from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A silver coin of Genoa, with a device of the immaculate conception on the reverse, worth 1 s. 6frac;34d.; the double lira.
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This piety was always a < I > madonnina , the protectress of the passage -- a quaint figure of the Virgin with the red spark of a lamp at her feet.