The external packaging shows the Government Building (Palazzo Pubblico), one of the main architectural and symbolic elements of the Republic of San Marino. It represents the heart of the politics of San Marino, which is in Liberty Square (the so-called "Pianello"). There the Domus Comunis Magna was built at the end of the 14th century and then destroyed at the end of the 19th century. An impressive grand staircase leads to the upper floor of the building, where the Council Hall is placed. The image of Saint Marino, surrounded by his people, is depicted on the wall in the background of the hall. Farmers, soldiers, learned people, women and boys pay homage to Saint Marino while he warns them: "Relinquo vos liberos ab utroque homine" (I free you from both men: Emperor and Pope). There are also the Hall of the Congress of State, the Hall of the Council of Twelve and the Ballot Chamber. In the second half of the 19th century the Palazzo Pubblico looked like a building of the 17th century: the construction of the current building began in 1884. It was designed by the architect Francesco Azzurri and fulfilled by the local stonecutters supervised by the Sammarinese master masons Giuseppe and Inaco Reffi. The opening ceremony took place on the 30th September 1894 with Giosuè Carducci’s official speech on the perpetual freedom. In order to adapt it to the new requirements of functionality and security, it was renewed under the supervision of the famous architect Gae Aulenti and works were concluded in 1996.
Maximum mintage: 15,000 complete sets
Designs: Frantisek Chochola (obverse) and Luc Luycx (reverse)
Engravings: Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini
Coinage: I.P.Z.S. ROME
Selling price: € 25.00
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