San Marino honors the late Italian professional motorcycle racer Marco Simoncelli with a ringed-bimetallic €5 coin marking the 30th anniversary of his birth. 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).

Date of issue: 31.08.2017
Engraver: Maria Carmela Colaneri


Artistic representation of the coat of arms of the Republic of San Marino (three towers and three feathers); the 12 stars of the European Union appear in the background, spiraling around the central elements.

The coat of arms of San Marino probably originated in the fourteenth century. The official coat of arms of the Republic is surmounted by a closed crown, the symbol of sovereignty. The shield is azure, three mountains vert, towers argent, windowed, embattled and masoned sable, surmounted by ostrich plumes argent. The shield is surrounded by two branches vert, overlapped in saltire below the shield, one of laurel, the other of oak, fructed or. On a ribbon argent the motto LIBERTAS in capital letters sable.



Portrait of Marco Simoncelli.

Marco Simoncelli (1987–2011) was an Italian professional motorcycle racer. He competed in the MotoGP World Championship for 10 years from 2002 to 2011. He started in the 125cc class before moving up to the 250cc class in 2006. He won the 250cc World Championship with Gilera in 2008. After four years in the intermediate class, he stepped up to the MotoGP class with the Honda Gresini Team. Simoncelli died in an accident during the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang on 23 October 2011 after being run over following his own fall on track.



5 Euro

Marco Simoncelli

KM# 566
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Bronzital
Center Cupronickel
Weight 9.2 g
Diameter 27.5 mm
Thickness 2.15 mm
Shape polygon
Sides 16
Alignment Medal
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (IPZS)

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