The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) released gold Proof coins with a specific focus on the country’s numismatic past featuring well-known designs seen on previously circulating coinage. This release highlights the one-lira coins (KM# 91) in use from 1951 until the Italian lire was replaced by the euro.

With the conclusion of the Second World War in 1945, coin production was resumed again the year after. The Italian Mint in Rome commenced with the production of four denominations of one, two, five, and 10-lire coins minted in aluminium and dated 1947. This attractive set was replaced in 1951 with smaller coins and different designs.

Artist: Maria Angela Cassol


Reproduction of the obverse of the 1 lira coin issued in 1951 showing scales, surrounded by the country name. In the exergue, the name of the designer (CASSOL); around, a dot-decorated frame.



Reproduction of the reverse of the 1 lira coin showing a cornucopia next to the number "1" of the coin’s value in the 1950s. On the left, the value "50 EURO", "2021", the year of the coin’s issue and "R", identifying the Mint of Rome respectively; around, a dot-decorated frame.


Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.999
Weight 15.552 g
Diameter 28 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (IPZS)

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