How Much Does a Gold Lira Weigh?

Gold coins that once served as legal tender in Italy hold great appeal among collectors, investors, and historians. Their value stems primarily from their gold content while condition and historical significance also play a role.

Add these Italian gold coins to your collection for an excellent way to experience history and culture while simultaneously reaping a secure investment opportunity.


Gold lira weight depends heavily on its value, denomination and manufacturing processes; however, other factors may have an effect as well – for instance the type of handles attached to it as well as visual appearance among others.

There are different gold lira models, from the full horse lira to quarter horse liras and republic half liras; each offers distinct features to make them attractive investments or jewellery options. The quarter horse lira, for instance, offers more affordability compared to full models while republic half liras feature handles that give them a traditional aesthetic while making them easier to wear as necklaces or earrings.

The Lira is a sought-after investment option for those interested in rare gold coins, being made of 22k gold with iconic portraits of Victor Emanuel and Umberto I of Italy adorning its surface. Collectors appreciate these coins due to their longstanding history as symbols of unification in Italy. Gold bullion bars are another safe way of investing precious metals; their convenient form provides secure storage solutions.


The Lira was one of the initial gold coins minted by Italy after unification, in 1861. It featured its reigning monarch on its obverse while its reverse showcased the coat of arms for the Kingdom on its reverse. Within Latin Monetary Union it aligned closely with France, Switzerland and Belgium’s Francs with respect to gold content and purity levels.

Between 1861 and 1914, various sizes of 20 Lire Gold Coins were produced between various mints. By 1919 however, its purchasing power had dropped to one-fifth that of its value in 1914, leading to all denominations except 1 Lira’s production being discontinued.

Although these pieces do not constitute legal tender in modern-day Turkey, their value fluctuates in tandem with international gold markets every day that markets are open – their intrinsic price increases and decreases with gold’s cost and an extra premium is applied due to their historic relevance from Ottoman Empire times.


Gold coins are an attractive investment option for investors and collectors, both because of their historical value and as an alternative form of investing during uncertain economic conditions. Their price varies according to purity, denomination and rarity/condition; rare and condition will also play a factor.

Purity of gold can be measured using the fineness scale, with higher numbers indicating greater purity. Even high quality bars may contain trace elements of impurities; to ensure maximum purity levels in coins or bars made from it, all dore bars used to extract their gold are first melted down before being assayed and assayed for coins/bars that come off them.

Modern gold coins typically bear their purity marked as 0.999 fine (24 karat) or 999 fine (99.999% pure), also known as four nines’ or five nines’ gold.


Manufacturing gold coins requires several intricate steps. Once refined, gold must be shaped and engraved. This time-consuming and costly process often takes years. First step: Create a clay model of the coin; next comes making a plaster cast from that clay model which is reduced; this master model then serves as the template for die creation which produces coins with custom designs.

The New Republic Gold Ata Lira is an ideal addition to investment and retirement portfolios, as its real market price rises and falls with gold’s market fluctuations – making it an excellent way to diversify any coin collection worldwide.

These gold bullion coins were produced prior to Italy adopting the euro, yet retained their face value as legal tender in Kingdom of Italy, providing intrinsic numismatic and historical value.

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