• 1 Centesimo 1895-1900, KM# 29, Italy, Umberto I
  • 1 Centesimo 1895-1900, KM# 29, Italy, Umberto I
Description

Umberto I (Italian: Umberto Ranieri Carlo Emanuele Giovanni Maria Ferdinando Eugenio di Savoia; 14 March 1844 – 29 July 1900), nicknamed the Good (Italian: il Buono), was the King of Italy from 9 January 1878 until his assassination on 29 July 1900.

Umberto's reign saw Italy attempt colonial expansion into the Horn of Africa, successfully gaining Eritrea and Somalia despite being defeated by Abyssinia at the Battle of Adowa in 1896. In 1882, he approved the Triple Alliance with the German Empire and Austria-Hungary. He was deeply loathed in leftist circles because of his conservatism and support of the Bava-Beccaris massacre in Milan. He was especially hated by anarchists, who attempted an assassination on him during the first year of his reign. He was killed by another anarchist, Gaetano Bresci, two years after the Bava-Beccaris massacre.

Engraver: Filippo Speranza

Obverse

Head of King Umberto I facing left, below the neck the engraver's initial.

UMBERTO I RE D'ITALIA
S•

Reverse

Value and date within two branches, one of laurel and the other of oak. Above the Stella d’Italia and below the sign of the mint.

The Stella d’Italia or Stellone d'Italia (Italian: "Star of Italy" or "Great Star of Italy") is the most ancient identity symbol of the Italian land. In modern times it has been associated with the Italia turrita (Towered Italy), the ancient allegorical representation of Italy.

1
CENTESIMO
1895
R

Edge
Characteristics
Material Copper
Weight 1 g
Diameter 15 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
Mint of Rome (R)

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