World Coins

San Marino plans €2 coin marking birth of poet Dante Alighieri

San Marino has unveiled the design for a 2015 circulating commemorative €2 coin marking the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri.

Image courtesy of the European Commission.

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 Divine Comedy).

The ringed-bimetallic coin has a copper-nickel core and copper-aluminum-nickel ring.

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.

Want to know about more 2015 San Marino coins? Click here!

More from

Low-mintage 'King of Morgan dollars' example sells for nearly $40,000

'Older, haggard' image of Ronald Reagan chosen by Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

Gold prospector willing to part with 87-ounce nugget find for a price

$60,000 gold coin is lost at ANA National Money Show, found and returned within hours

2,500-year-old gold and silver coins found in U.S. college's library

Please sign in or join to share your thoughts on this story.

Keep up with all of's news and insights by 
signing up for our free eNewslettersliking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter. We're also on Instagram!

Community Comments