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500th Anniversary of the Amerigo Vespucci’s death
500-летие со дня смерти Америго Веспуччи
Presented by
Azienda Autonoma di Stato Filatelica e Numismatica – San Marino
Nominal value
5 euro
18,00 g
32 mm
18,00 g
12000 pcs.
Production quality
Antonella Napolione/Uliana Pernazza
I.P.Z.S. Rome
Description of obverse and reverse
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”.
A brief annotation
Amerigo Vespucci was one of the first and most important explorers of the New World. He understood that the new lands were 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.
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