Mint, sealed deck of cards made by Il Meneghello in a limited edition of 2,000, c.1986, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Italian Empire – I assume a reference to the Empire created in 1936 after Italy succeeded in dominating Ethiopia in what is commonly known as the Second Italo-Ethiopian War. The sample card shown on the front of the box (Ace of Diamonds) shows S.M. Vittorio Emanuele III, King of Italy from 1900-1946, and self-declared Emperor of Ethiopia from 1936-1941. The deck is mint and sealed, and the World Web Playing Card Museum does not show this deck. But the faces of the cards can be seen at various places on the internet. There is a card inside that shows the number of this set out of the limited edition of 2,000; I do not know that number because I have elected not to break the cellophane. The cards are in a paper with the Italian national colors (red, white, green), and that paper is contained by an imitation leather cover that is tied at the side with a ribbon in the same colors.
It is a traditional Italian deck, complete at 40 cards (Ace through 7, Jacks, Queens, Kings). As noted, it also has a card announcing the deck and confirming the number of this set within the limited edition; I do not know if there are any other extra cards within the deck. The cards appear to be square cornered, on uncoated stock, and are long, measuring 100mm x 60mm.
As noted, the cards and packaging materials are mint and sealed.
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