• 200 Lire 1999, KM# 218, Italy, Italian Carabinieri, 30th Anniversary of the Carabinieri Art Squad
  • 200 Lire 1999, KM# 218, Italy, Italian Carabinieri, 30th Anniversary of the Carabinieri Art Squad
Description

The Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, better known as the Carabinieri T.P.C., is the branch of the Italian Carabinieri responsible for combatting art and antiquities crimes.

Il Nucleo Tutela Patrimonio Artistico was founded by General Arnaldo Ferrara on 3 May 1969. It was the first specialist police force in the world in this sector, predating the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property of 1970. On 5 March 1992 the force was renamed Comando Carabinieri per la Tutela del Patrimonio Culturale.

The main activities carried out by the unit include combating theft, illegal excavations of archaeological sites, as well as trafficking and counterfeiting of stolen property. Equal attention is paid to inspecting premises of antique dealers and to tracing and, possibly, returning stolen or illegally exported art pieces. Investigators manage such tasks by consulting the “database of stolen works of art”, a comprehensive list available to civilians and to foreign police forces alike.

Obverse

A woman's head (an allegorical portrait) facing right, surrounded by the country name (Republic of Italy) written in Italian. Engraver's name below the dot.

Engraver: Mario Vallucci

REPVBBLICA ITALIANA ·
M.VALLUCCI

Reverse

Depicts a Carabinieri' emblem (a flaming bomb) and David statue of Donatello, dates and value above.

Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi (c. 1386 – 13 December 1466), better known as Donatello, was an Italian sculptor of the Renaissance. Donatello's bronze statue of David (circa 1440s) is famous as the first unsupported standing work of bronze cast during the Renaissance, and the first freestanding nude male sculpture made since antiquity. It depicts David with an enigmatic smile, posed with his foot on Goliath's severed head just after defeating the giant. The youth is completely naked, apart from a laurel-topped hat and boots, bearing the sword of Goliath.

Engraver: Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini

E.L.Frapiccini
1969·1999
L.200
RI
R
CARABINIERI
TUTELA PATRIMONIO ARTISTICO

Edge

200 Lire

Italian Carabinieri
30th Anniversary of the Carabinieri Art Squad

Subscribe series
KM# 218 Schön# 206
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Aluminium Bronze
Weight 5 g
Diameter 24 mm
Thickness 1.65 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (R)

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