San Marino honors late motorcycle racer with €5 coin

Ringed-bimetallic piece scheduled for Aug. 31 release
By , Coin World
Published : 08/22/17
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San Marino honors the late Italian professional motorcycle racer Marco Simoncelli with a ringed-bimetallic €5 coin marking the 30th anniversary of his birth.

Simoncelli was born Jan. 20, 1987, and died Oct. 23, 2011, in Sepang, Malaysia, during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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His memory lives on in the hearts and minds of many fans, and on Aug. 31 he is remembered on a coin from San Marino.

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San Marino is close to his hometown Cattolica, which is why the nation is issuing the coin, according to the San Marino Ufficio Filatelic e Numismatico (Stamp and Coin Office).
Maria Carmela Colaneri, a designer at the Italian State Mint, designed the coin, the reverse of which shows Marco Simoncelli’s portrait.

The ringed-bimetallic coin’s copper-nickel center is surrounded by a bronzital (copper and aluminum) ring.
The 16-sided coin weighs 9.5 grams, measures 27.5 millimeters in diameter and has a mintage of 76,493 piece.

To order the coin, or learn more, contact the Stamp and Coin Office’s website.

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