The coin marks the 400th anniversarry of the death of William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.
His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship.
The design depicts a portrait of the poet. On the right, in a semi-circle, the dates ‘1616-2016’ and the name of the issuing country ‘San Marino’.
On the bottom right the initials of the artist ‘MB’. On the left, in a semi-circle, the inscription ‘William Shakespeare’. On the bottom left the mintmark ‘R’. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag."