The Republic of San Marino maintains a fairly active numismatic schedule for such a relatively small country. Essentially nestled on a mountain top in northern Italy, the country is only 62km2 (24 sq mi) with an estimated population of around 34 000 people.
Each year though we see both circulating and commemorative collector's coins stemming from the micro state sometimes referred to as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino.
2017 seems set to be an unusually exiting year for collectors of San Marina coins though, as for the first time in fifteen years the enclaved European state will issue new designs on the national sides of their circulating currency.
San Marino forms a part of the Council of Europe and as such issues the standard Euro coins that are found across the entire European Union. Apart from the annual commemorative €2 coins, these coins have remained unchanged since their first release in 2002.
As with the previous designs the 2017 coins mostly feature national landmarks and themes important to San Marino. We will see these coins appear with updated designs featuring the portrait of St. Marino, with detail from a painting by G.B. Urbinelli on the €2.00coin.
The Second Tower is now depicted on the €1.00piece, while all three Towers of And Marino are displayed on the new €0.20 coin.
Details from a painting by E. Retrosi of St. Marino appears on the new €0.50.
The facade of the Church of the Convent of St. Francis is portrayed on the €0.10, with the Church of the Capuchin friars featuring on the new €0.05coin.
The 2017 €0.02 coin depicts the City Gate and the official coat of arms of the Republic will appear on the new €0.01 coin when it is issued.
These new coins are expected to enter circulation later this year, most likely after June with both proof and uncirculated sets being made available to collectors at that time.
There should also be a brilliant uncirculated coin set that includes a special commemorative silver €5 coin. The silver €5 coin should be released on it's own by March and is themed around the United Nations World Water Day.
World Numismatic News will keep you up to date with the latest in news, including higher resolution scans of these new coins as soon as they become available.