The Real Casa de la Moneda have announced (3rd October) the issue of two new commemorative coins marking the 25th anniversary of the accession of Spain to the European Economic Community, later the European Union, on the 1st January 1986. The two coins are being coordinated as a joint issue with the Portuguese Mint, the Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda and will be made available as two-coin sets. Both Spain and Portugal were admitted into the EEC as the 11th and 12th members respectively.
The obverse of the €10 silver coin bears the likeness of HM King Juan Carlos along with the legend “JUAN CARLOS I REY DE ESPANA” along with the year of issue “2011” under the portrait. The reverse illustrates a portion of sheet metal, hole-punched with coin blanks cut out and the scripted initials “UE” superimposed over the primary design. The text “XXV ANIVERSARIO DE LA ADHESION DE ESPANA Y PORTUGAL A LA UNION EUROPEA” and the denomination along with the FNMT mintmark of a crowned “M” are also included in the design. The coin is struck to proof quality in sterling silver with a weight of 27 grams and a diameter of 40 mm. The total mintage is limited to 10,000 examples.
The gold coin with a face value of €20, includes a design of the curled edges of two scrolls coming forward into the foreground where they meet, conveying the idea of the two countries. The Spanish coat of arms and the year of issue “2011” are also included. The reverse carries a similar imagery of the two scrolls, depicted here together with star-studded spheres, bringing to mind the current European Union. The text is the same as that depicted on the silver example, the denomination appears on the left half. The pure gold coin, also struck to proof quality weighs 1.24 grams and has a diameter of 13.9 mm. The total mintage for this coin has been authorized for 12,000 pieces.
For more information on these and more coins offered by the Real Casa de la Moneda, please visit their website at: http://www.fnmt.es/index.php?cha=collector&scha=14&page=224&spage=497. The information is currently only in Spanish.