Coinyoshi's Blog

16 Sep 2020

Coins of the Roman Empire in 450 words

Young Numismatists Exchange | Coinyoshi

Hi, I'm back for my second blog. Just finished playing a Civ 6 game as the Roman Empire, and that gave me a blog idea. Roman coins. Here we go.

12 Sep 2020

Umberto's 1880s Italian Coins

Coins - World | Coinyoshi

This is my first blog EVER, so I will just try it, so can I just make a few mistakes? The Italian lire was used in currency in Italy since the 1860s and carried on until 2002, when the Euro was becoming the dominant currency in the European Union and all of the unique currencies were almost too confusing for the Union to handle. One example of one of Umberto's lire coins is the two lire coin, which I am lucky enough to actually find in my basement. The other denominations are the same design, but bigger or smaller depending on the denomination. On the obverse, it has King Umberto I, the words "Umberto I, Re Italia" and the year it was dated, which for my coin was 1883. Before I tell you any more about the coin, you should know about King Umberto's life. He was the King of Italy, and worked for the good of the people. This earned him the nickname Umberto Il Bueno, or Umberto the good. He was known for leading Italy into an impacting alliance with Austria-Hungary, which would be a crucial part of the Axis in World War II but was great for the king and the people in the 1880s. Umberto was a good king, and that came crashing down on July 29, 1900 in Monza, Italy when a man named Gaetano Bresci, an anarchist who opposed his views, shot him four times. Then, Umberto died. Now, back to the coin. On the reverse, the 2 lire it says L 2 and has the House of Savoy coat of arms. The House of Savoy is the family that Italian kings have been coming from for over 1,000 years. The coat of arms is surrounded by a wreath that is connected by one flower in the middle. Also depicted is the Italian king's crown, which is on top of the coat of arms. On the edge, it reads "FERT" with the mintmark (In my case, R for Rome) and some roses next to it. FERT was the motto of the Italian House of Savoy, but nobody really knows what it really means even though there are many guesses. They were minted in locations of the Instituto Poligrafico E Zecca Dello Stato, which is the Italian national mint and book printer, with it's headquarters in Rome. This was a very interesting topic to research, and I hope you enjoyed this, too. The story of Umberto the First, his legacy, his coins and his sad death similar to Abe Lincoln's makes for good reading. If you want to know more, just do some research. Thank you for reading this blog post about the interesting story of Umberto and Italian coins.

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