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Italy's final pre-euro coinage
« on: October 15, 2018, 03:11:40 PM »
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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 19541955, 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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Re: Italy's final pre-euro coinage
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2018, 03:13:13 PM »
The 1 lira coin featured scales on the obverse and a cornucopia, or horn of plenty, on the reverse - very fitting for a fertile Mediterranean country  in which agriculture is very important.

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Re: Italy's final pre-euro coinage
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2018, 03:14:30 PM »
The 2 lire coin showed a bee on the obverse and an olive branch on the reverse.

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Re: Italy's final pre-euro coinage
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2018, 03:16:53 PM »
The 5 lire coin featured a rudder on the obverse and a dolphin on the reverse.

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Re: Italy's final pre-euro coinage
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2018, 03:18:50 PM »
The 10 lire coin featured a plough on the obverse and two ears of barley on the reverse.

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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2018, 03:20:13 PM »
The 20 lire coin featured the head of Ceres on the obverse and oak leaves on the reverse.

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Re: Italy's final pre-euro coinage
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2018, 03:21:16 PM »
The 50 lire coin featured the head of the Republic on the obverse - an allegorical Italia.

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Re: Italy's final pre-euro coinage
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2018, 03:22:12 PM »
The reverse of the 50 lire coin featured a mythological Vulcan working at his anvil.
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2018, 03:24:38 PM »
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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Re: Italy's final pre-euro coinage
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2018, 02:07:54 PM »
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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Re: Italy's final pre-euro coinage
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2018, 02:14:22 PM »
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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Re: Italy's final pre-euro coinage
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2018, 02:21:31 PM »
In 1982 the bimetallic 500 lire coin was released. Bimetallic coins were still a rarity in those days, and this was the first one to feature the value in braille.

The obverse featured another version of Italia. The reverse showed the Quirinal Palace (known in Italian as the Palazzo del Quirinale or simply Quirinale) a historic building in Rome that is one of the three current official residences of the President of the Italian Republic.

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Re: Italy's final pre-euro coinage
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2018, 05:16:52 PM »
From 1990 the 50 lire was reduced in size to 17 mm and produced in stainless steel. It 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, while the reverse featured a gearwheel, a cornucopia, grapes and vine leaves.

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« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2018, 05:17:23 PM »
A smaller and redesigned copper-nickel 100 lire coin was introduced in 1993. The obverse featured Italia, while the reverse showed an albatross, a dolphin, an olive branch and a wheat stalk.

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Re: Italy's final pre-euro coinage
« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2018, 05:17:53 PM »
In 1997 a bimetallic 1000 lire coin was introduced. Italia graced the obverse, whilst the reverse showed a map of Europe.