200 euro – 150th Anniversary Spanish Escudos
Series: Spain – Gold 200 euro coins
In 1868, 150 years ago, one of the most important monetary laws in Spain was enacted, at which time the Peseta was introduced as the single monetary unit, causing the disappearance of the Escudo coins as an official means of payment. Commemorating this anniversary, the Royal Mint of Spain has issued four gold coins with different metrics in 2018: one, two, four and eight Escudo coin. The collection consists of four gold coins minted in proof quality, which represent faithful reproductions of the coins of the period, including their technical specifications, with the exception of minor modifications, such as the year of minting, the face value of the coin and the mint mark. A reproduction of the Castilian gold 4 ESCUDO coin, struck at the Seville Mint during the reign of Felipe II. The actual mint year is unknown as coins did not carry the number of the year systematically until 1588. The obverse of the original piece bears the monarch’s Royal Coat of Arms with the quarters of Castile and León, Granada, Aragon, Sicily, Austria, Burgundy (old and new), Brabant, Flanders and Tyrol. On either side of the coat appear the Real Casa de la Moneda of Madrid mark and the value of 200 EURO. The whole is surrounded by the legend PHILIPPUS II DEI GRATIA. On the reverse, the Jerusalem cross-cantonée, four leaves, set within an orle of four semicircles and surrounded by the legend HISPANIARUM.REX. The current coin also includes the year, 2018.