MADRID – Spain’s Royal Mint has unveiled a glittering commemorative six-coin collection to mark on the occasion of King Felipe VI’s 50th birthday, as seen in photographs issued on Wednesday.
The monarch, whose full name is Prince Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbon y Grecia was born on Jan. 30, 1968, in Madrid.
“On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the birth of His Majesty the King, Don Felipe VI, the National Coin Factory and Royal Mint has issued collectors’ pieces consisting of six coins, minted to proof quality, one in gold and five in silver,” a statement said.
The four proof-minted silver pieces of eight or “reales” have a face value of 10 euros ($11.4); a silver “cincuentin” with a face value of 50 (all of 925 silver) and a fine gold coin which contains 99.9% gold of a millesimal fineness of 999, with a face value of 400 euros.
The obverse side of the 10 euro coins shows important moments of the king’s life with the legend “Felipe VI Rey de España” stamped on the top in capital letters.
The silver 50 euro coin shows His Majesty’s coat of arms reproduced in color.
The 400 euro gold coin shows on its obverse the head of state swearing his oath of allegiance to the Spanish Constitution in Parliament on June 19, 2014, the day he was proclaimed King of Spain.
Proof mintings are differentiated by the contrast between the matt-finish image and the mirror-finish background, a painstaking process carried out under strict quality controls.
Spain’s mint was established in 1893 and is a public corporation managed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Business.