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Italian unification or the Risorgimento, was the political and social movement that consolidated different states of the Italian peninsula into the single state of the Kingdom of Italy in the 19th century. The process began in 1815 with the Congress of Vienna and was completed in 1871 when Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The memory of the Risorgimento is central to both Italian politics and Italian historiography, for this short period (1815–60) is one of the most contested and controversial in modern Italian history.
The inner part of the coin shows three Italian flags in the wind, representing the three anniversaries (1911, 1961 and 2011) and illustrating a link between generations. There are a number of inscriptions: at the top, the inscription 150th anniversary of Italian unification; at the right, the initials RI; at the bottom, the dates 1861 › 2011 › ›; under the dates, at the centre, the mint mark, and at the right, the initials of the artist Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini and his profession (incisore), ELF INC. The twelve stars of the European Union surround the design on the outer ring of the coin.
150° DELL' UNITA’ D’ITALIA
A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
The sequence "2 ★" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted.
2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★