Italy's final pre-euro coinage

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From Wikipedia:

In 1951, the government decided to replace all the circulating coins and bills/banknotes with new smaller-sized aluminium 1, 2, 5 and 10 lire (although the 2-lira coin was not minted in 1951 or 1952) and in 1954–1955, Acmonital (stainless-steel) 50- and 100-lira coins were introduced, followed by aluminium-bronze 20-lira in 1957 and silver 500-lira in 1958.
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#1
Italy 1 lira 1970.jpg


The 1 lira coin featured scales on the obverse.

A cornucopia, or horn of plenty, appeared on the reverse.

This was fitting for a fertile Mediterranean country.
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#2
Italy 2 lire 1985.jpg

The 2 lire coin showed a bee on the obverse and an olive branch on the reverse.
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#3
Italy 5 lire 1952-.jpg



Italy 5 lire 1952.jpg

The 5 lire coin featured a rudder on the obverse and a dolphin on the reverse.
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#4
Italy 10 lire 1971.jpg



Italy 10 lire 1969-.jpg

The 10 lire coin featured a plough on the obverse and two ears of barley on the reverse.
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#5
Italy 20 lire 1968.jpg

The 20 lire coin featured the head of Ceres on the obverse and oak leaves on the reverse.
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#6
Italy 50 lire 1958.jpg

The 50 lire coin featured the head of the Republic on the obverse - an allegorical Italia.
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#7
Italy 50 lire 1956.jpg

The reverse of the 50 lire coin featured a mythological Vulcan working at his anvil.
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#8
Italy 100 lire 1970~.jpg



Italy 100 lire 1970.jpg


The 100 lire coin featured a different version of Italia on the obverse.

The goddess Minerva appeared on the reverse, next to an olive tree sapling.
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#9
Italy 500 lire.jpg



Italy 500 lire-.jpg


The silver 500-lira was introduced in 1958.


From Wikipedia:

"Increases in the silver bullion price led to the 500-lira coins being produced only in small numbers for collectors after 1967."

I cannot see a year on this coin.


See also:  Multiple shields / coats of arms.
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#10
Italy 200 lire 1979.jpg


In 1977 an aluminium-bronze 200 lira coin was introduced.

It showed the head of Italia, with a gearwheel on the reverse.
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#11
Italy 500 lire 1984-.jpg



Italy 500 lire 1984.jpg


In 1982 the bimetallic 500 lire coin was released.

Bimetallic coins were still a rarity in those days.

This was the first one to feature the value in braille.


The obverse featured another version of Italia.

The reverse showed the Quirinal Palace.

It is a historic building in Rome.

It an official residences of Italy's president.
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#12
Italy 50 lire 1996.jpg



Italy 50 lire 1996-.jpg


From 1990 the 50 lire was reduced in size to 17 mm.

It was minted in stainless steel.

The coin was last produced in 1995.


A newly designed 50 lire coin was issued from 1996.

It was made of copper-nickel.

The obverse showed Italia.

The reverse featured a gearwheel, a cornucopia, grapes and vine leaves.
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#13
Italy 100 lire 1993.jpg


A smaller and redesigned copper-nickel 100 lire coin was introduced in 1993.

The obverse featured Italia.

The reverse showed an albatross, a dolphin, an olive branch and a wheat stalk.
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#14
Italy 1000 lire 1997.jpg



Italy 1000 lire 1997-.jpg


In 1997 a bimetallic 1000 lire coin was introduced.

Italia graced the obverse, whilst the reverse showed a map of Europe.
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