400 euro: 500th anniversary of the death of Christopher Columbus

Series: Spain: Gold 400 euro coins

400 euro 500th anniversary of the death of Christopher Columbus  - 2006 - Series: Gold 400 euro coins - Spain

This year we commemorate the Quincentenary of the death of the great seafarer and discoverer Christopher Columbus, who died in Valladolid in 1506. His momentous voyage, in search of an alternative route to the Indies, concluded in the discovery of the New World. To mark the occasion the Spanish Royal Mint has minted a proof quality series of coins dedicated to commemorate this important figure and his great achievement, the discovery of America.The 400-Euro coin features a likeness of Christopher Columbus on the obverse. An astrolabe, the main navigational instrument of the time, is also portrayed at bottom left. The reverse depicts a setting in which Columbus presents his project to the Catholic Monarchs, seen seated on their thrones.