500th Anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila

500th Anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila

The year 2015 marks the quincentenary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila (also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus). The founder of the feminine and masculine orders of the Discalced Carmelites, a Doctor of the Catholic Church and the patroness of Spanish writers, Saint Teresa of Avila participated, along with other greats of Spanish letters, in the literary renaissance that was Spain's "Golden Age".

The quincentennial of her birth offers up a rare opportunity, not only to recall who Saint Teresa was and what she did, but also to comprehend her thinking and her life. To mark this occasion, the Spanish Royal Mint has launched a new collector coin featuring legends and motifs dedicated to the commemoration of this event.

Details - 8 reales silver

The obverse reproduces the portrait of Saint Teresa painted by Peter Paul Rubens. This canvas is housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

The reverse features the religious monument called El humilladero de Los Cuatro Postes (The Four Posts) located in the town of Avila.

Santa Teresa de Jesús
Name Composition Face Value Weight Diameter Quality Mint Run
8 reales .925 sterling silver 10 € 27 g 40 mm Proof 7.500


Official retail price in Spain, excluding any relevant taxes:


8 reales-silver : 45 Euros