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1990s Italy 100 Lire coin earrings Italia Turrita dolphin Rome Milan Venice Siena Capri Sardinia Parma San Gimignano Matera Positano e000172

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Italy 100 Lire {1993-2001} 2S

front: Italia Turrita {female head facing left, with long hair under a turreted cap}

Italia Turrita is the national personification or allegory of Italy, characterised by a mural crown (hence turrita or "with towers" in Italian) typical of Italian civic heraldry of Medieval communal origin. In broader terms, the crown symbolizes its mostly urban history. She often holds in her hands a bunch of corn ears (a symbol of fertility and reference to the agrarian economy); during the fascist era, she held a bundle of the lictors.

Over her head, a five-pointed star is usually seen shining radiant; an ancient secular symbol of Italy purported to protect the nation, known as Stella d'Italia or Star of Italy. Iconographic of the Risorgimento, it was used as the crest of the armorial bearings of the Kingdom of Italy from 1870 to 1890 and is the dominant element in the modern day emblem of Italy adopted at the birth of the Italian Republic in 1948.

back: Bird in flight at top, dolphin at bottom. Olive branch on left, wheat stalk on right.

• quantity 1 pair
• demonetized (no longer in circulation) polished Copper-nickel coins
• diameter: 22 mm
• weight: 4.5 g

• Style: steel fish hook ear wires with 6X2 mm coil
• Metal: silver plated surgical steel for sensitive ears
• Length: 19 mm top to bottom of open loop in front
• Thickness: 21 gauge
• rubber stoppers included

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