Spain has updated the design of the Spanish national face of the 1 and 2 euro coins to be produced from 2015 in order to illustrate the change in the position of the Head of State. 1 and 2 euro coins from previous years featuring the old Spanish national face will remain valid. The designs on the other denominations remain unchanged.

Date of issue : January 2015

Description of the designs : The design on the Spanish 1 and 2 euro coins feature the effigy of the new Head of State, His Majesty King Felipe VI, in profile to the left. At the left of the effigy, in circular sense and with capital letters, the name of the issuing country and the year of issuance‘ESPAÑA 2015’and at the right the mint mark.

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http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=OJ:JOC_2014_...

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Comment by Gareth Williams on November 19, 2014 at 23:48

Not the best designs I must admit, especially considering the little gems that Belgium and the Netherlands brought out for their new monarchs... And to only change these 2 coins is (I think) very short-sighted of the Spanish authorities... In my humble opinion, the designs on the fractional coins leave a LOT to be desired: coincidentally I've just been rearranging my collection of Spanish pesetas and the designs on some of them were oh so much better than the designs selected for the euro.

Comment by Illioplius on November 19, 2014 at 19:33

A bit disappointing and unoriginal. :(

Comment by Mirko Ivanda on November 19, 2014 at 9:35

I don't know what the policy was when Monaco changed coins, but it's likely the rules were changed to prevent the microstates from issuing too many different coins (like Vatican sede vacante). Now the council regulation says this:

Article 7

1.   Changes to the designs used for the national sides of regular coins may only be made once every 15 years, without prejudice to changes necessary to prevent counterfeiting of the currency.

2.   Without prejudice to paragraph 1, changes to the designs used for the national sides of regular coins may be made where the Head of State referred to on a coin changes. However, a temporary vacancy or the provisional occupation of the function of the Head of State shall not give any additional right to such a change.

I understand that other coins aren't allowed an extra change. Also now all countries are allowed to change design after 15 years – if I recall correctly, previously only monarchies were allowed to update the monarchs' image. This is also interesting choice of date:

Article 8

Issuing Member States shall update their national sides of regular coins in order to fully comply with this Regulation by 20 June 2062

Comment by Pabitra Saha on November 19, 2014 at 8:54
Spain does not appear to follow the convention of new king/queen facing the opposite direction to the preceding king/queen, as is followed by United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium etc.
Comment by Guy Delsaut on November 19, 2014 at 0:12

It could be great to take this opportunity to change all coins (as Monaco did when Albert II succeeds to Rainier III). Spain is not only the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Miguel de Cervantes and the King. Furthermore, Felipe VI's portrait is unfortunately very classical. Juan Carlos' portrait was already more modern. I'm deceived. 

Comment by Michal Cervinka on November 18, 2014 at 21:43

Right :) this makes sense. Sorry, I'm having a slow day...

Comment by ÁngelVG on November 18, 2014 at 21:18

Only the 1€ and 2€ coins will change the design.

Comment by Rožle Kaučič on November 18, 2014 at 21:15

Who would they? The 1 - 5 cents feature the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the 10 - 50 cents feature the writer Miguel de Cervantes. They don't feature the king's effigy.

Comment by Michal Cervinka on November 18, 2014 at 20:29

1c-50c coins will not be minted with the new design?


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