Thursday, December 4, 2008

So That's What Happened to All Those Italian Lira Coins!

My wife just showed me this in the new Macy's catalog. Yes, you too can purchase jewelry made from old Italian lira coins! The Euro was officially adopted as one of the first 12 European countries to do so in 1999 though the actual currency wasn't used until January 1, 2002. So, you won't find any lira coins minted after 2001.

I have a bunch of old lira coins. Anyone want to buy them from me? Let's start the bidding at...say....$1,000. :-)

4 comments:

Stefan van As said...

Are you sure those are all Lira's? I could swear half of them are actually euros...

Joe Ganci said...

Yes, you're right. I had noticed that and forgot to mention it. Can you believe they mix in Euros and then pass them off as Lira? Yes, I'm sure they are euros minted in Italy a the time, but they're not all lira! When I lived in Italy in the 70s, there was always a short supply of coins, so much so that stores would give out candies or IOUs rather than coins.

Sally la peste said...

interesting. I have a lot of Italian lira coins too!!!!!!!
Sally

Katya said...

I;ll trade you some Lira for some old Soviet kopeks and rubels.