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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 27, July 2, 2006, Article 23

VICTOR EMMANUEL IN THE NEWS

Another titled numismatist is in the news: Victor Emmanuel. Not
the great numismatist King Victor Emmanuel III, but his 69-year-old
son, who has been accused of bribing gaming commission officials
and the recruitment of prostitutes for casino clients.

According to a front-page Wall Street Journal article Tuesday,
"Loyal followers of the Savoy dynasty have campaigned for more
than half a century to restore the fallen monarchy in Italy.
Italy's would-be king isn't helping any.

Victor Emmanuel, the Savoy family's crown prince, just spent
a week in prison in the southern Italian city of Potenza."

"Italian newspapers are brimming with photos of Victor Emmanuel
and his associates purportedly receiving and distributing envelopes
full of cash. Political cartoonists have been caricaturing the
prince in prison stripes."

The family's reign began in 1861, when a military campaign backed
by the Turin-based House of Savoy swept through the peninsula and
eventually unified Italy under one ruler. It ended abruptly in
1946, when a popular referendum abolished the monarchy."

When King Victor Emmanuel III went into exile, it was fellow
numismatist Farouk of Egypt who offered him asylum.  His son,
Victor Emmanuel IV, focus of the article, was eight years old
at the time.  He has spent most of his life in exile, mostly
in Portugal and Switzerland.

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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