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1997 Italy 1000 Lire coin pendant Italia Turrita Rome Milan Venice Florence Palermo Sorrento Capri Catania Europa map Minerva n000278

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Commemorative issue
European Union

Italy 1000 Lire {1997-1998} 39S

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

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.

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• quantity 1
• demonetized {no longer in circulation} polished Bi-Metallic coin
Copper-nickel center in Aluminium-bronze ring
• diameter: 27 mm
• weight: 8.8 g

• 22" black cotton necklace with lobster clasp, 2 mm thick {see last photo}
• 24" stainless steel ball chain, 2.4 mm thick
• 1-1/8" stainless steel keychain with 30 mm ring {see last photo}
• no chain or cord

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