Details relating to the San Marino Commemorative of 2006.
Issue Date: 17.10.2006
Number Minted: 120,000
Mint: Instituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A.,Roma
Mint Mark : R
This coin commemorates the 500th anniversary of the death of Christopher Columbus, famous for his discovery of America.
In the inner circle is a portrait of Columbus, looking to the right. Also to be seen are three ships with which he sailed across the Atlantic on his historic voyage of 1492 – the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria.
Just in from one o’clock is a compass rose referring to the sole means of navigation available then – it also resembles the sun and symbolizes the start of a new era which was opened by the discovery of the new world.
Towards the bottom of the inner circle is a scroll with the dates 1506 and 2006 – the year of Columbus’s death and the year of issue respectively..
The mint mark “R” appears in from three o’clock, close to the centre of the coin.