This article is about the currency issued by the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy from 1807 to 1814. For more uses of "Italian lira", see Italian lira (disambiguation).
Italian lira

40 lire 1808
40 lira coin

Official users

Flag of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy Kingdom of Italy

Years circulated


Pegged to

French franc


1/100 centesimo, 1/20 soldo


1, 3, 10 centesimi, 1, 5, 10, 15 soldi, 1, 2, 5, 20, 40 lire


Bologna Mint, Milan Mint, Venice Mint

The Italian lira of the Kingdom of Italy, a client state of the French Empire under Napoleon I, was issued from 1807 to 1814. It was subdivided into 100 centesimi (or "cents") or 20 soldi. The currency was pegged to the French franc.


By an imperial decree set by Napoleon on March 21, 1806, the Kingdom of Italy was to be given a new coined currency that would effectively replace the coins already in circulation. The coins were produced the following year in 1807 and continued to circulate until 1814, when France's defeat against the Habsburgs resulted in the disestablishment of the kingdom.


Starting in 1807, coins of the lira were produced at three mints: Bologna, Milan, and Venice. Currency was minted in denominations of 1, 3, and 10 centesimi; 1, 5, 10, and 15 soldi; and 1, 2, 5, 20, and 40 lire. Also, the town of Palmanova issued two siege coins in 1814 using denominations of the lira.


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Napoleonic lira
Lira coins ₤1₤2₤5₤20₤40
Centesimo coins 1 centesimo2 centesimi3 centesimi10 centesimi25 centesimi
Soldo coins 1 soldo5 soldi10 soldi15 soldi
Miscellaneous Bologna MintLuigi ManfrediniMilan MintVenice Mint
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