About 5 Lires
From 1861 until 2002, when the euro came into effect, the lira was the official unit of currency for Italy. Now that the euro is the official currency for the European Union, the Italian 5 lire, both in coin and paper currency, is highly collectible. Since the coins in particular were available for so long, older coins such as the 1848 5 lire coin can be worth quite a bit. Coins of this denomination were made from both silver and gold when the currency was first established. More modern coins, such as the 1956 5 lire, are more likely to have been cast in stainless steel. Paper currency is a little more difficult to come by as a collectible, partially because paper currency is so fragile. Regardless of the precious metal content, the trusted sellers on eBay can help you to find the Italian 5 lire currency that you wish to add to your collection.