Collectible Italian and Vatican Coins

The history of coinage in the West has deep roots in Italy, where ancient Roman coins were struck beginning in roughly the year 500 BCE. By the Middle Ages, the florin, named for its origins in the Republic of Florence, became an important trading coin throughout Europe. Little wonder that florins were widely copied by other aspiring nations.

Meanwhile, the Papal States circulated the scudo, which was worth 100 baiocchi. In 1871, the states became a part of Italy, but the scudo had been scuttled in 1866, replaced by the Italian lira (equal to 100 centesimi).

Italian coins of the late 19th century featured an assortment of impressively mustached rulers—Vittorio Emanuele II’s facial hair was particularly grand, and his 50-lira coin from 1864 is especially prized.

As for Vatican coins, after a minting hiatus that lasted more than half a century, the Papacy began striking coins again in 1929. With denominations that paralleled Italy’s, the Vatican produced coins in traditional metals from copper and nickel to silver and gold, as well as in aluminum and stainless steel.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Ancient Coins: In Praise of the Celators!

Ancient Coins: In Praise of the Celators!

Dr. Tom Buggey’s Ancient Coins: In Praise of the Celators! focuses mainly on coins from Greek and Roman antiquity… [read review or visit site]

Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

Bi-metallic coins have been around since the 17th century, when a copper wedge was added to the English farthing to… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

Etruria Toscana Testone 1583 - Silver - Francesco I. De Medici (1574-1587) #1602Venice (italian State) Soldino / 4 Tornesi - Venetian Crete (1611-1647) #1462Vatican-papal States 1780 1 Scudo Silver Crown VfSavoia (italy) 1/2 Lire (10 Soldi) 1679 - Victorio Amedeo Ii. (1680-1713) #1608Italian States - 2 Zecchini 1775, Silver ''papal States''Rare Italian States Venice-crete 1624-29 60 Tornesi 4 Soldi Km# 9Kingdom Of Candia (regno Di Candia) 2.5 Soldini (10 Tornesi) 1610/1-1619 F+ RareSavoia (italy) 1 Lira (20 Soldi) 1691 - Victorio Amedeo Ii. (1680-1713) #1604Mantua (italian State) 1 Soldo 1731 - Copper - Carlo Vi. #1609Savoia (italy) 5 Soldi 1648 - Billon - Carlo Emanuele (1638-1675) #1607Savoia (italy) 1 Lira (20 Soldi) 1680 - Victorio Amedeo Ii. (1680-1713) #1603Italy Naples 120 Grana 1856 Ferdinando Ii Italian States Silver No Reserve 106Neaples (italy) Tari Nd - Carolus Ii. (1674-1700) #1605Italy 20 Lire Gold 19231906 San Marino 1 Lira Foreign Coin Free S/h1964 Italy 500 Lira Silver Foreign Coin Free S/hSan Marino 10 Lire 1933 R Rome Brilliant Uncirculated Silver No Reserve 111Italy 6 Tornesi Copper Coin Repubblica Napolitana 1799 Vii (rare - Mint: Z N)Mantua (italian State) Quattrino Nd - Federico I. Gonzaga (1478-1484) #1614Italy Fantastic Lot Of Twelve 500 Lire 83.5 % Silver Coins !!Italy 1905 R 2 Lire Silver Coin Uncirculated 1966 Italy 500 Lire Silver Foreign Coin Free S/hX.94) Italy 10 Lire 1927 / Silver / XfItaly Venice 5 Centesimi 1849 Zv Italian States Lion Scarce No Reserve 1351777s Italy 1 Soldo Milan Ngc Au 50 BnItaly Venice 15 Centesimi 1848 Zv Italian States Scarce Silver No Reserve 1331848-m Italy Lombardy&venitia 5 Lire Provisional Govt. High Grade 25.0gm.Mantua (italian State) Soldo 16?? - Copper - Carlo Ii Gonzaga (1647-1665) #1613Sardinia (italian State) 5 Soldi 1795 - Copper - Victorio Amedeo Iii. - 1563 *Italy 1958-1965 500 Lire Silver - 4 Coins Avg. Xf-auRegione Siciliana Silver & Bronze Commemorative Medal Set 1999Roman Republic (italian State) 3 Baiocchi 1849 R - Copper - Vf #1516Papal States 1 Lira 1868-xxiiir - Silver - Pius Ix. - Vf #15131725 Papal States (italy) Giulio 1/2 Biacchio Silver X MountItaly - Naples - 1556-1598 - Philip Ii - Ar Testone - Anacs Ef 40 Uncirculated 1894 Italy 20 Centesimi Foreign Coin Free S/hPope Paul Ioannes Xxlll Fine Silver Vatican Medal W/ BoxItaly 1863mbn 1 Lira Silver - 5 CoinsItaly Vatican Quattrino Paulus V 1605 1621 Scarce No Reserve 785Italy Venice 3 Centesimi 1849 Zv Italian States Lion Scarce No Reserve 134Italian States/lombardy-venetia 1822 Silver 1/4-lira! Very Fine! C# 4.3! Look!Italy 1 Lire 1863 SilverItaly 1863-1867 50 Centesimi Silver - 3 Coins Avg. Vf10 Lire Victor Emmanuel 3 1928Italy 1936 R 10 Lire Silver Coin Venice (italian State) 6 Bagattini Nd (1649-1676) - Copper #1460Mantua (italian State) 1 Soldo 1732 - Copper - Carlo Vi. #1610Toned 1958 Italy 500 Lire Silver Foreign Coin Free S/h1863 Italy Silver 50c Anacs Vf Cleaned Vatican City Silver 5 Lire Boat ! 1940 Gem Bu #bVatican City 1930 5 Lire Silver Au-uncUncirculated 1936 Papal Pius 10 Cent Foreign Coin Free S/hVatican City 500 Lire 1963 (silver)#2080Italy, 10 Centesimi 1863, XfItaly/papal States - 1 Lira 1867 R, Silver Italy - Sicily 5 Tornesi 1819 Km#121a Vf-Italy 2 Lire 1863 Naples Vittorio Emanuele Ii Casa Savoia Silver No Reserve 185Italy Vatican Leo Xiii Holy Year 1900 Medal Bronze2009-r €50 Vatican City Laocoon And His Sons Pcgs pr69dcam Proof Gold CoinItaly 5 Lire 1874 M Milan Vittorio Emanuele Ii Casa Savoia Silver No Reserve 105