Italy: 1 Lira 1922-1935


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1922-1935
Composition: Nickel
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 8 grams
Total Mintage: 151,726,950
Unique Features:


Designed by Giuseppe Romagnoli, the obverse design features a woman (an allegorical figure for Italy) sitting enthroned holding an olive branch in her right hand and a glove with angel atop in her left hand. To the right of the seat or throne is the designer’s name “G. ROMAGNOLI” and the engraver’s name “A. MOTTI” (Amhn Motti).

The reverse design features a wreath enclosing the Savoy Arms (Italy’s National Coat of Arms at that time), the denomination “L.1” and the words “BVONO DA”. The “V” is actually a greek letter for “U” so the actual words are “Buono Da” or “Good For”. At the bottom of the coin is the mint mark “R” for Rome (note that all coins were minted in Rome).

General Market Notes

The keys to the series are all issues from 1929 to 1935 as mintage fell off dramatically towards the later part of the series. The semi-keys are the 1926 & 1927 issues.

Obverse Reverse
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