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Lira

A term for a currency. It derives its name from "libra," which is the Latin word for a Troy pound of refined silver. It formerly was the name of the currencies in a number of states on the Italian peninsula, including Italy, San Marino and the Vatican. It continues to be the name for currencies in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.
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Newmarket trainer Chris Wall is due to receive two Italian yearlings, both purchased in the name of Landi Ettore-a 145 million lire (pounds 46,962) Barathea filly out of Listed winner Salsa Sound, and a son of Desert Prince out of 13-time winner Inner Door, bought for 92 million lire (pounds 29,797).
Celestial Bold is still owned by Scuderia Sant' Ambroeus, the vendors of Chicago Bulls, who beat the previous record of 220 million lire, set by a son of Caerleon two years ago.
The European Investment Bank's lending to Italy this year has risen by 30% over 1997 to 8,800 billion Lire (Euro 4,500 million).