Europa Program - Philip II

Introduction

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 heading "European Heritage" the Royal Spanish Mint is issuing the 6th Series of collector coins in the Europa Program. This new issue is dedicated to the commemoration of King Philip II "the Prudent" (1527-1598), known for his sovereignty over a vast empire that encompassed extensive dominions in the five continents, and for modernizing the administration of the Spanish Monarchy.

Other releases under the Europa Program: (2004) (2005) (2006) (2007) (2008) (2010) (2011)


Details

Minted in Proof quality, the collector coins in this sixth series of the Europa program come 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.

Details - Europa Program - Philip II
Name Composition Face Value Weight Diameter Quality Mint run
8-reales 925 Silver 10 € 27 g 40 mm Proof 18.000
4-escudos 999 Gold 200 € 13.5 g 30 mm Proof 3.000

8-reales silver

The obverse of the silver coin portrays the effigy of H.M. King Juan Carlos I.

The reverse replicates a bust of King Philip II taken from a portrait painted by Titian. Depicted to the left is the coat-of-arms that presides over the entrance to the Kings' Courtyard in the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial.

4 - escudos gold

The obverse of the gold coin portrays the effigy of H.M. King Juan Carlos I.

The reverse replicates a bust of King Philip II taken from a portrait painted by Titian. Depicted to the left is the coat-of-arms that presides over the entrance to the Kings' Courtyard in the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial.


Prices

Official retail price in Spain, excluding any relevant taxes:

The set

Case containing 2 coins - 754 Euros (*)

Individual coins

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.