The LIRA (plural lire) was the currency of the
* 1 History * 2 Coins * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links
In 2002, the
The development of Vatican coins largely mirrored the development of the Italian lire coins.
In 1929, copper 5 and 10 centesimi, nickel 20 and 50 centesimi, 1 and 2 lire, and silver 5 and 10 lire coins were introduced. In 1939, aluminium bronze replaced copper and, in 1940, stainless steel replaced nickel. Between 1941 and 1943, production of the various denominations was reduced to only a few thousand per year.
In 1947, a new coinage was introduced consisting of aluminium 1, 2, 5 and 10 lire. The sizes of these coins were reduced in 1951. In 1955, stainless steel 50 and 100 lire were introduced, followed by aluminium bronze 20 lire in 1957 and silver 500 lire in 1958. The 1 and 2 lire ceased production in 1977, followed by the 5 lire in 1978. Aluminium-bronze 200 lire were introduced in 1978, followed by bi-metallic 500 and 1000 lire in 1985 and 1997, respectively. The 50 and 100 lire were reduced in size in 1992.
Beginning in 1967, the Vatican began issuing coins using roman numerals for the year of issue, as opposed to the more common Arabic numerals .
Vatican lire coins were discontinued with the advent of the euro.
* Krause, Chester L.; Clifford Mishler (1991). Standard Catalog of World Coins : 1801–1991 (18th ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0873411501 .