Special Edition Italian Caravelle Lire Coin Pendant with chain and Leather Cord, a Love Note
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*Please note: The piece is an advanced order. Payment will be collected at the time of purchase and the piece will ship the week of October 31. Orders will be accepted until 12:00 PM eastern time on September 16.
The story goes that this coin is the ultimate love note. The artwork on this coin was done by Pietro Giampaoli, the master engraver of the mint. Pietro was married to a beautiful woman named Letizia Savonitto. Pietro was commissioned to create a special coin to commemorate the 'Italian Miracle" a term referring to the unbelievable growth of Italy's economy after 1950. After tremendous controversy the design of the front of the coin was the 3 ships of Christopher Columbus. The obverse was decided to be a beautiful woman representing Italy. Pietro could think of no one more beautiful than his wife. He created this coin with her representing the country he loved and presented it to her for their 10th anniversary. It is a love note to her, hidden on the back of the coin, that will last a lifetime. A celebration and secret love note, both on one of the most beautiful coins in the history of Italy, and now it is yours.
This 500 Lire coin is one of the highly collectible Lire. It was only minted for circulation for 10 years, from 1958 to 1967. After that only a handful were struck for collectors by the mint. It is a true piece of Italian history. This is one of the largest Lire coins made. The front has the coin depicts Christopher Columbus's three ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, and is bordered by "REPVBBLICA ITALIANA. The obverse has a beautiful woman in Renaissance attire representing Italy. She is bordered by 19 crowns, representing the regional capital cities of Italy in 1958.
This coin is 835 silver which is 83.5% pure silver
Yellow, White, Rose
18K or Rhodium over Sterling Silver
The leather necklace measures 36" L
The silver chain measures 20" L with jump rings at 18" and 16"
Bezel Set Stones are CZ
Measures 1-1/4" in diameter
Chain measures 18" with a 2" extender
Lobster Claw Clasp
Made in Italy
Returnable within 30 days of purchase. Have questions? Read our return guidelines.