Real Casa de la Moneda is launching the second series of collector coins under the Europa Coin Programme Ages of Europe, made up of two coins: one in gold and the other, in silver. On this occasion, the collection is dedicated to the Steel and Glass Age.
The first issue (2016) was dedicated to Contemporary Europe; whilst future issues are to be dedicated to baroque and rococo (2018): the Renaissance (2019); and Gothic (2020).
Finished in proof quality, with the same designs on obverse and reverse, both coins are presented in stylish jewellery cases. They may be acquired individually or as a complete set of two.
The obverse carries an image of His Majesty Felipe VI, wearing the insignia of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
The reverse shows three devices, each placed inside an oval. The upper oval contains an image of the Crystal Palace, situated in the Madrid park, Parque del Retiro; the one to the right, a photograph from Archivo Moreno (the photographic library of Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España, MECD), depicting a portrait of Galician writer Rosalía de Castro drawn by Antonio Portal; and the one in the lower left, an image of the replica of the Mataró locomotive, on show at Museo del Ferrocarril de Cataluña, in Vilanova i la Geltrú.
The characteristics of the pieces are as follows:
- Composition: .925 sterling silver
- Face Value: 10€
- Weight: 27 g
- Diameter: 40 mm
- Quality: Proof
- Mint Run: 7.500 units
- Composition: .999 gold
- Face Value: 200€
- Weight: 13,5 g
- Diameter: 30 mm
- Quality: Proof
- Mint Run: 2.500 units
Official retail price in Spain, excluding any relevant taxes:
8 reales silver - 55 Euro
4 escudos gold - 800 Euro (*)
Set 2 coins - 855 Euro (**)
(*) The gold "4 escudos" coin: VAT-Exempt in the E.U. member states.
(**) Collector sets that include gold and silver coins: VAT is applied to the silver coins only.