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LIRA

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 770 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LIRA, the Italian name (Lat. libra, pound) for a silver coin, the Italian unit of value in the Latin Monetary Union, corresponding to the French, Swiss and Belgian franc (q.v.), and the drachma of Greece, &c. The name is sometimes used of the Turkish pound, medjidie.
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