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Media Forum - Spanish Coins for 2009
April 29, 2009



Royal Spanish Mint - 2009 Coins

The Royal Spanish Mint had a great 2008 with a stunning design for the European Football Championships gold and silver proof issues, a continuing series of gold and silver proofs for Great Spanish Painters and some very interesting coins in silver and gold honoring Ancient coinage.

In 2009 Jose Miguel Fernandez de Liencres, General Mangaer of the Sales Department, told the Media Forum to expect both gold and silver proof Phillip II coins from the Europa series in 200 and 10 Euro denominations. At the Mints website theses two coins are equated in the following way; the 10 Euro is considered an 8 Reales, while the 200 Euro is designated a 4 Escudos. The coins are denominated in Euros, but listed in this traditional Spanish way and I like that approach, especially since the Europa Numismatic efforts and particularly this Spainsh European Heritage series in it's sixth year of issues, is designed in honor of the past.

Spain will commemorate the 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer tournement in South Africa with a silver 10 Euro and a gold 100 Euro in 2009. This will be the first time the FIFA competition will be held on the African continent in it's 19 years of existance and the fifth time the Royal Spanish Mint will be producing coins for the event.

Later this year a very modern design for the 10th Anniversary of the Euro coinage system in a 12 Euro denomination will be produced, plus more coins in the Numismatic Treasures and Spanish Painters series. The second series Spanish Painters coin will commemorate Salvador Dali and the Numismatic Treasures second series will continue honoring past Spanish coin design heritage.



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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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