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  • 500 Lire 1982-2001, KM# 111, Italy
  • 500 Lire 1982-2001, KM# 111, Italy

Bi-metallic coins are coins consisting of two (bi-) metals or alloys, generally arranged with an outer ring around a contrasting center. Bi-metallic coins have been issued for a long time, with examples known dating from the 17th century, while the Roman Empire issued special occasion, large medallions with a center of bronze or copper and an outer ring of orichalcum, starting with the reign of Hadrian.

In recent times, the first circulating bi-metallic coin was the Italian 500 lire, first issued in 1982.

The manufacturing process is similar to that of ordinary coins, except that two blanks (the inner and the outer) are struck at the same time, deforming the separate blanks sufficiently to hold them together.

Engraver: Laura Cretara


Depicts allegorical portrait of Italian Republic with wings springing out of the head as a symbol of freedom and intelligence.



Depicts Quirinal Palace in Rome, obelisk and statue, value ("L.500") in Braille at top of outer ring and as text at bottom, plants either side. Date at bottom of center.

The Quirinal Palace (known in Italian as the Palazzo del Quirinale or simply Quirinale) is a historic building in Rome, Italy, one of the three current official residences of the President of the Italian Republic, together with Villa Rosebery in Naples and Tenuta di Castelporziano in Rome. It is located on the Quirinal Hill, the highest of the seven hills of Rome. It has housed thirty Popes, four Kings of Italy and twelve presidents of the Italian Republic. The palace extends for an area of 110,500 square metres and is the ninth-largest palace in the world in terms of area.

On the left, there is a fountain with the 14-meter-tall (46ft) obelisk once held a place of honor at the entrance to the mausoleum of Augustus. On the sides of the obelisk, there are the statues of the two Dioscuri (Castor and Pollux), as horse tamers. These statues - Roman replicas of Greek originals from the fifth century BC - once stood at the entrance of the baths of Constantine. According to legend, they fought aside of the Romans in the battle of Lake Regillus and carried the news of victory to Rome.



500 Lire

KM# 111 Schön# 110
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Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Acmonital
Center Bronzital
Weight 6.8 g
Diameter 25.8 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (R)

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