1928, Italy, Victor Emanuel III. Rare Silver 20 Lire Coin. End of WWI Centenary!
Mint Place: Rome
Mint Year: 1928 (A.VI)
Denomination: 20 Lire - End of WWI Centenary!
Material: Silver (.600)
Obverse: Helmeted bust of Victor Emanuel III left. Designer’s signatures to right, near rim.
Legend: VITT . EM . III . RE .
Reverse: Fasces with lion’s head and ax. Denomination (L.20) in left field, motto in seven lines along ax.
Comment: Anniversary dates (MCMXVIII/MCMXXVIII, A.VI) in roman numerals along fascesÃ‚Â´ bands.
Motto: MEGLIO / VIVERE UN / GIORNO DA / LEONE CHE / CENTO ANNI/ DA PECO / RA
Motto (translated) : "It is better to live one day as a lion, then your whole life as an animal!"
Victor Emmanuel III (11 November 1869 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 28 December 1947) was a member of the House of Savoy and King of Italy (29 July 1900 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 9 May 1946). In addition, he claimed the crowns of Ethiopia and Albania and claimed the titles Emperor of Ethiopia (1936Ã¢â‚¬â€œ41) and King of Albania (1939Ã¢â‚¬â€œ43) which were unrecognised by the great powers in 1937 and 1939, respectively. During his long reign, the Kingdom of Italy became involved in two World Wars. His reign also encompassed the birth, rise and fall of Italian Fascism.
He has been seldom treated sympathetically by historians. At worst, his abdication prior to the referendum reminded undecided voters of the role the monarchy and the King’s own actions (or inactions) had played during the Fascist period, at precisely the moment when monarchists were hoping that voters would focus on the positive impression created by Crown Prince Umberto and Princess Maria JosÃƒÂ© as the de facto king and queen of Italy since 1944. The ‘May’ King and Queen, Umberto and Maria JosÃƒÂ©, in their brief, month-long reign, were unable to shift the burden of recent history and opinion. (Some present-day historians have speculated that, had Victor Emmanuel abdicated in favour of Umberto shortly after the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943, Umberto’s relative popularity might have saved the monarchy).