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Italy 500 Lire 1958 to 2001
Check the edge of the coin, LeishaF, for the date. It will be between 1958 and 2001 when these coins were minted.
This is an unusual coin because it contains silver well after most circulating coins shed their silver content. After 1964 in the US, for instance, 'silver' coins were made out of copper-nickel. Not so with Italian 500 lire. They contain 0.295 troy ounces of silver even up to 2001.
To find the value of your 500 lire, multiply the current price of silver by 0.295. For instance, if silver is trading at $14 US dollars per troy ounce, the bullion value of an Italian 500 lire is 0.295 x $14 = $4. Be sure to check the price of silver. It changes every day. See kitco.com.
There is an unusual variation on this coin called a test (PROVA) version. Click to this web site for more information.
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