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Medal for the Unification of Italy (Medaglia a Ricordo dell’Unità d’Italia), 1848-1918, official version ‘C’ for the Mothers and Widows of the Fallen by Mario Nelli - C. Rivalta, miniature
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Medal for the Unification of Italy (Medaglia a Ricordo dell’Unità d’Italia), 1848-1918, official version ‘C’ for the Mothers and Widows of the Fallen by Mario Nelli - C. Rivalta, miniature
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Miniature circular bronze medal with integral bar for ribbon suspension; the face with the head of King Vittorio Emanuele III facing left, circumscribed ‘VITTORIO EMANUELE III RE D’ITALIA’, maker’s mark ‘MARIO NELLI INC.’, signed ‘C. RIVALTA MOD.’; the reverse inscribed ‘UNITÀ D’ITALIA 1848-1918’ and ‘•A•N•M• / •V•C•’ (for the Associazione Nazionale Madri e Vedove dei Caduti = National Association for the Mothers and Widows of the Fallen) within a circular laurel wreath; diameter 16.69mm (0.66 inch); on possibly replaced correct ribbon. The medal was instituted on 19 January 1922 and awarded to combatants in the war of 1915 to 1918 since it was regarded as the final phase of the Risorgimento (the unification of Italy) begun in 1848. Subsequently, on 10 October 1922 a version for the mothers and widows of the fallen, as in this example, was authorised. A number of versions are known by different makers; this is the first official version ‘C’ (version ‘A’ and ‘B’ being for combatants). A good period miniature.

 
Medal for the Unification of Italy (Medaglia a Ricordo dell’Unità d’Italia), 1848-1918, official version ‘C’ for the Mothers and Widows of the Fallen by Mario Nelli - C. Rivalta, miniature
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Medal for the Unification of Italy (Medaglia a Ricordo dell’Unità d’Italia), 1848-1918, official version ‘C’ for the Mothers and Widows of the Fallen by Mario Nelli - C. Rivalta, miniature
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Medal for the Unification of Italy (Medaglia a Ricordo dell’Unità d’Italia), 1848-1918, official version ‘C’ for the Mothers and Widows of the Fallen by Mario Nelli - C. Rivalta, miniature
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Medal for the Unification of Italy (Medaglia a Ricordo dell’Unità d’Italia), 1848-1918, official version ‘C’ for the Mothers and Widows of the Fallen by Mario Nelli - C. Rivalta, miniature
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Medal for the Unification of Italy (Medaglia a Ricordo dell’Unità d’Italia), 1848-1918, official version ‘C’ for the Mothers and Widows of the Fallen by Mario Nelli - C. Rivalta, miniature
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