In 2004, coinciding with the expansion of the European Union, several Mints from the old continent joined forces in the numismtic program entitled Europa, for the purpose of minting collector coins with a common theme.
Under the motto "European Heritage" the Spanish Mint has issued the 5th Series of collector coins in the Europa Program. The issue is dedicated to the memory of King Alfonso X the Wise (1221-1284), recognized worldwide for having created the Translators' School of Toledo and for his extensive legal, historical, scientific and literary works.
Minted in Proof quality, the collector coins in this fifth series of the Europa Program are presented in stylish jewel cases. The coins may be acquired either singly, each in its own case, or as the full set of both coins presented together in one case.
For the first time in these Europa Program series the reverse of the coins has been minted with a latent image, one of the viewing angles showing the crowned "M" and the other the year of minting.
|Name||Face value||Weight||Diameter||Mint run|
|8-reales silver||10 €||27 g||40 mm||20.000|
|4-escudos gold||200 €||13.5 g||30 mm||3.500|
Official retail price in Spain, excluding any relevant taxes:
Case containing 2 coins - 754 Euros (*)
8-reales silver - 44 Euros
4-escudos gold - 710 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.