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New Spanish commemorative coin: Old town of Santiago de Compostela

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This week we continue with the numismatic news that will bring us the year 2018. We already talked about the common coin that will be issued by the Baltic republics, and the new coin dedicated to the 50th birthday of the Head of the Spanish State, now it is the turn of a coin dedicated to one of the heritage of the humanity of Unesco.

This coin continues with the series of monuments heritage of the Humanity of the Unesco that Spain began in 2010. Last year the coin was dedicated to the pre Romanesque Asturian art and this year is about the old helmet of Santiago de Compostela.

These commemorative coins are being issued respecting the order in which the places were declared World Heritage. The issues could be prolonged, at least, until 2050 at the current rate of issuance of one currency per year. Until this 2018 the list includes the following currencies:

Two of the most representative symbols of Santiago de Compostela have been used for this coin: Santiago the pilgrim and the cathedral.

James, son of Zebedee, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, and traditionally considered the first apostle to be martyred. He is the patron of the Spaniards, celebrating his feast every 25th of July. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela and historically, and since Early Middle Ages, it represents the end of the Camino de Santiago. The building is a Romanesque structure, with later Gothic and Baroque additions.

The design of the coin reproduces the image of Santiago Peregrino, which is located in the central arch of the Holy Door, in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. On his left, the name of the issuing country "SPAIN" appears, next to the year of minting 2018, and under this the mint mark. As in all two euro coins, the twelve stars of the European Union are located in the outer ring.

The issuance date is scheduled for early February 2018. We must be aware of this issue as it differs from coins minted until now, whose mintage was around eight million units but the mintage of this coin will be very small, only 300,000 coins.

This is not going to be the only commemorative coin of two euros that is going to issue Spain during 2018, a few weeks ago we already commented on the coin that commemorates the 50th birthday of King Philip VI.



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