The San Marino Grand Prix isn’t actually held in San Marino, but it’s
close enough for the tiny nation to share its name and celebrate the
event's 35th anniversary.
The Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari auto racecourse is
technically in Italy, near the Italian town of Imola, which is also
near San Marino.
The course is named after automaker Ferrari’s late founder Enzo and
his late son Alfredo (Dino). In 1980, Imola officially debuted in the
Formula One calendar, hosting the 50th Italian Grand Prix. The race,
won by Nelson Piquet, was such a success that a new race, the San
Marino Grand Prix, was established especially for Imola in 1981, where
it continued through 2006. This Proof .925 fine silver €10 coin marks
the 35th anniversary of that first race in 1981.
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The course has not hosted a Formula One race since 2006. It
currently has a round of World Superbikes as its flagship event.
Digging into the design
The coin features a reverse designed by former Royal Mint engraver
Matt Bonaccorsi for the Italian Mint. The design shows a helmeted
racer at the wheel of Formula 1 racecar, with inscriptions related to
the anniversary dates and the race.
San Marino’s coat of arms appear on the obverse, which was designed
by Antonella Napolione.
The coin weighs 22 grams and measures 34 millimeters in diameter
It has a mintage limit of 4,000 pieces and is available from the
private distributor Royal Scandinavian Mint for $64.95 plus shipping.
To order, visit the firm’s website.