Kingdom of Italy, Victor Emmanuel III, 2 Lire 1930

This coin of 2 lire from the year 1930 shows a fasces, a bound bundle of wooden rods with an axe. Fasces are the symbol of high magistrates power and jurisdiction in ancient Rome. They appear on coins of the Roman Republic already. In modern times fasces become the symbols of states that relate to the old Roman Republic: for instance the United States or revolutionary France or, like in this case, fascist Italy.