Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Morgandude11, Apr 7, 2021.
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And for good reason, the King V.E. III who came to power in 1900 was a coin collector himself and he loved beautifully designed coins. He was in actuality the last King of Italy, till 1943. The royal family was then exiled from Italy.
@Morgandude11 - IMO one of the prettiest and most artistic coinage designs of the pre-WW1 20th Century Era! As you can imagine, I love this design! Davide Calandra was an absolute genius of classic sculpture!
I have a 1915 and 1916 of the 2 Lire of same design to yours above.
Those are totally stunning! I agree with you about the artistic beauty of those coins. They are like Carvaggio sculptures. They remind me of my trips to Italy.
The sculpture on which the coin design was based is quite stunning. It is located in Brescia. You can see that the original Quadriga driver was not included in the coinage design.
That is a magnificent sculpture. Clearly the coins mirror this masterpiece.
Can you imagine having to be some unfortunate Italian having to use such beautiful coinage?
@Morgandude11 - The prices for such wonderful coins also surprises me.
My example of the 1916 2 Lire graded PCGS MS64 was purchased 5 years ago for only $96. Imagine purchasing an MS64 graded 1916 Quarter or Half Dollar of USA coinage for $96!?!
Immense bang-for-buck in these coins.
It is amazing! I paid $50 US for that beautiful AU 58 with toning. I am bidding on another one for even less!
Excellent value. 1916 had the largest mintage of the series at 10,923,000. After the 10 gram silver 1917 2 lire coin, Italy devalued their coinage and started making their 2 lire coins out of nickel. Italy's 5 lire silver 25 gram coin dropped down in size to only 5 grams of silver.
That 1914 is stunning. I have them all but the 1911 2 Lire Quadriga Veloce, which was the lowest mintage of the series at 534,810. I have multiples of the 1911 2 Lire Cinquantenario (50 year anniversary).
The 1911 Italy 2 Lire with quadrigga reverse had a slightly different coin design, hence different KM number. The obverse legends had an inner circle of beads separating the legend from the portrait. The later variety struck from 1914-1917 is a better and cleaner looking design IMO.
Notice the donut shape area on the reverse of untoned metal. Sometimes this will be seen in the obverse, sometimes a donut shaped ring of tone on an otherwise white coin. This is common on all subsidiary coinage from 1900-1930. According to Italian coin dealer Matteo Cavedoni, this was caused by the way the planchets were prepared prior to striking. He didn't elaborate, but it makes sense since it is seen on multiple denominations and designs over a 30 year period.
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