The last coins expressed in lire, the ones that every Collector will want to preserve with jealous care to testify to himself and his children of the end of an epoch, pay homage to the LIRA, the one and only real first lady of the political and economic history of Italy and the Italian area from 1861 to the present.
The introduction, on January 1, 2002, of the single currency will be a natural step in a long sequence of events that, from the Treaty founding the European Community in 1957, is leading over 370 million people toward an ever more intense economic, political and social integration. On December 31, 2001 as many as 97 metal coins and 82 different bills will be replaced by just 8 metal coins (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Cent., 1 and 2 Euro) and 7 bills (5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euro).
On the back of the two coins, prodigiously modeled and engraved by Luciana De Simoni, are some of the most prestigious coins minted by the Republic of San Marino:
L. 5000 coin = Face (D) of the coin of L. 20 from 1931, Back (R) of L. 2 from 1906, R of L. 5 from 1898, R of L. 1 from 1898, D and R of 5 cents from 1864
L. 10000 coin = R of the L. 5000 bill from 2001, R of the L. 10000 bill of 2000, R of the L. 1000 bill from 1984, R of the L. 500 coin of 1979, D of the L. 500 coin from 1975, R of the L. 1 coin from 1972.
Date of issue: August 31, 2001
Design and etching of the back: Luciana De Simoni - Coat of arms (face): Bino Bini
Minting process: Polished background (PROOF) at IPZS – Rome
Metal: Silver 835/000
Weight: g 18 (L. 5000 coin), g 22 (L. 10000 coin)
Diameter: 32 mm (L. 5000) and 34 mm (L. 10000)
Maximum number of pieces: 20000 for each of the two coins
Selling price: € 30,99 including boxing and postage.
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