The Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre (FNMT), in association with the Real Casa de la Moneda, has announced the final approved designs for Spain’s contribution to the Europe-wide EUROPA star series. The theme for this year’s EUROPA star coins highlights elements of the “modern 20th century.”
The Spanish contribution to this year’s series features well-known subjects of Spanish art, commerce, and style. Spain has developed a reputation over the last four decades as a hub for innovative and uber-stylish designs in the field of fashion, art, architecture and popular culture. Avant-garde art and design, exemplified by the works of 20-century artists like Salvadore Dali and Antoni Gaudi, often utilize futuristic and boundary-pushing ideas and have become representative of modern Spanish culture and lifestyle.
The reverse design, which is shared by both the gold and silver coins, includes a portrait of Salvador Dalí (1904 – 1989), the prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia, and an image of the famous “White Towers” building in Madrid. The building was the recipient of the 1974 Excellence Award for design and is considered an landmark structure combining both wood and concrete. The color application included on the reverse represents the sun, which is typical of the artwork of Joan Miró (1893 – 1983).
The common obverse design for the EUROPA series is the work of artisans from the Monnaie de Paris and features a large off-center star in the background of each design. In the case of the Spanish example, a profile portrait of HM King Felipe VI is centered along with his legend, which is placed around the King’s portrait. The actual EUROPA star logo is prominently featured and included on the obverse side, located just under the King’s portrait.
|10 €URO||.925 silver||27 grams||40 mm.||Proof & colour||7500 pieces|
|200 €URO||.999 Gold||13.5 Grams||30 mm.||Proof & colour||2500 pieces|
The coins are referred to in their traditional Spanish denominations as 8 reales (silver) and 4 escudos (gold), and are available from May 3 separately or as a set of two coins. For additional information on these and other coins offered by the Real Casa – Casa de la Moneda, please visit their Web site. International sales are dispatched where applicable.
The EUROPA Star coin program is an ongoing annual initiative that was begun in 2004. The program is dedicated to the issuance of collector-oriented legal tender coins in precious metals to celebrate European identity. The issuing authorities of EU member countries voluntarily contribute coins to the Europa Coin program.