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San Marino Postal Services 2005 Issue
Design by Cristian Ceccaroni

The Coins of San Marino

San Marino Postal Service has issued four new stamps that have postage values of 0.36, 0.45, 1.00 and 2.20 Euro named "The Coins of San Marino" on the 4th of June 2005. San Marino issued its first coin in 1864. It was a 5 cents bronze coin that was minted by Milan mint. A total of 280,000 of these coins were minted, In 1898, San Marino minted its first silver coin worth 5 Lire. It depicted the coat of arms with the three towers in laurel and oak branches on the face and Saint Marino on the back, holding a parchment reading Libertas. In 1925, San Marino started to mint gold coins that had a value of 10 and 20 Lire. These coins also depicted the three towers on the face and Saint Marino on the back. Then suddenly San Marino stopped minting coins all together in 1939. It wasn't until 1972 when San Marino began to mint coins again. Then in 2001, San Marino ratified and applied the monetary agreement with the European Community to use the Euro as there currency. This stamp issue celebrates this historical event by depicting the first coins of San Marino. Each of the stamps is described as follows:

  • 0.36 Euro stamp shows the first copper 5 cent coin.
  • 0.45 Euro stamp shows the first 5 Lire silver coins.
  • 1.00 Euro stamp shows the first 10 and 20 Lire coins.
  • 2.20 Euro stamp shows the divisional coinage in Euro

"The coins of San Marino" stamps can be purchased as a set of 4, Sheets of 20, or FDC's. The size of each stamp is 40mm x 30mm with a perforation size of 13 x 13. The stamps will be printed by Imprimierie des Timbres Poste et des Valeurs Fiduciaires using the Offset printing process. A quantity of 140,000 stamps will be each printed.

The Coins of San Marino FDC Stamp

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