Italy 1874 Cinque Lire Fine

Old attractive toning on the obverse. .900 silver.

Italy had a spending problem. It was undermining the stability of the Latin Monetary Union back in the 1860’s. Based on the silver French 5 Franc piece, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy were supposed to have freely interchangeable silver coins that could be accepted anywhere. It didn’t work.

More on that history here: and here:

TEC sells other coins from the Latin Monetary Union.

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