The coin for the Holy Year of St. James 2010 starts on its route

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The famous Botafumeiro is the theme of the latest commemorative coin of Spain.

March 30, 2010 – To mark the celebration of the Holy Year of St. James 2010, the second Compostela Jubilee Year to occur this century, the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre-Royal Spanish Mint has prepared a new collector coin issue.

This consists of a single coin minted in silver and in proof quality with a face value of 10 Euro (10.000 pieces). The coin will be on sale to the public as from March 29th.

The Botafumeiro

The foreground depicts the Botafumeiro (the huge thurible suspended from chains) in the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Behind this a meandering line simulating a route leads from the bottom edge to the upper right-hand side, to end in a simplified representation of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. From this point on the coin, following the downward curve of the rim and in upper case letters can be read the words XACOBEO 2010. To the left of the central motif the symbol “10” from the official theme for this celebration and which also represents the face value of the coin, featured together with the word EURO as two lines in uppercase letters. Occupying the lower left part of the coin is the mintmark.

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