• 1000 Lire 1997-2001, KM# 194, Italy, European Union
  • 1000 Lire 1997-2001, KM# 194, Italy, European Union
Description

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.

Obverse

Head of an Italian woman with kerchief.
Engraver: Laura Cretara.

REPUBBLICA ITALIANA
L.CRETARA

Reverse

The redesigned map of Europe including united Germany etc.
Mint mark R (Rome).
Engraver: Uliana Pernazza.

R
L.1000
1998 R PERNAZZA

Edge

Plain with reeded sections.

1000 Lire

Correct map

European Union

KM# 194
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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Aluminium Bronze
Weight 8.8 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 2.1 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (R)

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