The Royal Spanish Mint(Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre) has released their 2016 entry to the commemorative two Euro coin program. This also marks the seventh coin by the Royal Spanish Mint(Real Casa de la Moneda) celebrating Spain's UNESCO world heritage sites.
This 2016 legal tender 2 Euro coin celebrates the aqueduct bridge of Segovia. Surely the cities most renowned landmark, the Aqueduct is a remarkably well preserved section of the ancient Roman aqueduct system. The aqueduct is thought to have been constructed some time during the 1st century CE on the orders or Emperor Domitian (81 – 96 CE).
The reverse design features a section of the double arch bridge that displays a niche relief of the “Virgen de la Fuencisla”, considered the cities patroness, at the base of the second arch. The issuing country as well as date are identified in the fields just above, “ESPANA” and “2016”. The mintmark of the Royal Spanish Mint is offset just to the right of the inscription. The outer ring of the bi-metallic coin contains twelve five pointed stars spaced evenly along the raised rim.
The obverse is the common 2 Euro design by Luc Luycx used on all €2 coins across Europe, featuring the European landmass with twelve stars to the right and a large number two to the left.
The mint is releasing special proof coins in a yellow printed folder. The coin is contained within the special blister pack with a short description. The packaging also doubles as a numbered certificate of authenticity.
There will be a total of 10 000 proof quality coins minted and they are expected to retail for around €23.00 each. They can currently be obtained from the Spanish Mint's web store for €19 each.