The Royal Mint issues the fourth series of collector coins from the "Ages of Europe" European minting programme, consisting of a gold coin and a silver coin. On this occasion, the collection is dedicated to Renaissance.
In addition to Spain, Belgium, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta and Portugal participate in this European minting programme. In order to unite the programme and make it a genuine collection, one of the sides of the coins has a common design, in the case of Spain it is the side of the obverse.
The first issue in 2016 was dedicated to Contemporary Europe, the one in 2017, to the Age of Steel and Glass and the last issue in 2018 dedicated to Baroque and Rococo. Future emissions will be dedicated to the Gothic in 2020.
The collection consists of two coins minted in proof quality, one gold and one silver, with the same designs on the front and back, except that the latter has color motifs. They are presented in elegant jewellery cases and can be purchased individually, or the complete collection including the two coins.
On the obverse side is the effigy of His Majesty King Philip VI, wearing the insignia of Captain General. At the bottom is the common mark adopted by the countries that issue coins dedicated to the Europe Programme. A five-pointed star occupies the entire bottom of the coin.
Three motifs framed in ovals are reproduced on the reverse. The upper oval contains an image of the Alhambra of Granada, with the Palace of Carlos V; in the right oval to the right, a traditional image of Don Quixote on the back of Rocinante; in the left oval, a detail of the portrait of Juan de la Cosa, which is preserved in the Naval Museum of Madrid. In the silver piece, the image of the portrait is in colour.
The characteristics of each of the pieces are detailed below:
- Composition: .925 sterling silver
- Face Value: 10€
- Weight: 27 g
- Diameter: 40 mm
- Quality: Proof
- Mint Run: 5,000 units
- Composition: .999 gold
- Face Value: 200€
- Weight: 13.5 g
- Diameter: 30 mm
- Quality: Proof
- Mint Run: 2,500 units
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