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Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato

The Italian Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) ('State Mint and Polygraphic Institute'), founded in 1928, is situated at the via Salaria 691 in Rome. As well as producing coins, passports, and postage stamps for Italy, it serves the micro-states of the Vatican City, San Marino, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. It also publishes books under the imprint Libreria dello Stato.[2] The O.C.V (Officina Carte Valori) and traditional productions factory, the multimedial production institute and the Mint are also located in the capital. Another factories are located in Verrès,[3]Val d'Aosta and Foggia, Apulia. Banknotes are produced by Bank of Italy.

Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A.
società per azioni
  • Numismatics,
  • Security and anti-counterfeiction,
  • Publishing
Founded6 December 1928; 90 years ago (1928-12-06)
Area served
Italy, San Marino, Vatican City
Key people
  • Domenico Tudini, President;
  • Paolo Aielli, CEO
Revenue€372,574 million[1] (2017)
€49.765 million[1] (2017)
OwnerItalian Ministry of Economy and Finance
Number of employees
1,736[1] (2017)

In 2002, IPZS became a public limited company (società per azioni or SpA) with the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance (Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze) as sole shareholder.


Bi-metallic 500 lire coin minted in 1982.

On 27 December 1911, the Italian mint was officially inaugurated by king Victor Emmanuel III in the seat located in via Principe Umberto, on the Esquiline. But in 1907, Victor Emmanuel founded the Scuola dell'Arte della Medaglia (SAM) ('School of the Art of Medalmaking') in the old location of the mint. The school trained new artists about carving and modelling techniques and its attendants would later manufacture real coins: it is still nowadays an unique example in the world of didactic and creative formation inside a mint.[4]

In 1928, the Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato ('State Polygraphic Institute') was established and in 1978 acquired the mint section, under president Rosario Lanza, becoming the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato.[5]

In 1982, it became the first mint to manufacture Bi-metallic coins through a patented process.[6]

Since October 2002, the IPSZ is a società per azioni with the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance as sole shareholder.


IPZS prints official state publications like the Gazzetta Ufficiale, state marks and seals, postal tamps and manufactures coins. IPZS designs anti-counterfeiting and security systems for identity cards, electronic passports, driving licenses and residence permits. It manufactures vehicle registration plates and manages institutional sites and databases.

Since 2001, the CNAC (Coin National Analysis Centre)[7] has been established in the Mint and it analyses counterfeit coins delivered by obliged subjects in Italy, San Marino and Vatican City.[8] According to the Italian law n° 27 of 24 March 2012,[9] CNAC has additional tasks and functions which derive from the application of the EU Regulation 1210/2010.[10] CNAC receives coins not suitable for circulation, carries out tests using specific instruments (art. 5 of the aforesaid regulation), does the annual controls according to the article 6 of the aforesaid regulation (commas 2 and 6) and trains the personnel involved in the authentication process. It is a member of the European group of sophistication of the OLAF, headed by OLAF/ETSC (European Technical and scientific Centre) and formed by 27 European CNACs, Europol and the European Central Bank.


Period Role and name Notes
2017 –
(Term of office 2017 – 2019)
  • President: Domenico Tudini
  • CEO: Paolo Aielli
  • President: Domenico Tudini
  • CEO: Paolo Aielli
  • President and CEO: Maurizio Prato
  • President: Roberto Mazzei
  • CEO: Ferruccio Ferranti
  • President: Mario Murri
  • CEO: Lamberto Gabrielli
  • President (2004–2005): Silvano Boroli
  • President (2006): Antonio La Pergola
  • Vice: Giovanni Fiori
  • CEO: Massimo Ponzellini
  • President: Claudio Varrone

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Bilancio al 31 dicembre 2017" (PDF). IPZS (in Italian). 31 December 2017.
  2. ^ IPZS – prodotti Libreria dello Stato
  3. ^
  4. ^ "School of the Art of Medalmaking".
  5. ^ "LEGGE 20 aprile 1978, n. 154". Normattiva. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  6. ^ "History of Bimetallic Coins". Fleur de Coin.
  7. ^ "COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 1338/2001". Eur-lex. European Union. 28 June 2001.
  8. ^ "COMPETENT NATIONAL AUTHORITIES referred to in Article 2(b) of Coun". Official Journal of the European Union. Publications Office of the EU. 52 (C56). 10 March 2009.
  9. ^ "LEGGE 24 marzo 2012, n. 27". Normattiva (in Italian).
  10. ^ "REGULATION (EU) No 1210/2010" (PDF). Eur-lex. European Union. 22 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Organi indirizzo politico – Consiglio di amministrazione" (PDF). IPZS (in Italian). 2017.
  12. ^ "Bilancio 2013" (PDF). IPZS (in Italian).
  13. ^ "Bilancio 2010" (PDF). IPZS (in Italian). 31 December 2010.
  14. ^ "Nomina CDA 2007" (PDF). IPZS (in Italian).
  15. ^ "Poligrafico dello stato – Si dimette il presidente". Il Sole24ORE (in Italian). 6 July 2005.
  16. ^ "Comunicato stampa" (PDF). IPZS (in Italian). 3 February 2006.
  17. ^ "Curriculum vitae – Giovanni Fiori" (PDF) (in Italian). Vice Presidente dell’Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A. dal 2004 al 2007
  18. ^ "Nomina CDA 2002". Ministero dell'economia e delle finanze (in Italian).

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