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100th Anniversary of the birth of Gino Bartali

Code: 257

Gino Bartali was a cycling champion and an emblem of the Italian postwar period. He won hundreds of competitions between the 1930 and the 1950, three times the Giro d'Italia and twice the Tour de France. He was nick-named “Ginettaccio” and he was a gruff and tenacious Tuscan athlete loved by Italian and European sportsmen, always contending with his historic defier Fausto Coppi. Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, recognized Gino Bartali as a Righteous Among the Nations, an honor for non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis. Wearing the racing jersey emblazoned with his name, he cycled with forged identity documents for Jews escaping persecution hidden in his bicycle. For Gino Bartali sport ethics fitted with passion for life. The silver coin depicts the champion on a bicycle and on the background a view of the characteristic Towers of the Republic of San Marino.
  • Author: Valerio De Seta 5€ silver
  • Date of issue: 29 04 2014
  • Value: Silver 925/000
  • Theme: Divisional coin + 5€ silver coins (001)
  • Print run: 20.000 complete sets
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