Ayrton Senna Commemorated With 5 Euro Silver Proof Coin

San Marino 5 Euro 20th Anniversary of Ayrton Senna Death Silver Proof 1 photo
Petrolhead or not, even those people that have the smallest dab of appreciation for internal combustion and motorsport have heard his name. We're talking about Ayrton Senna, Formula 1's greatest icon, heralded as the central figure of the competition by both fans and fellow Formula 1 racing drivers.
After an illustrious 10-year-long Formula 1 career, 162 races, 41 wins and 610 career points, the talented Brazilian driver has tragically lost his life at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Some people deem the FW16 Williams as the culprit for this unfortunate event, but what's done is done. We lost a three-time world champion 20 years ago, but his memory lives on through the millions of fans that admire him.

Two decades since that ominous race weekend, when Roland Ratzenberger has also died in a tragic high-speed crash during qualifying, a limited proof coinage has been commissioned to commemorate the passing of Ayrton Senna da Silva. Only 8,000 pieces of these 20th anniversary 5 euro silver proof coins were minted, and we found out that you can get one for a hefty 50 euros (roughly $67 or £40).

Created by designers Marcio Petta and Antonella Napolione and released this week, the special coins feature the Brazilian racing driver's effigy next to the undrivable Williams FW16 that quickened his death. Don't know about you, but we sure think that the McLaren MP4/4 would've been a better design for this Senna homage. After all, the MP4/4 is still the most succesful Formula 1 car ever made, winning all but one race in the 1988 season, and it's also the car that helped Ayrton Senna win his first drivers' championship.
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