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Not since the end of World War I have the borders of Europe been so radically altered, and this time it was done without firing a single shot! It all started in November of 1997, when the Italian Mint released for circulation a beautiful 1000 Lire bi-metallic coin (KM# 190). Unfortunately, the map of Western Europe featured on the reverse of the coin had a number of major geographic flaws: Germany was shown with the old borders of West Germany, as it was before reuniting in 1990 with East Germany. Luxembourg and Belgium were missing, as in fact, they were absorbed by France, and Denmark and the Netherlands were within Germany's borders. The flawed design caused such a controversy in the European Community that Italy, upon an immediate recall of the coins, issued a formal apology to Germany and the rest of the countries affected.
This coin (KM# 194) is a corrected version with the redesigned map of Europe.
Head of an Italian woman with kerchief.
The redesigned map of Europe including united Germany etc.
Plain with reeded sections.