Travel to Western Europe today, and you only need one currency— the ubiquitous Euro. Yes, it’s convenient. But I miss the good old days, when every nation had its own coinage, and every coin was both an artistic expression of national identity and a puzzle for you to solve before you could spend it. One of my favorites was the Italian 20 Lira coin, featuring a profile image of a young Italian woman, serving as a proud female personification of Italy, as envisioned by famed sculptor Pietro Giampaoli, designer of the coin.
The Repubblica Italia Coin Necklace and Bracelet feature a faithful, gold-finished reproduction of Giampaoli’s famous Lira coin, showing the serene lady in all her glory, beneath the words “Repubblica Italiana.” The reverse depicts an oak branch signifying strength, honor and longevity. This circular work of art hangs from a classic, textured Forzatina-design chain, and the rich, golden glow of these two Italian classics combines to project images of Roman piazzas, Venetian canals, Milanese fashionistas, and Tuscan coastlines.
We’re thrilled to be getting this classic coin back into circulation. We’re even willing to indulge in a bit of currency creativity to make it happen, because we believe in bringing beauty back to the world. So we’ve made the Repubblica Italia Coin Necklace and Bracelet a remarkable deal for a delightful denomination. Viva Italia, viva vintage design and viva affordable, original luxuries.