They were the first 1000 lire coins to circulate in Italy, minted in 1970 to celebrate the centenary of Roma Capitale. They have a value for collectors, beyond the actual economic one, even if several copies have been minted.
Thousand lire Roma Capitale (Adobe Stock)
Made in 835 silver, the 1000 lire coins Roma Capitale 1970 were minted in 3,011,000 copies. The coins, with a diameter of 31.4 mm and a weight of 14.60 grams, were the first ever minted by a woman, and in their first edition they depict the Veiled Head of Concord on one side, with the inscription 1870-1970 Concordia.
Coins: the one thousand lire 1970 inspired by the Denarius of ancient Rome
Imperial Roman Denarius (Adobe Stock)
This representation of the “straight” face of the Roma Capitale coin was conceived and created by Guerrino Mattia Monassi, which took inspiration from penny; of the Roman Republic of 62 BC (coined by the Gens Aemilia).
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Instead, the design of the “reverse” face of these coins is of a woman: Laura Cretara has in fact reproduced the paving project for the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, the work of Michelangelo, with the inscription “Rome Capital – 1000 – Lire“. First minting made by a woman, ever in the history of Italian coins.
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Although millions of copies were minted, the owners of these coins immediately treasured them as soon as they came into circulation, to the point that of 3 million specimens, very few were immediately left in circulation. For this reason, and to try to distribute the few coins left, in those years state employees were promised that they would receive a thousand lire coin with their salary.
Not all were granted, not in all Italian cities, to the point that many categories of workers, such as the postmen of Ivrea in 1971, they did strikes to protest injustice. Some workers in other cities, in fact, also received more than one each. They are therefore coins with a more “prestigious” than “economic” value.
The value of the coin One Thousand Lire Rome Capital is in fact between 10 and 20 euros, while a specimen in Fior di Conio can cost just over 20 euros. The higher the value of the trial version, which can be worth between 500 and 700 euros, at most 1000 if it is kept very very well.