• 5 Euro 2020, Italy, Great Italian Artists, Eduardo
  • 5 Euro 2020, Italy, Great Italian Artists, Eduardo
Description

Eduardo De Filippo (1900–1984), also known simply as Eduardo was an Italian actor, playwright, screenwriter, author and poet, best known for his Neapolitan works Filumena Marturano and Napoli Milionaria. Considered one of the most important Italian artists of 20th century, Eduardo was the author of many theatrical dramas staged and directed by himself first and later awarded and played outside Italy. For his artistic merits and contribution to the culture was named senator for life by the President of Italy Sandro Pertini.

Engraver: Maria Carmela Colaneri

Obverse

Depicts a portrait of Eduardo De Filippo with a curtain on his left. Around the edge, the inscription ITALIAN REPUBLIC; on the right, the name of the designer, COLANERI.

REPUBBLICA ITALIANA
COLANERI

Reverse

Depicts proscenium of a typical Italian theatre where the scene is set: the curtain opens to reveal a stage with a chair, a table and the inscription EDUARDO DE FILIPPO. Above, the value; on the right, the coin’s year of issue; on the left, R identifying the Mint of Rome; below, the inscription THEATRE IS LIFE and some typical elements from the works of Eduardo De Filippo: a cup, a coffeemaker, a lucky horn and a star, symbol of the nativity scene.

A cornicello (Italian for '"little horn" or "hornlet"'), corno (Italian for "horn"), or corno portafortuna (literally "lucky horn" in Italian) is an Italian amulet or talisman worn to protect against the evil eye and bad luck in general, and, historically, to promote fertility and virility. In Neapolitan, it is called curniciello or variants thereof. The amulet is also sometimes referred to as the Italian horn.

5 EURO
2020
R
EDUARDO DE FILIPPO
IL TEATRO
È VITA

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Bronzital
Center Cupronickel
Weight 9.52 g
Diameter 27.5 mm
Thickness 2.15 mm
Shape polygon
Sides 16
Alignment Medal
Mint
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (R)

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