Proof silver coin € 5,00 thousandth 2012 dedicated to the “500th Anniversary of the Amerigo Vespucci’s death”

He was one of the first and most important explorers of the New World. “Arrivai alla terra degli Antipodi, e riconobbi di essere al cospetto della quarta parte della Terra. Scoprii il continente abitato da una moltitudine di popoli e animali, più della nostra Europa, dell’Asia o della stessa Africa”, so Amerigo Vespucci, (Florence, 18th March 1454 – Seville, 22nd February 1512) wrote in a letter. Many critics had doubts about authenticity of these letters. Anyway the important thing is that he understood that the new lands where not part of Asia but of a new continent. The cartographer Martin Waldseemüller used the name America from the Latin Americus Vespucius to indicate the new lands in a map of 1507, included in Cosmographiae Introductio. After 500 years from Amerigo Vespucci’s death with this silver coin San Marino wants to render homage to the florentine traveller. On the obverse the coat of arms of the Republic of San Marino by Antonella Napolione. On the reverse the image of the explorer enframed in a geometric composition, on the right side the vertical inscriptions “1512•2012”, on the left the value “5 EURO” and the symbol “R”; under the image of Vespucci there is the name of the designer “U. PERNAZZA”, in the lower part the inscription “AMERIGO VESPUCCI”. Around in circle “E VIDI QUATTRO STELLE GODER PAREA IL CIEL DI LOR FIAMMELLE”. During his second travel, the explorer discovered four stars which indicated south and to describe them he quoted Dante’s Divina Commedia “Io me volsi a man destra e posi l’altro polo e vidi quattro stelle non vista mai fuor ch’alla prima gente goder parea il ciel di lor fiammelle”. - Issue date 24th September 2012 - Value € 5,00 - Silver 925/000 - Weight gr. 18,00 - Diameter mm. 32,00 - Mintage 12.000 series - Designers Antonella Napolione/Uliana Pernazza - Edge milled - Price € 34,00