Spain on Feb. 1 launched both of its circulating commemorative €2
coins for 2018.
One of the coins highlights the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural
Heritage Site of Santiago. The other marks the 50th anniversary of
King Felipe VI’s reign.
The obverse of each coin features its special design.
The City of Santiago de Compostela was declared a World Cultural
Heritage site by UNESCO in 1985, considering its urban beauty and
monumental integrity along with the deep echoes of its spiritual and
cultural significance during the Middle Ages as a destination for the
Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage.
The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) is a large network of
ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe that meet at the tomb
of St. James in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.
The design highlighting the Santiago site reproduces a sculpture of
Santiago taken from above the Holy Door of the Santiago de Compostela
Cathedral. At left in a semicircle, is the word ESPAÑA, while at the
bottom left is the year of issuance, 2018, with the Mint mark below it.
Connect with Coin World:
up for our free eNewsletter
Like us on
us on Twitter
A total of 300,000 coins were issued.
The €2 coin marking the 50th anniversary of King FELIPE VI
reproduces King Felipe VI’s coat of arms.
At left in a semicircle, is the word ESPAÑA, while at bottom left is
the year of issuance, 2018. Beginning below the coat of arms and
arcing up the right border is the inscription 50 ANIVERSARIO DE S.M.
FELIPE VI. The Mint mark is at the top right.
In total, 400,000 coins were issued.
The ringed-bimetallic coins have a copper-nickel core and
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag. The
common reverse shows a map of the European Union.
The €2 coin weighs 8.5 grams and measures 25.75 millimeters in
diameter. Each nation is allowed to issue up to two different
circulating commemorative designs annually, with designs of their
choosing, though few nations issue the maximum number of designs.
Joint Euro programs like the 2015 coins honoring the 30th
anniversary of flag of the European Union do not count toward this limit.