Coinyoshi's Blog

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.



Level 6

Nice research! Italian coinage is a favorite of mine ; )


Level 5

Great blog, but I only have 2 italian cons


Level 3

its ok I dont expect everyone to have them

Italy has an expansive history to collect for coins. Not only do you get ancient coinage from Rome, but "modern" coinage too.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I have a nice collection of Italian coins and enjoy them. You wrote a good blog, congrats on your first one. Keep up the good work. Please put it in paragraph form, than makes it easier to read and more enjoyable. Really good research on this one!


Level 6

I have found that if you write directly into the dialog box you are unable to maintain paragraph format. I have to write my longer blogs in Word then paste them to the box to preserve the formatting. If I want to change or correct something major, I paste the whole thing to word, make my correction, then paste back to the blog box.


Level 6

Great Job on your first blogging effort, thanks for your interesting research, I have learned today.

Doug S.

Level 4

Very interesting story. Thanks for sharing! Regards Doug


Level 5

Interesting story of Umberto and Italian coins. Nice first blog. Not to long, but very interesting subject. Always enjoy reading new things about coins and the history that surrounds the coins.


Level 5

Great post. You did a good job on the research. I also lived in Europe back in the late 70's , and early 80's. We passed through Rome on our way to Naples. It was my first exposure to Italian culture and money. I purchased a alabaster chess set while there. Thanks again for the history of the lire!


Level 7

I have a chain of Itialian Lire.it goes up to 500. And it's made at the Vatican. It has about six Popes on it. And if you could put up a bibliography please. Some of us like to follow up.thanks.


Level 5

Nice Blog, and you are correct, the Italian Lire is an interesting coin. I have a collection of them from when I lived in Europe in the 80s but certainly don't have anything like the 1883. Remember, if you find something interesting, many of us will too. This is a site to share our passion and joy of coins, keep up the good work.

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