From a numismatic point of view, the first coins were minted some
700 years before the birth of Christ, in the ancient kingdom of Lydia or in the Greek
colonies of the Ionia and can be considered as the consequence of a long evolution of
metallic exchange means, generally identified by various tools like tripods, bronze
axes and iron spears, known in Greek as obeloi.
Before the introduction of the currency, exchange took place in kind,
depending on the type of goods, especially with regard to livestock(in Latin
pecus) from which the word pecunia (money)derives, with its
immediate meaning still alive in our modern-day languages.
Currency usually identifies a people and tells of their history
through its technical and artistic features.
"Gela, Sicily (Italy)"
This was the case of the Lira which ratified the unification of Italy,
replacing more than two hundred and fifty local currencies, and this is still the case
today with the Euro, being the concrete means of the final launching of a united
Europe and for which production VERRES SpA has played a key role.
The consolidated know-how, inherited and developed starting from the tuning up
in the area of COGNE of a stainless ferritic steel known as Acmonital,
especially designed for the Italian Mint, led to the founding of VERRES SpA,
a company in partnership with the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca
dello Stato (I.P.Z.S.)- Government Printing and Minting Institute,
aimed at achieving maximum synergy between a qualitatively constant production
of semi-finished products for coinage and the minting of the coins themselves.
It is not by chance therefore, that the bimetallic coins, an important innovation
covered by an international patent and used as the VERRES
SpA logo, , was designed and produced in Italy for the first time in the world.