International Year of Chemistry


Año Internacional de la Química. Abre en ventana nueva.

The year 2011 has been declared the International Year of Chemistry (IYC). The initiative springs from a joint proposal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in recognition of the achievements made in the field of chemistry and the contributions they have made to benefit mankind.

The motto of the IYC is "Chemistry-our life, our future".

This year was chosen because it coincides with the centenary of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry being awarded to Marie Curie. The year also marks the centenary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies, the forerunner of the IUPAC.

The commemoration highlights the contribution of chemistry as an essential creative science that will improve the sustainability of our lifestyles and solve mankind's global vital problems, namely food, water, health, energy and transport.

To mark the occasion, the Real Casa de la Moneda has minted a new collector coin with legends and motifs dedicated to the International Year of Chemistry and to the centenary of Marie Curie being selected to be the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.

Details - 8 reales silver- Marie Curie

The reverse of the coin features a likeness of Marie Curie, ceded by the Curie Museum (coll. ACJC) in Paris. At left, the lettering Marie Curie. At right, AÑO INTERNACIONAL DE LA QUÍMICA. Below this, the mint mark, the logotype in Spanish of the International Year of Chemistry, the text 10 EURO (the face value of the coin), and a portrayal of some laboratory vessels.

The obverse portrays the likeness of His Majesty King Juan Carlos.

Details - 8 reales silver- Marie Curie
Name Composition Face Value Weight Diameter Quality Mint run
The 8 reales silver coin 925 silver 10 € 27 g 40 mm Proof 10.000


Official retail price in Spain, excluding any relevant taxes:


8 reales silver - 48 Euro