Besides being elected twice as America’s 16th president, Abraham
Lincoln received an honorific that is little known today.
That is, until San Marino chose to issue a Proof .925 fine silver
€10 coin celebrating the event.
In a letter of thanks dated May 7, 1861, President
Lincoln acknowledged the fact that San Marino had bestowed upon him
The first four words of that letter, “Great and good friends,”
appear on a reverse design by Matthew Dent, the British designer best
known for redesigning the reverses of circulating coinage in Great Britain.
In Lincoln’s letter to the regent captains of the
Republic of San Marino, he continues: “Although your Dominion is
small, your State is nevertheless one of the most honored, in all
history. It has by its experience demonstrated the truth, so full of
encouragement to the friends of Humanity, that Government founded on
Republican principles is capable of being so administered as to be
secure and enduring.”
The obverse features the standard coat-of-arms design by Antonella Napolione.
The coin is available April 22 and marks the 150th anniversary of
Lincoln’s death at the hands of assassin John Wilkes Booth.
The coin weighs 22 grams, measures 34 millimeters in diameter, and
has a mintage limit of 6,000 pieces.
Distributor Coin & Currency Institute offers the coin to
North American collectors for $77.50.
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