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20 Centesimi - Vittorio Emanuele III

20 Centesimi - Vittorio Emanuele III -  obverse20 Centesimi - Vittorio Emanuele III -  reverse

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Features

Country Italy
King Vittorio Emanuele III (1900-1946)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1918-1920
Value 20 Centesimi (0.20 ITL)
Currency Lira (1861-2001)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 3.90 g
Diameter 21.3 mm
Thickness 1.4 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 58
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Obverse

Crowned Savoia Shield between twisted branches of laurel and oak, the issuer name above, and the engraver's initials below

Lettering:
REGNO D'ITALIA
A.M.

Translation:
Kingdom of Italy
A.M.

Engraver: Attilio Silvio Motti

Reverse

Value and date of the coin within a hexagon surrounded by a laurel wreath and the mintmark below the date

Lettering:
CENT. 20
1918
R

Translation:
20 Centesimi
1918
R

Engraver: Attilio Silvio Motti

Edge

Smooth or reeded, the image shows both edge types. Smooth-edged planchets are also slightly thinner.

NOTE: For this type of coin the edge must be smooth, but sometimes traces of reeding are visible. The reeded edge is a mark of the previous coins km# 28 exactly as the traces of prevoius coin in the obverse or reverse.
The more these marks are visible the more the coin worths. Coins perfectly reeded are very rare

20 Centesimi - Vittorio Emanuele III -  obverse

Mint

R Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Rome, Italy (1911-date)

Comments

These have to be considered as emergency coins, since they were minted in years when nickel was very precious for military industries. To conserve the nickel, were used the previous 20 centesimi coins (km# 28) withdrawn from circulation as base metal to overstrike these new coins. For this reason many coins have signs of the design of the previous km# 28. The more these signs are clear and well defined the more valued is the coin.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1918 R 1.05 2.35 15% reeded edge
1918 R 43,097,000 0.19 0.60 0.69 1.32 2.13 64% smooth edge
1919 R 0.82 1.56 5.26 58.40 13% reeded edge
1919 R 33,432,000 0.07 0.53 0.49 1.08 1.59 49% smooth edge
1920  7.52 1.1% reeded edge; rare
1920 R 923,000 5.29 5.87 5.87 5% smooth edge; rare

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