Italy, 20 Centesimi 1909


ID Number: DB01-0215
Category: Modern Coins
Description: Italy, 20 Centesimi 1909
Country or State: Kingdom of Italy
Year: 1909
Period: Kingdom (17 March 1861 - 18 June 1946)
Head of State/Ruler: Vittorio Emanuele III (Full Name: Vittorio Emanuele Ferdinando Maria Gennaro di Savoia)
Reign: 29 July 1900 – 9 May 1946 (45 years, 284 days)
Currency: Lira
Face Value: 20 Centesimi
Subject/Theme: Victory in flight
Obverse: Head left admiring wheat ear
Obverse Legend: ITALIA
Obverse Designer:

Designer: Leonardo Bistolfi

Sculpterer: Luigi Giorgi
Reverse: Victory in flight with Savoy arms below
Reverse Legend: C.20, 1909, R
Reverse Designer:

Designer: Leonardo Bistolfi

Sculpterer: Luigi Giorgi
Edge: Reeded
Mint Mark: R (Rome)
Composition: Nickel 97,5% (Ni)
Diameter: 21.50 mm
Weight: 4.000 grams
Mintage: 19,280,000
Krause & Mishler Number: KM# 44
Other Catalog Number: Gigante: 194; Pagani: 830
State of Conservation: Extremely Fine (XF)

Proof (Prf) € -
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) € -
Mint State/Mint Condition (MS) € -
Uncirculated (Unc) € 200.00
Extremely Fine (XF) € 30.00
Very Fine (VF) € 5.00
Fine (F) € 0.50
Very Good (VG) € -
Good (G) € -


Coins of this series were designed for the 5 and 10 cent (centesimi) although they were never minted. This new series was intended to replace the 25 centesimi in nickel and the large copper 5 and 10 centesimi for a total value of 20'000'000 Lire.

The beginning of World War I and the high costs of metals used to produce weapons stopped the mintage of the 5 and 10 centesimi coins while the 20 centesimi was suspended from 1915 to the end of 1918.