1 Besa - Vittorio Emanuele III

Features

Issuer Italian Somaliland (Somalia)
King Victor Emmanuel III (1900-1941)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1909-1921
Value 1 Besa (1/64)
Currency Rupia (1909-1925)
Composition Bronze
Weight 2.5 g
Diameter 20 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 22158
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 1
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Obverse

Half-bust Vittorio Emanuele III facing left.

Lettering:
VITTORIO · EMANVELE · III · RE · D' ITALIA
L. GIORGI

Translation:
Vittorio Emanuele III King of Italy
L. Giorgi

Engraver: Luigi Giorgi

Luigi Giorgi or Evaristo Luigi Giorgi (Lucca, 1848 - Rome, August 20, 1912) was a goldsmith, engraver and Italian medalist. He was the chief engraver of the Royal Mint in Rome and the first director-teacher of the School of Medal Art. He is known for his engravings of Italian coins as well as various Chinese patterns.

Reverse

Value in Arabic and Italian in circle surrounded by name of ruling authority in Arabic and Italian.

Lettering:
بلاد الصومال الايطاليانية
١
بيزا
1 BESA
1909

SOMALIA ITALIANA

Translation:
Italian Somaliland
1
Besa
1 Besa
1909

Italian Somalia

Engraver: Luigi Giorgi

Luigi Giorgi or Evaristo Luigi Giorgi (Lucca, 1848 - Rome, August 20, 1912) was a goldsmith, engraver and Italian medalist. He was the chief engraver of the Royal Mint in Rome and the first director-teacher of the School of Medal Art. He is known for his engravings of Italian coins as well as various Chinese patterns.

Edge

Smooth

Mint

R Rome, Italy

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1909 R 2 000 000 $ 28 76%
1910 R 500 000 16%
1913 R 200 000 11%
1921 R 500 000 13%

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