Spanish Mint Issues Independence Set
By Royal Spanish Mint
The year 2008 will
mark the Bicentenary of the War of Independence
that brought Spain into combat with the forces
of the First French Empire and triggered the
uprising of May 2, 1808.
The Royal Spanish Mint has chosen to join in the
celebration of this event of importance for
Spain, which marked the beginning of a new
historical cycle and produced a change in the
previous political systems.
The five coins come blister-packed so as to
wholly preserve the engraving and luster, and
are presented in a deluxe jewel case together
with the respective certificate of authenticity
issued by the Royal Spanish Mint.
The coins may be acquired as single items, as a
silver set comprising the Cincuentin and the
three 8-real coins, or as the full set
consisting of all five coins.
The obverse features a reproduction of the oil
painting “General José de Palafox on horseback”
by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes.
The reverse shows an adaptation of the engraving
entitled “How brave!”, one of the most dramatic
plates from Goya’s “Disasters of War” series,
housed in the National Chalcography.
The obverse reproduces the oil painting entitled
“May 3, 1808 in Madrid: the executions by firing
squad on the mountain called Príncipe Pío “,
painted by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes.
The reverse depicts an adaptation from Goya’s
oil painting “May 2, 1808 in Madrid: the battle
with the Mamelukes”, housed in the Prado Museum.
8-Reales Silver - Battle of Bailén
The obverse of the first coin of 8 reales
reproduces the main theme of the oil painting
“The Surrender of Bailén” by José Casado del
The reverse is a rendering of the work by José
María Galván “General Castaños, Duke of Bailén”,
who was granted the designation of duke for
overcoming the French army in the well-known
“Battle of Bailén” on July 19, 1808.
8-Reales Silver - Death of Daoiz and the Parque
The obverse of this second coin features an
interpretation of the painting “Death of Daoiz
and the defense of the Parque Monteleón”, by
The reverse portrays an adaptation of the oil
painting “Manuela Malasaña”, by José Luis de
Villar y Rodríguez de Castro. Deemed a heroine
and famed for her youth and her fight for
liberty, Manuela Malasaña was a victim of the
events of May 2, 1808.
8-Reales Silver - Edict of the Mayors of
The obverse of this third coin reproduces the
illustration “Edict of the Mayors of Móstoles”.
The reverse has been struck with an
interpretation of the monument to the Drummer of
Bruc, the work of Frederic Marès, that can be
seen in the El Bruc district (Barcelona). The
statue of the drummer commemorates the battles
won in that same place during the War of
Complete Set - Price: 1.255,12 Euros (*)
Silver Set - Price: 327,12 Euros
8-escudos gold - Price: 928 Euros (*)
Silver Cincuentín - Price: 174 Euros (*)
8-reales silver - Price: 51,04 Euros (*)