Spain to release a €40 commemorative coin this Autumn

Image of Ferdinand Magellan. Credit: Wikipedia - By Unknown author - <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="">The Mariner's Museum Collection</a>, Public Domain, Link

A €40 coin will be released in Spain this Autumn to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s historic voyage around the world.


A commemorative €40 coin will be released in Spain this Autumn to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan’s historic voyage around the world.

Magellan set sail from Spain on August 10, 1519, with 237 men in five ships. their quest was to discover a new route to the spice-rich Moluccas Islands of Indonesia. After Magellan was killed during the Battle of Mactan, in what is the present-day Philippines, Juan Sebastian Elcano took over the expedition. He returned to Sevilla in September 1522.

As explained by Visual Numismatics, over the last four years, different events relating to the trip have been celebrated in Spain, leading up to this year’s big date.

This special coin will be circulated by the National Currency and Stamp Factory (FNMT). In the coin’s upper part, in a circular shape and in capital letters, will be the legend ‘V CENTENARIO VUELTA AL MUNDO’.

Below this will appear the value of the piece, €40, the FNMT branding, and, within a circle, a boat, a five-pointed star, and the number 22. The obverse includes the superimposed profiles of the King and Queen of Spain, their Majesties Don Felipe VI and Doña Letizia. In the upper part of the coin, in a circular direction and in capital letters, the inscription ‘FELIPE VI Y LETIZIA’ is included. 

In the lower part of the coin, in capital letters, will be the legend ‘ESPAÑA’ together with the year of minting ‘2022’. Separating these two will be a fleur-de-lis, the symbol of the Bourbons. It will surround the motifs and legends as a glyph of pearls, all created by the National Currency and Stamp Factory.

The coin will be issued between October and November and can be purchased at the Bank of Spain. It will be made of silver with a purity of 925 and with a diameter of 33mm, weighing 18 grams.

Collecting coins is a trend that is on the rise and although numismatics is for many an innate passion or need, the sale of coins is for others a simple investment. Real fortunes can be paid to obtain pieces with a value, with some reaching in excess of €1,000, or in some cases, even €1 million.

Being in possession of an exclusive coin that has a low circulation can provide its owner with a significant amount of money. It could be a good idea to be vigilant in case the new commemorative coin that will be launched in Spain crosses our path.

After the entry into force of the euro, all the member countries of the European Union were free to make those coins that they wanted to be legal tender to honour anniversaries or relevant events, as reported by


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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


    • Arthur West

      24 September 2022 • 21:22

      Silver spot price is only €19 per oz. This coin is just over half an ounce, and is the inferior ,925 purity rather than the preferred .999. Thus this coin is worth around €10. At a face value of €40, it makes no sense to collect these.

      • Guest Writer

        25 September 2022 • 14:22

        Take it a step further, even thought he face value is é40, the retail price is going to be even greater so it’s an even worse bargain. The only chance of [profiting is to purchase bullion coinsat a few percent over spot and hope that the spot metal price rises and you can sell the coins for scrap!


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