• 2 Euro 2020, Italy, 80th Anniversary of the Foundation of Vigili del Fuoco
  • 2 Euro 2020, Italy, 80th Anniversary of the Foundation of Vigili del Fuoco
Description

The Vigili del Fuoco, (literally the word "Vigili" comes from the Latin word "Vigiles", which means "who is part of certain guards") have the official name of Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco (CNVVF, National Firefighters Corps). It is Italy's institutional agency for fire and rescue service. The Corps' task is to provide safety for people, animals and property, and to give technical assistance to industries and fire prevention advice. It also ensures public safety in terrorist emergencies such as chemical, bacteriological, radiological and nuclear attacks.

The first public firefighting organization in the world was probably the "Vigiles", a military structured body with fire control and rescue duties that protected the city of Rome in the early centuries A.C. Their name has been adopted some 19 century later for the new Italian national firefighters organisation. The CNVVF, initially fragmented in various municipal bodies, was established as such by the Royal Decree of 27 February 1939, later converted into Law 1570 of December 27, 1941, and was initially called "to protect the personal safety and the salvation of things, by preventing and extinguishing fires and the provision of technical services in general, including those related to air defense."

Obverse

Depicts the logo of the Vigili del Fuoco, surrounded by the name of the organisation. The monogram RI of the Italian Republic on the left, date and mintmark on the right. Engraver's initials below. Around the outer ring the 12 stars of the European Union.

Engraver: Luciana de Simoni

CORPO NAZIONALE THE VIGILI DEL FUOCCO
IR 2020
R
LDS

Reverse

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.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”

2 EURO
LL

Edge

The sequence "2 ★" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted.

2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★ 2 ★

2 Euro

80th Anniversary of the Foundation of Vigili del Fuoco

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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (R)

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