The Song of My Cid is an anonymous epic poem that recounts heroic exploits inspired by the latter years in the life of the Castilian gentleman Don Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar. It is the first extensive narrative work in Spanish literature penned in a Romance language.
The Spanish Royal Mint, wishing to pay tribute to one of the most important works in the history of Spanish literature, has minted three theme-related collector coins.
To mark the occasion of the homage paid to the work "The Song of My Cid", the Spanish Royal Mint is presenting an outstanding set of proof quality coins minted in gold and silver.
The coins may be acquired singly, each in its own case, or as a complete set.
|Name||Face Value||Weight||Diameter||Mint Run|
|4-escudos gold||200 €||13,5 g||30 mm||3.500|
|Cincuentín silver||50 €||168,75 g||73 mm||6.000|
|8-reales silver||10 €||27 g||40 mm||12.000|
The obverse reproduces an anonymous likeness of the Cid Campeador drawn in the 19th century.
The reverse reproduces a fragment taken from the title page of the "Chronicles of the very industrious gentleman the Cid Ruy Diaz Campeador" that is housed in Spain's National Library.
The obverse portrays the equestrian statue of the Cid Campeador located in the city of Burgos and a depiction of the cathedral of this Castilian city.
The reverse shows a setting with medieval musicians under a series of arches.
On the obverse is rendered a likeness of Doña Jimena, wife of the Cid Campeador.
The reverse features the image of a medieval monk copying a text.
Official retail price in Spain, excluding any relevant taxes:
Complete Collector Set - 950 Euros (*)
4-escudos gold - 775 Euros (**)
Cincuentín silver - 135 Euros
8-reales silver - 40 Euros
(*) Sets containing gold and silver coins: VAT will be applied only to the silver coins.
(**) 4-escudos gold: exempt from VAT in EU member states.