The "Italian Excellence" series is dedicated to traditional Italian companies. This coin set takes enthusiasts on an enthralling and fervent journey through the legacy of Borgo Panigale's "red." This visual narrative delves into the narrative of Italian motorcycling, commencing with the splendor of the historic Ducati facility in Borgo Panigale, established in 1936. It showcases the iconic models of the Bolognese brand: from the pioneering Cucciolo of 1949, the motorcycle that heralded the beginning of Ducati's story, to the timeless design marvel, the 916, and reaching its zenith with the Panigale, a seamless fusion of performance and sophistication. A heartfelt tribute to the rich heritage of Italian motorcycling.

Ducati, headquartered in Bologna, Italy, is a renowned motorcycle manufacturer under the ownership of Lamborghini, a subsidiary of Audi, which is in turn owned by the Volkswagen Group. The company's origins trace back to 1926 when Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his sons founded Società Scientifica Radiobrevetti Ducati (SSR Ducati) in Bologna. Initially producing radio components, their success led to the establishment of a new factory in 1935. Despite wartime challenges, Ducati persevered, even after their factory was destroyed in 1944 during World War II.

Post-war, Ducati ventured into motorcycles, with their first offering, the Cucciolo-based bike, launched in collaboration with SIATA in 1950. Over the years, Ducati gained recognition for its high-performance motorcycles, notably introducing the Mach 1 in the 1960s and pioneering the desmodromic valve design in 1973. Ownership changes followed, including Cagiva's acquisition in 1985 and subsequent sale to Texas Pacific Group in 1996. In 2012, Audi's acquisition of Ducati further solidified its position in the automotive world. Known for its powerful V-twin engines and innovative designs like the trellis frame, Ducati continues to make waves in the motorcycle industry.

Design: Antonio Vecchio


Depicts the renowned Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale, Bologna, dating back to 1935. The Ducati logo is prominently displayed in the upper right corner. Surrounding the logo is the inscription "Italian Republic," denoting the country's name.



Depicts Ducati's inaugural motorcycle, the Cucciolo. Positioned to the right is the year of the coin's release, "2024," while below are the denominations "5 EURO" and the identifier "R" representing the Mint of Rome. On the left side, the designer's name, "A. Vecchio," is engraved, while above, in an arch-shaped design, the word "DUCATI" stands prominently.

The Ducati Cucciolo, a 4-stroke clip-on engine developed during and after World War II by Turin lawyer Aldo Farinelli and self-taught engineer Aldo Leoni, revolutionized motorized bicycles. First prototyped in Turin in 1944, its distinct yapping exhaust inspired its name, "Cucciolo" or "little puppy." Weighing just over 17 pounds and offering impressive fuel efficiency, the Cucciolo engine quickly gained popularity, prompting Siata to mass-produce it. Ducati, seeking new opportunities post-war, entered into a licensing agreement with Siata, leading to a surge in production from 15 units in 1946 to over 25,000 in subsequent years. By 1952, Ducati introduced its own complete mopeds, including models 48 and 55E/R, marking a shift toward motorcycles. As demand grew, the Cucciolo engine phased out, making way for larger models like the 98 series, ultimately ending its production in 1958.

A. Vecchio R


5 Euro

Colorised Reverse
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 18 g
Diameter 32 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (IPZS)

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