The famous poet Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri, known as Dante,
was born in Florence between May 22 and June 13, 1265.
He is the subject of San Marino’s first commemorative €2 coin for
2015, scheduled for release April 8.
The obverse of the coin designed by Annalisa Masini shows a portrait
of Dante, taken from a fresco by Botticelli. The lettering style used
in identifying the nation and the coin's subject was inspired by
lettering in the first copies of the Divina Commedia (Dante's
The ringed-bimetallic coin has a copper-nickel core and
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag. The
common reverse shows a map of the European Union.
The coin weighs 8.5 grams and measures 25.75 millimeters in diameter.
A mintage of 100,000 Uncirculated pieces will be available in
special holders, on sale for €15.
For more information about the coin, or to order, visit the website of San Marino’s Azienda Autonoma di Stato
Filatelica e Numismatica.
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