The Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre (FNMT), in association with the Casa Real de la Moneda, have launched (28th September) their sixth set of coins in the series entitled “Jewels of Numismatics,” which this year is dedicated to the 400th Anniversary of the Madrid Mint. The esteemed and historic Madrid Mint, direct precedent of the Spanish Royal Mint, was founded by Royal Warrant proclaimed by HM King Philip III in 1614. Coin production thereafter commenced in April 1615 with the minting of gold 2 escudos and silver 4 real pieces. Also in 1615, coins known as maravedís, a variety of the gold dinar, were struck at the Madrid Mint. The three coins in this year’s series highlight those initial coins minted in 1615.
10 €URO: The obverse of the coin depicts the 1615 silver 4 reales coin issued during the reign of King Philip III. The coin itself included the crowned crest of Spain as well as the mintmark of the mint at the time. The obverse includes the insignias of the House of Castile and Leon and the year of issue for this first coin, 1615. Surrounding the main motif are the various mintmarks of the Spanish Mint in Madrid.
20 €URO: The obverse highlights the actual mintmark of the Mint of Madrid, the conjoined initials MD, with the coin’s denomination placed to the lower left. The reverse includes elements of the design of the original Maravedi coin with shields representing the Kingdoms of Castile and Leon.
100 €URO: The obverse design includes a representation of the two Escudos coin, which bore the shield of the united Spanish kingdom, notably the elements of Castile, Leon, Aragon, Navarre, and Granada. The reverse includes a depiction of the same coin’s reverse, with an illustration of a cross at its center, along with the text “HISPANIARUM REX 1615” positioned around the primary design.
|10 EURO||.925 silver||27 grams||40 mm.||Proof||700 pieces|
|20 EURO||.999 gold||1.24 grams||13.9 mm.||Proof||10,000 pieces|
|100 EURO||.999 gold||6.75 grams||23 mm.||Proof||2500 pieces|
These coins will be issued on October 5, with each coin available separately. For more information on these and other coins available from the Real Casa de la Moneda, please visit their Web site. Information is offered in English & Spanish, with international orders dispatched where applicable.