Spain: Commemorative Silver And Colour BU Coins Released Marking The Tenth Anniversary Of Reign Of King Felipe VI

The Real Casa de la Moneda have released silver and colour coins marking the King’s 10th anniversary of reign.

by Michael Alexander | Published on June 11, 2024

The-then Prince of the Asturias succeeded his father King Juan Carlos who abdicated the throne after almost forty years as Spain’s crowned head of state on the 19th June 2014. On that day, Felipe VI was proclaimed and sworn in as Spain’s new King during an investiture in the presence of the former King and the Cortes – Spain’s parliament. Spanish monarchs are not crowned as is a long-standing tradition. The investiture ceremony comprises a swearing in and administering of an oath taken by the new monarch in the presence of deputies and a full sitting of members of the Cortes. An important symbol of authority and continuity, that of the Spanish corona tumular is placed on an embroidered red pillow at the centre of the podium where the Monarch stands during their oath of allegiance. The crown was commissioned in 1775 by King Carlos III for the funeral procession of his mother Elisabeth Farnese, Queen consort of King Felipe V. It is crafted of gold-plated silver and unusually for a crown contains no gemstones. The decorative motif displays the heraldic symbols of the founding kingdoms of Castile and León, as well as symbols representing the Bourbon dynasty that of which of which King Felipe VI is a descendent. The corona tumular has been used as part of investitures for a number of Spanish monarchs such as King Ferdinand VII in 1808, King Amadeo of the House of Savoy in 1870 and King Alphonso XII, great, great Grandfather of the current monarch in 1874. Since July 2014, the corona tumular and sceptre have been on permanent public display for the first time ever in the Crown Room at the Royal Palace of Madrid.

The obverse side includes an updated bearded effigy of HM King Felipe VI facing left which is the work of engraver Luis Jose Diaz Salas and introduced onto Spanish commemorative coinage last year. The legend above the royal portrait reads FELIPE VI REY DE ESPANA with the year of issue, 2024 placed below the king’s likeness. The reverse side depicts the corona tumular centred and shown in vivid colour. Above and to the left is the denomination 40 EURO along with the crowned M mintmark of the Spanish Mint located in Madrid. Below and along the lower rim is the commemorative inscription X ANNIVERSARIO DE LA PROCLAMACION 2014 – 2024. A holographic or latent image application is also included in the design and placed to the upper right above the crown. Within a circular shape are the four images of the Mint mark, a royal crown, a fleur-de-lis and the number 24 denoting the year of minting.

DenominationMetalWeightDiameterQualityMaximum Mintage
40 Euro.925 Silver18 g.33 mm.UNC & Colour1,000,000
40 Euro.925 Silver18 g.33 mm.BU & Colour5,000

Each UNC quality strike coin is heat-sealed in a clear cellophane wrapper and available from a variety of sales points such as post office counters and commercial banks for their face value of €40. The BU examples are presented in a blister-pak folder that includes illustrations and text pertaining to the accession day of HM King Felipe VI. For additional information, please visit the e-webshop of the Real Casa de la Moneda.

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Author: Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander image Michael’s background in both numismatics and banknotes spans more than three decades and whose activities have varied from being a dedicated world coin collector to coin & medal design, marketing, theme concept and production. His additional interests include banknote research and in 1997, he founded the London Banknote and Monetary Research Centre to further these interests and activities. The company continues to offer monthly currency bulletins to both online and printed publications which includes information about the latest banknote news and releases from Central Banks and Monetary Authorities around the world. Michael has been a contributor to COIN NEWS magazine based in the UK since 1998 where many of his in-depth interviews, articles and bulletins have been published.

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