Monza, the legendary Italian motor racing circuit is a century old, and IPZS commemorates its history with a silver coin

Anyone with even the slightest interest in motorsport will know the name ‘Monza’. Its full name is the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, and this 5.8 km racetrack is situated near Monza, north of Milan. It’s the world’s third oldest, purpose built motorsport track (only Brooklands in the UK, and Indianapolis in the US, are older), and with only one exception, has been home to the Italian Grand Prix since 1949, with the 2022 race occurring on 11 September.

Monza actually consists of three tracks, including a recently restored banked oval, with the Grand Prix circuit the longest. It’s also home to the 1000 km Monza endurance race, and a large selection of other car and motorcycle events. In the early days, race safety was in its infancy, and while the sport is now considerably safer, accidents do occur. In all, 90 people have been killed there, 52 of them drivers, 1 a race official, and 37 spectators, no doubt exacerbated by Monza’s fast nature. The 1928 crash of Emilio Materassi killed at least 22 spectators as well, possibly as many as 27, still the worst Grand Prix accident ever.

The coin reverse face is inspired by a painting by English artist, Michael Turner, and depicts a scene from the 2nd Italian Grand Prix held on September 10, 1922 at Monza. Cars driven by Pietro Bordino, the winner of the race in a Fiat 804, and Pierre de Vizcaya, third across the finish line in a Bugatti T29, race in the foreground, with a Diatto type 20S driven by Guido Meregalli in the background. The obverse features the official logo of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza and the dates “1922-2022”, with the modern grandstands displayed to each side.

An 18 gram sterling silver coin, it comes boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity, and retails for €45.00. A neat coin with a fantastic subject, we particularly like the period race scene on the reverse. Early motorsport is a fine subject for a coin, and we hope to see more.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION 5 EURO (Italy)
COMPOSITION 0.925 silver
WEIGHT 18.0 grams
DIMENSIONS 32.0 mm
FINISH Special uncirculated
MODIFICATIONS None
MINTAGE 8,000
BOX / C.O.A. Yes / Yes
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