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Offline bagerap

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50 Lire or 50 Centesimi?
« on: September 17, 2019, 02:27:30 PM »
I'd guess Lire otherwise it would have to be very old for 50 cents to be viable. I don't know why but Ithink it may be a casino token although the monogram isn't on our lists.

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Re: 50 Lire or 50 Centesimi?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2019, 05:01:25 PM »
Lre could indeed be lire, though in Italy, they'd have used L. My vote goes to Litre, though, and I am thinking of milk and some co-op.

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Re: 50 Lire or 50 Centesimi?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2019, 05:02:32 PM »
Thanks Peter, that makes sense.

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Re: 50 Lire or 50 Centesimi?
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2019, 08:15:30 AM »
I have seen "Lre" (large L with a superscript RE after it) as an "abbreviation" of lire, and it is common in Italian to put the unit before the number, not just with currency and not just when dealing with symbols/abbreviations. As to the size of the denomination - 50 centesimi was a usable amount for, say, a wardrobe check or public convenience, well into the 1930s.

If the abbreviation is for litre, then it isn't Italian (singular litro, plural litri). French would be the obvious choice otherwise. But I am slightly perplexed by the decimal *point*. French (and Italian, and most other European languages other than English) use a comma to separate units from decimal fractions. Though I don't know for how long that usage has been widely standardised.

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Re: 50 Lire or 50 Centesimi?
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2019, 12:10:20 PM »
Similar thoughts occurred to me. British speaking nations use litre while the US uses liter so they are out.

Lire is more likely I feel but in Italy the decimal point is usually a comma.
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Re: 50 Lire or 50 Centesimi?
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2019, 12:14:18 PM »
What about Pakistan? ???

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