San Marino’s first 2-euro coin for 2014 celebrates architect Donato
Bramante, who was born in Italy in 1444.
The ringed-bimetallic collector coin is scheduled for release June
23, announced that government’s agency for issuing stamps and coins,
the Azienda Autonoma di Stato Filatelica e Numismatica, on June 2.
The coin marks the 500th anniversary of Bramante’s death. He
introduced Renaissance architecture to Milan and the High Renaissance
style to Rome, where his plan for St. Peter’s Basilica formed the
basis of design executed by Michelangelo.
Part of a bust of Bramante, as he appears in a fresco of Raphael,
appears along with a portion of St. Peter’s Basilica on the obverse of
the coin, with various inscriptions, all surrounded by the 12 stars
indicating the European Union.
Maria Carmela Colaneri designed the obverse.
The common reverse carries a map of the European Union and was
designed by Luc Luycx.
The coin has a copper-nickel ring and a nickel-brass core. The coin
weighs 8.5 grams and measures 25.75 millimeters in diameter.
It is available only in special coin card packaging, with a mintage
limit of 110,000 pieces.
The coin retails for 15-euro and may be ordered from the AASFN. To
order, telephone the agency at (011) 378 883 171, email it or
visit its website.