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    

Italy Sardinia 1821 Vittorio Emanuele I 5 Lire Silver Crown Km#115 Scarce DateGold Zecchino Nd (1789-1797) Venice, State Of Austria & Then Italy, Doge Manin!Gold Zecchino Nd (1684-1688) Venice, State Of Austria Then Italy, Gold Bezel! RrItalian States - Lucca (felix & Elisa) 5 Franchi 1807 Pcgs Ms 61 Km#24.3Gold Zecchino Nd (1779-1789) Venice, State Of Austria & Then Italy, Doge Renier!Italy Naples & Sicily 1875 120 Grana Ngc Ms-61 Rare In UncItaly 1916 R 2 Lire Silver Pcgs Ms64-beautiful Coin Looks Ms65 Very Rare CoinSilver 120 Grano 1842 Napoli & Siciliaferdinand Ii 1830-1859 27.5 GramsItaly (kingdom) 5 Lire 1879 R - Silver - Umberto I. - Vf- #2129 Italian States Venice-isole Et Armata Gazzetta, 2 Soldi 1686Candia Crete Under Venice 2 Gazetta 16th Century RareCandia Crete Under Venice 2 Gazetta 16th Century Rare 1831 Italy Sardinia Italian State 1 Lira Coin - Extremely ScarceUncirculated 1958 Italy 500 Lire Foreign Coin Free S/h!!!Italy 1942 Xx 1 Lira Ngc Ms-66 Finest Known1860, Emilia/romagna, Victor Emanuel Ii. Scarce Silver 1 Lira Coin. Florence!1674 Genoa, Scudo Steto, Weight 38 GramsItaly-naples (messina 1343-55) Tari Mec-784 Ngc Au 53 Ext Rare Lotdec3402Patriarch Of Aquileia Pilgrim Of Ortemburg Pfennig Silver Coin Extremely RareVatican 2014 Euro Coin Set Of 8 In Uncirculated Condition In Original PackingItaly-naples & Sicily 1841 120 Grana Silver Crown Fine1875 Italy 5 Lire Silver ( .90 ) Coin Vittorio Emanuele IiItaly 10 Lire, 1927, Biga With Female Silver Coin Uncleaned(0011)1966 Silver Italy L.500 Lire Lustrous***see Our Ebay Store For Great Deals1927-r Italy 5 Lire Silver Foreign Coin Free S/h!!!Italy Italia 1863 2 Lire Victorio Emanuele Ii Regno Silver World Coin Lot Nr2 Euro Commemorativi San Marino Coin 2005Vatican 2013 Sede Vacante Uncirculated 2€ Euro Commemorative Coin OriginalItaly 1916r 2 Lire Silver XfUncirculated 1961-r Italy 500 Lire Foreign Coin Free S/h!!!1894 Italy 20 Centesimi Foreign Coin Free S/h!!!San Marino 2€ - 2 Euro 2013 Uncirculated *unc*Italy (kingdom) 5 Lire 1876 R - Silver - Vittorio Emanuele Ii. - Vf- #2128Italy 1914r 2 Lire Silver VfUncirculated 1961-r Italy 500 Lire Foreign Coin Free S/h!!!1847 Italy Naples & Sicily 1 1/2 T.i Foreign Coin Free S/h!!!Katz San Marino 5 Lire 1938 Km#9 Silver1916-r Italy 2 Lire Silver Coin - Beautiful High GradeVatican 2014 Uncirculated 2€ Euro Commemorative Coin Fall Of The Berlin Wall1966 500 Lire Italy Silver CoinVatican 10 Centesimes 19401842 5 Lire Silver Car. Albertvs D. G. Rex Sard. Cyp. Et Hier - SardiniaUncirculated 1927-r Italy 5 Lire Silver Foreign Coin Free S/h!!!1927 Italy Silver 10 Lira Reserve!1985-2000 Vatican City Pope John Paul Ii Uncirculated Coin Set (6 Coins)Katz Italian States Sardinia 5 Centisimi 1826 Km#127Italy 5 Lire 1929 Silver A28 #28051868-r Vatican-papal States 4 Soldi Silver #w237Italy 50 Centesimi 1918Italy 2 Lire Silver Coin Of 1884. Umberto Primo.Vatican City 200 Lire 1999, Xf Coin W/ Christ Among The Poor And Outcast, Km 309Vatican, Italy Papal States 1 Soldo 1867 Year Xxi, Rome Mint, Pope Pius Ix Coin1940 Vatican City 5 Lire Silver #w233Vatican City 1 Lira 1942, Au Coin W/ Justice Holding Scales & Tablets Of The LawItaly 14 Assorted Coins Lot C7511927 Italy 5 Lire Au Nice Silver CoinItaly 11 Assorted Coins Lot C7521866-r Vatican-papal States 4 Soldi Silver #w238Italy - 2 Euro 2009 Emu, Unc1882 Italy Silver 2 Lira Very Fine! Very Nice! Old Italian Coins!