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Italy 5 Lire  1951 to 2001
Italy 5 Lire 1951 to 2001

Hi dhtaz -- I believe that is a tiller (rudder) from an old sailing ship. It goes along with the dolphin or whale theme.

These coins are very modern and are not worth very much. The catalogs list all dates after 1966 at less than one US dollar even in uncirculated condition.

One date sticks out, the year 1956, since only four hundred thousand were made this year. Most other years see a mintage of many millions, some over a hundred million.

1956 worn: $20 US dollars catalog value
1956 average circulated: $100
1956 well preserved: $400
1956 fully uncirculated: $1200

A few of the earlier dates have some collectible value when in absolutely, fully uncirculated condition.

Dates 1951, 1952 and 1966:
worn: less than $1
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $6

Refer to our 'Important Terminology' page on the top left in order to properly interpret these catalog values.
Coins that are cleaned, damaged or have other problems will be worth much less than the values cited on this page.

Coin: 4013 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: dhtaz, Sat, 08-May-2010 14:43:05 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Tue, 27-Aug-2013 14:44:06 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Tue, 27-Aug-2013 14:44:06 GMT
Requester description: 1953 has a #5 with a whale under it also has the date and mint mark on this side the other side REPVBBLICA ITALIANA around the rim with a wierd shape in the middle like an old seltzer bottle.
Tags: italy 5 lire whale mint mark repvbblica republic italiana shape an seltzer bottle deutschemark marke dutchemark markt deuchmark marks marc marck repub repbulique republik repcblique republicas reipvblicae repubblica reublico republiove republiek repvbliqve republica republique rupublica republika replucique rebublique repvblica replublica republka repvblique repbublic itialy italians intaly italian ditalia italiane italia itali dolphin rudder tiller dolfin

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