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The Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre in association with the Casa Real have unveiled the effigy or portrait of HM King Felipe VI which will be used on most collector’s coins produced by the Spanish Mint with the issue of a new 30 euro coin.
King Felipe VI succeeded to the Spanish throne on the 19th June of this year after his predecessor and father King Juan Carlos announced his intention to abdicate on the 2nd June after a 38 year reign. A ceremony which included the former King signing his abdication on the day as well as the proclamation of the new King was held the day after and televised to the nation. King Felipe married the former Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, an award-winning television journalist in 2004, who became Queen consort on the day of her husband’s proclamation. The couple’s first child, a daughter named Leonor was born in 2005 with the couple’s second child, Sofia born in 2007. With the accession of Felipe as King, Princess Leonor becomes her father’s heir and first in the order of succession to the Spanish throne.
The new portrait was designed by Luis José Díaz, considered to be one of the Casa Real’s best designers/engravers and shows the new King facing to the left – as has been customary for the portraits of Spain’s last four Kings, Amadeo I, Alphonso XII, Alphonso XIII and Juan Carlos I. The King is also portrayed in uniform with a portion of his shoulders visible.
The reverse of the new coin includes an image of the King’s royal crest or coat of arms which includes references to the crowns of Castile and Leon as well as that of Aragon and Navarre. The crest is surrounded by the collar of the Golden Fleece and crowned of the same metal and precious stones, with eight rosettes, the ram representing the golden fleece is seen at the lower half of the collar. A series of latent images contained in one circular shape is seen next to the crest on the right side which includes the numeral “14” a stylized crown, a fleur de lys, and the Mint’s own crowned “M” mintmark that are visible individually as the coin is tilted. The coin’s denomination is positioned above the latent image.
|30 €URO||.925 silver||18 grams||33 mm.||Uncirculated||Up to 1 million|
The coin will be made available from the 25th November for its face value of €30 through most of Spain’s commercial banks and post offices. A special version for collectors will also be available at a later date. It is not yet known if this effigy will be included on Spanish EURO circulation coins.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Casa Real, please visit the website of the FNMT at: https://tienda.fnmt.es/fnmttv/b2c/start/%28xcm=Z_TIENDA%29/.do Information offered in English and Spanish, international orders dispatched.