400 euro: Bicentenary War of Independence
Series: Spain: Gold 400 euro coins
The year 2008 will mark the Bicentenary of the War of Independence that brought Spain into combat with the forces of the First French Empire and triggered the uprising of May 2, 1808. The Spanish Royal Mint has chosen to join in the celebration of this event of importance for Spain, which marked the beginning of a new historical cycle and produced a change in the previous political systems. The obverse features a reproduction of the oil painting "General José de Palafox on horseback" by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. The reverse shows an adaptation of the engraving entitled "How brave!", one of the most dramatic plates from Goya's "Disasters of War" series, housed in the National Chalcography.