Spanish Euro Coins

Spain was one of the founding members of the Euro zone and started issuing coins in 2002. Some basic facts relating to Spain.

Normal Currency Coins.

As with many other countries in the Euro zone , Spain has three motifs for its coins- one for the "copper coloured coins"(1 cent,2 cent and 5 cent), one for the "gold coloured coins" (10 cent,20 cent and 50 cent) and finally one for the one Euro and two Euro coins.

The first motif (1,2 and 5 cent coins)is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela which contains the grave of the Apostle Jacob.

The second motif (10,20 and 50 cent coins) is Miguel de Cervantes the most renowned Spanish literay figure - author of Don Quijote.

The third motif (1 and 2 Euro coins) is reigning monarch Juan Carlos I.

The design of the Spanish coins was slightly modified in 2010 to bring them in line with the new guidelines.

Previously some of the "* "(stars) were embedded in a sort of raised arc. On the 1 Euro and 2 Euro coins name "Espana" was also on a raised arc. These raised arcs have been removed and the stars now appear as in the European flag.

The year which previously appeared under the king and was in the "star arc" now appears to the left of the king in the inner disc.

The raised arc appeared from 8 o'clock to 12 o'clock in the 1,2 and 5 cent coins.

The raised arc appeared from 12 o'clock to 3 o'clock in the 10,20 and 50 cent coins.

The raised arc appeared from 1 o'clock to 4 o'clock in the 1 Euro and 2 Euro.In addition the raised arc on which "Espana" was imprinted has been removed.

New positioning of date as from 2010.

1 cent - Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

2 cent - Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

5 cent - Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

10 cent - Miguel de Cervantes.

20 cent - Miguel de Cervantes.

50 cent - Miguel de Cervantes.

1 Euro - The reigning Monarch - Juan Carlos I.

2 Euro - The reigning Monarch - Juan Carlos I.

Two Euro Coin Rim

Around the rim of the Two Euro Coin appear the number "2" followed by "**".
This repeated six times so that the "12-Star" European motif is represented. Each "2" is inverted with respect to the preceding and following "2".

Spanish Commemorative Two Euro coins.

Spain commenced issuing Two Euro Commemorative coins in 2005 and has so far (2012) only issued four of its own.

2005 - Depicted is the legendary Don Quiote, one of the most famous characters in literature together with two of the windmills (giants) he charged. Commemorated is the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quiote.

Date of issue   : 30.06.2005

Issuing Volume : 8 Million

2010 - The Mezquita(Mosque) and old town of Cordoba are depicted. This is the first coin in the Spanish World Heritage Series.

Date of issue   : 03.03.2010

Issuing Volume : 8 Million

2011 - The Patio de los Leones (Court of the lions) in the Alhambra in Grenada is depicted.

Date of issue   : 28.01.2011

Issuing Volume : 8 Million

2012 - Burgos Cathedral.

Date of issue   : 01.03.2012

Issuing Volume : 8 Million

2013 - This fourth coin in the Spanish world heritage series represents the San Lorenzo del Escorial Monastry.

Date of issue   : 02.03.2013

Issuing Volume : 8 Million

2014 - This fifth coin in the Spanish world heritage series.Park G├╝ell is represented by a lizard sculpture and a detail of one of the pavillions.

Date of issue   : 07.02.2014

Issuing Volume : 8 Million

2014 - Succession to the Throne of King Filipe VI.

Date of issue   : 10.12.2014

Issuing Volume : 12 Million

2015 - Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain.

Date of issue   : February/March 2015

Issuing Volume : 8 Million

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