Obverse. Photo © Numista
  • 500 Lire 1997, KM# 187, Italy, 50th Anniversary of the Polizia Stradale
  • 500 Lire 1997, KM# 187, Italy, 50th Anniversary of the Polizia Stradale
Description

The Polizia Stradale is the national highway patrol of Italy and is a sub-directorate of the Italian State Police. The Polizia Stradale patrols the 7,000 kilometers of motorways (autostrada) in Italy and the main highways and arterial roads outside towns. Missions include the prevention and detection of driving offences, traffic accident reporting, planning and carrying out services to regulate traffic, providing escorts for road safety, protecting and controlling the road network, rescue operations and cooperation in the collection of traffic flow data.

During the reconstruction after World War II the number of automobiles on the roads began to increase. In order to respond to the increasing requirements of this traffic, highway patrol sections were formed at 72 police headquarters with the employment of 2600 men and numerous motorcycles of various origins, mostly military surplus, in the first months of 1946. The PS was established by a decree issued 26 November 1947 signed by the former Temporary Head of the State, Enrico de Nicola.

Obverse

Depicts allegorical portrait of Italian Republic with wings springing out of the head as a symbol of freedom and intelligence.

Engraver: Laura Cretara

REPVBBLICA ITALIANA ★
CRETARA

Reverse

Mythological figure (Centaur) above the logo of the State Police crowned shield within wreath and circle with the motto "Freedom under the law".

The Polizia di Stato (State Police or P.S.) is one of the national police forces of Italy. It is the main police force for providing police duties and it is also responsible for highway patrol (autostrade), railways (ferrovie), airports (aeroporti), customs (together with the Guardia di Finanza) as well as certain waterways, and assisting the local police forces.

Engraver: Maria Carmela Colaneri

L. 500
POLIZIA 50 STRADALE
1947-1997
R
SUB LEGE LIBERTAS
COLANERI
POLIZIA DI STATO

Edge

Milled and plain sections (8 each)

500 Lire

50th Anniversary of the Polizia Stradale

KM# 187 Schön# 192
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Acmonital
Center Bronzital
Weight 6.8 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 1.9 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (R)

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