The Italian Fascists portrayed themselves as the heirs to the spirit of ancient Rome and boasted that they would found a new empire. From 1927, Italian coins started including the year in both the Christian era and the so called Fascist era. The Fascist era, they claimed, began in 1922, with the March on Rome. Below you see a gold coin of 1936, which gives the year of the Fascist era, year 14, in Roman numerals: XIV. The Roman numerals are a direct allusion to the Fascists' self-identification with the glories of ancient Rome, a conceit that was ever present in their propaganda.