100 lire coin | Everything about the Rarest Italian 100 lira

Who does not remember the 100 lira coins? And you? If you visited Italy a few years ago, before the advent of the euro, you will certainly have had some of these coins in your pocket. Maybe you brought some of them home as a souvenir.

Would you like to know what value these coins may have? Then you’re in the right place.

Every now and then they come out of some forgotten pocket or in the strangest corners.

The 100 lira coin that we all have in mind are the coins in Acmonital (we talked about this material here) of the Italian Republic, minted from 1955 to 1989, known as “One Hundred Minerva Lire”.

Let’s see, below, some order and clarity on the various rare lira 100 coins more valued.

100 Lire Rare Value:

Even the 100 lira coins, like many other lira coins that we have seen in other articles, can have interesting values and quotations. The value of the 100 lire can vary from a few euros to hundreds of euros, depending of course on various parameters that we will describe.

It must always be remembered that only coins in MINT quality reach the prices often described: if the currency shows signs of wear and tear and of circulation, it is difficult to find a high value of the rare hundred lire.

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100 lire 1955

1955 was the first year of minting of the 100 lire Minerva , with a circulation of 8,600,000 copies.

This coin, the 100 lire of1955, on the obverse presents a head of Italy crowned with a laurel looking to the left, a representation that takes up the iconography of coins of Syracuse of the fourth century BC.

On the reverse is a representation of the goddess Minerva, hence the common name of the coin, and the indication of the value.

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The 100 lire coin of 1955 can have a value of 1000 euro

Value of 100 lire coin of 1955

If you owned a 100 lire coin of 1955 in MINT quality, its value could reach 700/1000 euros.

It is therefore a coin of 100 lire with a great value.

If the conservation status falls to SPL (splendid), the value is around 75 euros.

100 lire coin of 1956

In 1956 were issued 99,800,000 copies of 100 lire Minerva coin

For this reason, being the 100 lire of 1956 very common, their value is only around 10 euro.

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100 lire italian coin year 1956

Value of 100 lire 1956:

The value of the 100 lire 1956 is therefore little less or little more than that figure, depending on a worse or better state of conservation, but up to more than 100 euro if MINT.

100 lire coin 1957

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100 lire italian coin year 1957

A coin of 100 lire Minerva 1957, in conservation SPL ( Splendid ), is around 29/30 euros.

You can also get around 150/200 euros for a 100 lira coin of 1957 in quality MINT

90,600,000 pieces were minted that year.

100 lire coin Year 1958

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Moneta da cento Lire del 58

In 1958, 25,640,000 new Minerva lira coins were put into circulation.

Since the circulation is smaller than in the previous two years, they are a little less common to find and for this reason, if the quality is MINT they are estimated up to 700€.

700 euro is, however, the catalogue price of the 100 lire 1958, and this figure is unlikely to be reached on the market.

Any 100 lira coin from 1958, if circulated and in poor condition, is worth very few euro..

100 lire coin of 1974 with Marconi

This year the first commemorative 100 Lira coin was issued.

It was dedicated to the centenary of the birth of Guglielmo Marconi.

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100 Marconi’s Commemorative Italian Lira Coin

On the obverse appears the face of Guglielmo Marconi surrounded by the inscription REPVBBLICA ITALIANA and the author’s signature (Monassi).

On the reverse there is the radio antenna of the transceiver invented by Marconi, together with the centenary indication (1874-1974), the value L.100 and the inscription “GUGLIELMO MARCONI”.

How much are the hundred liras marconi worth? Fifty million of them were minted, so their value, even if mint, is a few euros.

Among these 50,000,000 coins there are also trial versions, both in Acmonital and in Silver, and in this case the quotations increase because they are considered 100 lire rare.

For example, the Silver trial version of this coin, classified as rarity R2, is valued at about 350 euro.

100 lire of 1979 “FAO”

To celebrate FAO’s Day of Activities, Italy issued a new 100 lira commemorative coin in 1979.

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The 100 Italian Lira commemorative coin of 1979

On the obverse side is a girl’s head with a braid, facing left and surrounded by the inscription “REPVBBLICA ITALIANA”. Below is the name of the engraver (Giandomenico).

On the other side I see a cow suckling calves under the inscription “NUTRIRE IL MONDO”. On the right, the value ‘100 LIRE 1979’.

Finally, the abbreviation “FAO”.

The circulation is 100,000,000 copies, so the value, even if in mint quality, does not exceed 2 euros.

100 Italian Lire Coin of 1981 “Livorno Naval Academy”

A third coin of one 100 lire commemorative was issued in 1981 to celebrate the centenary of the Naval Academy of Livorno.

On the obverse, M. Vallucci represented the rudder and again, surmounted by a turreted crown.

On the reverse side wafts the flag of the Italian Navy with in the background the building of the Naval Academy of Livorno, the dates 1881-1981 and the inscription “CENTENARY ACCADEMIA NAVALE DI LIVORNO”.

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One hundred lira coin 1981 Naval Academy of Livorno

39,500,000 copies were minted and even this coin does not reach a value exceeding 2 euros even in the best state of preservation.

100 italian lire coin Year 1990

In this year was minted a new coin of one hundred lire, with the same iconography but with very small size.

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Le cento lire piccole del 1990 – 1992

It was precisely the small size of the 100 small lire that made it so uncomfortable.

For this reason it was only coined for a few years, from 1990 to 1992, for a total of 324,000,000 specimens.

100 lira coin of 1993 “Italia turrita”

From 1993 until 1999, a total of 911,507,200 100 lira coins were minted in cupronickel, with a new iconography by the engraver Laura Cretara.

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An example of a 100 lire 1993

On the obverse side of this coin we can see a turreted woman’s head. Hair bows woven with a double helix like DNA (referring to the origin and history of Italians), come out of the veil. Below, together with the author’s name, two five-pointed stars.

On the verso, the value 100 lire, together with the thousandth, are at the center in a circle. Along the edge of the circle there are a seagull and a dolphin, representing the freedom of sky and sea, an olive branch and an ear of wheat symbols of peace and freedom.

  • Usually they are considered common (C) coins that can be worth from 1€ to 7€ depending on the state of conservation.


There is a version of the coin minted in 1993 that has the smallest head and the author’s name has a different position. These are considered Rare (R). It is estimated that between 100,000 and 400,000 pieces can be in circulation.

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100 Lire Turrita with Small Head. Note the different margin between the illustration and the edge of the coin
  • On May 14, 2011 a MINT  100 lira Turrita coin with a small head was auctioned for €196.
  • For this variant with a small head, an enthusiast can spend from 20€ to 60€ depending on the state of conservation of the exemplar circulating.

100 lire italian coin of 1995 “FAO II”

The last of the 100 lira commemorative coins of the Italian Republic to be minted is, like the first, dedicated to FAO.

In this case, it commemorates the 50th anniversary of FAO. On the obverse the image is the same as the hundred lira “Italia turrita”, while on the reverse the indication of the value 100 is interwoven with an olive branch and an ear of wheat.

In the background meridians and parallels recall the globe whose pole is the symbol of the fiftieth anniversary and dates 1945-1995.

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100 lire italian coin 1995 FAO II

100,000,000 cupronickel pieces were minted, including some in a mirror background version for collectors.

Nevertheless, the present value remains low and does not exceed EUR 2.

Banknote of 100 Italian lire

There are two versions of 100 lira banknotes, both from the Kingdom of Italy.

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100 italian lire of 1874

A first version of the 100 lira banknote is the 1874 one, of blue colour, with the value reported in the centre on the front of the banknote and a woman’s effigy on the back.

A second 100 lira banknote was issued in 1897, in a brownish colour.

During the Fascist twenty years, the Bank of Italy created only three new types of banknotes, including the one 100 lire banknote issued in 1931.

On the obverse of the banknote appears the personification of Rome with the helmet, sitting in front of the wolf, with a spear and a shield.

In the last periods of the fascist government, some moulds of the beginning of the century were recycled and banknotes of one hundred lire were printed with different colors (straw yellow).

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Autore dell'articolo

Marco Salvatori

I don't like to call myself a Numismatic but rather a passionate collector of italian lira, modern and even ancient coins. I love studying the history of our country through coins and each piece tells me its story.

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