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My grandfather was a man of great ambition and desire He knew that to gain the opportunities needed for his family he had to move to Canada In 1955 on a ship packed with eager Italian immigrants just like him he was finally making the voyage that he had always dreamed During the grueling ship ride he had found something he didnt see much of growing up poor in the small town of Segusta Sicily What he found was a brand new 1955 fifty lire coin Figuring someone must have dropped it he put the coin in his pocket and kept it On one side of the coin the words REPVBBLICA ITALIANA are inscribed on the edge The face of a man who looks like Caesar is in the center On the other side a well-sculpted man who resembles Michelangelos David appears to be using a hammer and rock as tools to write something down The number 1955 is inscribed on the upper-left of the coin indicating the year and L 50 is inscribed on the centre-right indicating the face value Just looking at the coin brings out feelings of boldness and hope I dont know if fifty lire was much in that period in time but it didnt matter The coin symbolized the last memory of a nation that had shaped who he was as a person It symbolized the dream of providing for his family that he had always prospered for All those feeling represented in a small piece of metal I remember the day he decided to give me the coin He approached me with his distinctive limp cane in hand and said dryly Dont lose this in his memorable Italian accent He put it in my hand and I put it in my back pocket I was very touched not only because of all the history behind this priceless artifact but because he chose me instead of my
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