The truth that burns
From the periodical “l’Informazione del Collezionista” – n.16 –Giugno-Agosto - 2000
Augusto Ferrara

In the silent heat of the after Ferragosto festivities of this Jubilee year, the title may give way to various interpretations: the heat consequently the summer dog-days, pyromaniacs in the woods, the daily dramas of young adults on the roads that ruin the most intense and long holiday period of the year.
Nothing of the such it regards a monetary revolution which begins in mid July 2000 from the town of Guardiagrele in the province of Chieti, one of the must interesting cities of the Abruzzi region, with its 10,000 inhabitants, rich of history, art and craftsmanship, which extends at the feet of a hill of the Maiella mountains site of the famous National Park.
The central square is dominated by the most important city monument the Dome of St. Maria Maggiore, and delimited by the ancient building of the famous Auriti family, represented today by the 70 year old professor Giacinto, who, defines himself as a “farmer” who has taught as many as four university courses in Jurisprudence and author of many scientific publications of social and law matter.
President of the local Antitrust Committee, Prof. Auriti has been in 1993 promotor of the law proposal “In order to subdivide among the citizens the monetary income of the capital administered by the state, in effect according to the second paragraph of the law article 42 of the Constitution.
As Secretary of the Laboor Union Antiusury Committee Auriti, on March 8th 1993 denounces for swindle, false balance, criminal gangs and usury the then General Governor of the Bank of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and, later Fazio.
Today, Friday August 18th, 11:00 A.M., we are enjoying the hospitality of Prof. Auriti, on the first floor of the omonimous building, so rich of memories and testimonial of many generations. He reminds us of a historical episode when, in 1857, his grandfather gave up his seat in Parliament during the Reign of Italy to the then famous Poet Gabriele D’Annunzio of Pescara.
Prof. Auriti inventor of the “bank-note of the people” shows pages of newspapers of various languages on the meaning of “induced value” and on the recent monetary experience of the Simec at the moment suspended for the blitz on behalf of the Magistracy in front of which he is “sub iudice” (August 28th 2000).
The interest on behalf of the English, American, Swiss and Japanese press was demostrated by the correspondents of the most important news agencies who were on the waiting list, and since it took various hours of laborious interviews the professor is seriously taking in consideration the idea to quantify each appointment in lire and not in Simec.
With the purpose to spread the truth on the ultimate possibility of defense of Italy and the other countries involved with the imminent sentenced circulation of the Euro, Don Giacinto (lovingly called by his fellow-citizens), has already opened a web site in Internet; everyone will understand the basic difference between a banknote and a Simec: the first is charged to the bearer, while the Simec is credited to the citizen. Before leaving our authoritative interlocutor we asked him two questions:

1 - What is your opinion regarding the Euro?
No rule of the Treaty of Maastricht establishes who is the proprietor of the Euro; this regulation gap must be filled in the sense of property attributed to the single European populations. Differently, each citizen of the Euro, including our generation, will find itself indebted with the dollar, to the extreme consequences of committing suicide.

2 - What should be the solution?
Each nation and European country must be responsabilized with precise financial laws which defend the citizen; the Simec may become the temporary monetary measure in order to block the emergency.

Brief history of the modern bank-notes
suggested by Prof. Giacinto Auriti

1694 - The Bank of England was established in London and becomes owner of about three-fourths of the planet Earth.
1795 - The French Revolution gives the population political power but not the financial one.
1865 - The American Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, first President of the U.S. to abolish slavery. A dollar of the Civil War is created and hence the Federal Reserve of Fort Knox.
1995 - With the Treaty of Maastricht the Euro is created. The Bank of England does not give its support since it is involved with the dollar.
2001 - September 1st, the banknotes and Euro coins will begin distribution in Banks, Currency Exchange Agencies and automatic distributors.

Brief history of Simec
Guardiagrele Anno 2000

April/May - Preparation, scientific experientation and the founding of the Labour Union Antiusury Committee for the creation of the “bank-note of the people”, sole administrator the General Secretary Giacinto Auriti.
June/July - Banknotes are produced in thousands of copies of seven different values (the same number of Euro) two colours with relative issue numbers beginning with the letter A: 500 - 1.000 - 2.000 - 5.000 - 10.000 - 50.000 - 100.000 for the total amount of 168.500.
On the face of the bill, on the left there is a mark represented by Econometric Symbol of induced value with the clause “registered trade made — reproduction prohibited”. On the right, above the numbers; the relative Roman number except for the 500 bill which reproduces the whole number in the hexagon in the centre, written in black, the propriety of the bill with the precise emission signed by the General Secretary of Labour Union Antiusury Committee Giacinto Auriti. On the back, identical for all the denominations, the image of a flame surmounted by a cross, the value in letters and in a rectangle the symbol accepted by the various municipalities with the three articles of the Italian Constitution.
For the second time (after the English pound) an ulterior element of guarantee in a bank-note; in addition to the watermark, against eventual counterfeiters, represented by an overprint, in silver of the symbol armorial-bearing with the latest hologram system. Lastly the lower coloured border, the latin writing NON BENE PRO TOTO LIBERTAS VENDITUR AURO (it is not right to sell liberty for all the gold in the world).

Tuesday July 11th - A first quantity of Simec is withdrawn from the printing Institute and shown to all the members of the Syndicate. Agreements are set regarding the distribution of the decalcomanias who adhere to the sale.
The end of July - The popular password and the local press take control of the commercial operation, the purchasing power, compared to the lira doubles. Unexpected success surprises the authors and Guardiagrele becomes animated in an unbelievable way. The Magistrature takes note of the phenomenon, but does not intervene. The Excise Officer effects a control from which no irregularities result.
Sunday August 6th - The Patron Saint festival and the Handcraft Fair. From the entire Abruzzi region and from abroad, the presence of people multiply. The 39 commercial activities in the month of July become over 70 with the involvement of the two provinces of Chieti and L’Aquila. Some of the issues of the “money of the people” are sold out. The emergency begins and in St Maria Maggiore Square, at the “Auriti House” cash register, young volunteers alternate themselves, accepting bookings of bank-notes at the moment lacking. The Excise Officer makes other controls. Everything is regular.
Thursday August 10th - The sun sets at 7:19 p.m. and the Professor surrounded by his fellow citizens grants interviews on the financial operation. His recurrent words are: finally money belongs to the citizen and not to the printer, its value is given by those who use it e not by those who put it in circulation - and to conclude with Art Italy can sell Beauty.
The numismatic demand on behalf of collectors, from various parts of Italy and abroad, grows under everyone’s eyes.

After the festivities of August 15 of Guardiagrele - Some municipal representatives and commercial categories from some Italian regions interested in the monetary experience reach the town. A public letter of prof. Auriti with the signatures of over 1,000 citizens to not confiscute the “Auriti bank-notes”. Political contacts begin for parliamentary interpellation. A public letter to the Clergy (directed to the Bishops and Cardinals) in defence of the “Money of the Poor” so it may become “money of the Jubilee” so concludes:
When money was gold, at the moment of its issue it was not possible to give it out free because of the high cost of gold. Today, with symbols that cost nothing, it is not only possible but it is dutiful, to raise humanity dominated by usury. We are certain that the money issued by the Church would be conformed to the great event of the Jubilee. All the religions notoriously against usury will be favorable in a vision substantially ecumenical.