Circular bronze medal with integral bar for ribbon suspension; the face with a winged figure of Victory, a laurel wreath in her right hand, a fasces in her left, Fascist symbols beyond; the reverse with a square tablet, a fasces on each side, within a circular ring inscribed ‘MARCIA SU ROMA 27 OTTOBRE-1 NOVEMBRE 1922’, signed at the base of the tablet ‘F M LORIOLI’ and ‘EB MOD. (for Eugenio Barone), the initials ‘RIP RIS’ in the angle of the fasces at the base; on original ribbon.
The Medal was created on 21 October 1923 to mark the first anniversary of the Fascist March on Rome of 28 October and Mussolini’s assumption of power three days later. It was officially recognised on 31 December 1923 but only for wear by members of the Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale (National Security Volunteer Militia - M.V.S.N., popularly known as the Camicie Nere or Blackshirts). Later, by Royal Decree of 1 November 1928, all military who had participated in the March were authorised to wear the medal.
Three versions of the medal exist; the most frequently found is the unsigned version by Stefano Johnson of Milan. The version by Lorioli and Castelli is much rarer and that by Lorioli, as in this example, rarer still.