The design features Manzoni’s portrait, a pen and the beginning of his masterpiece, “I Promessi Sposi”. At the top, from left to right, in semi-circle, is the inscription “CITTÀ DEL VATICANO”. At the bottom is the inscription “Alessandro Manzoni” and underneath it the dates “1873◦2023”. At the left is the mintmark “R”.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.