The Royal Mint of Spain(Real Casa de la Moneda) has released their first of two circulating commemorative €2 coin for 2017.
Every year member states of the European Union are allowed to produce two special circulating commemorative €2 coins, to celebrate their national identity or themes important to the issuing country. In contrast to the rest of the Euro coinage which has a single uniform design across all Euro states, the obverse design of these coins are at the discretion of the issuing county.
The coin is dedicated to the Church of St Mary at Mount Naranco, located in northern Spain. Construction of the building was completed in 848 CE. It was a part of a complex of buildings ordered built by Ramiro I of Asturias, who was king at the time, as a part of the royal palace.
It was then later converted into a Roman Catholic church dedicated to St May in the 12th century. In 1985 it was inscribed on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.
The obverse of the coin depicts a three quarter angle view of the Church on the copru-nickel inner disc of the bi-metallic coin. The words : “ESPANA” and “2017” are inscribed to the top right, with the mintmark of the Royal Spanish Mint appearing to the left of the church. As usual twelve five-pointed stars encircle the design on the aluminium-bronze outer ring of the coin.
The reverse design of the coin is the standard common two Euro coin design shared across the entire Euro zone.
The coin has an expected mintage of four million pieces destined for general circulation, with 10 000 coins minted to a proof finish for numismatic purposes. The 10 000 proof quality coins are encapsulated in a specifically printed blister pack depicting the Church of St Mary at Mount Naranco.
The coins measure 25.75mm(1.01 inch) on diameter with a weight of 8.5 gram(0.3oz). The proof coins are being listed at €24.00(US$25.75) each upon launch by the mint.