 5

2 LIRE AFTER 1913:
worn: $10
average circulated: $25
well preserved: $40
fully uncirculated: $90

2 lire coins dated 1917 are less common and catalog at $60 when average circulated and $175 when fully uncirculated

NEVER CLEAN A COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.

These are catalog values. Use our Important Terminology link to get an interpretation of this weasel word.

In addition to the coins cited above, there are a few earlier years of 1 lire issues with a slightly different obverse ('heads' side). These coins are worth about the same as the 1 lire coins quoted above, except for the 1908 date. If you are fortunate enough to have a 1908 1 lire, the catalogs call out values like this:

1908 1 LIRE:
worn: $40 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $80
well preserved: $250
fully uncirculated: $600

If your coin has been hit with steel wool, BO, the value will go to zero. Coin collectors will not purchase coins that have been abrasively cleaned.

Coin: 2203 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Big Osty, Tue, 08-Dec-2009 22:35:12 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 15-Apr-2014 16:18:08 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Tue, 15-Apr-2014 16:18:08 GMT
Requester description: 1915 Vittorio Emanvele III Re D'Italia 1915 L 2 Silver Coin
Tags: italy 1 2 lire vittorio emanvele emanuel iii re italia silver emmanuele emanuele emanele emanvel itialy italiana italians intaly italian ditalia italiane itali horse chariot gladiator gladiators line bar swirl squiggle branch stalk beard hair helmet bars squiggles scribbles swoosh squiggly squigle scribble curlycue swirls squiggley sqiggles swirly hairdo hairline

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