Obverse. Photo © Numismática González
  • 2 Euro 2024, Spain, Felipe VI, UNESCO World Heritage, Alcázar of Seville
  • 2 Euro 2024, Spain, Felipe VI, UNESCO World Heritage, Alcázar of Seville
Description

The Royal Alcázar of Seville is a historic royal palace, originally an Islamic citadel dating back to the 10th century. After the city's conquest by Castile in 1248, it underwent significant reconstruction, including the addition of lavish Mudéjar-style architecture commissioned by Pedro I in the 1360s. This architectural masterpiece blends Mudéjar, Gothic, and Renaissance influences. Today, portions of the Alcázar are still utilized by the royal family during visits to Seville and are overseen by the Patrimonio Nacional. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, it shares this distinction with the nearby Seville Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.

Obverse

Depicts the interior view of the Patio de las Doncellas in the Royal Alcázar. The inscription above, mintmark (crowned M) below, the country name and the date on the bottom. The outer ring contains the twelve stars of the European Union.

The "Patio de las Doncellas," translating to "The Courtyard of the Maidens," derives its name from a legendary tale suggesting Muslim rulers demanded an annual tribute of 100 virgins from Christian kingdoms in Iberia. Constructed as part of Pedro I's Mudéjar palace in the 1360s, the courtyard's lower level retains its original architecture, featuring Arabic inscriptions referring to Pedro I as "Sultan Don Bidru." Charles V later added an upper story in the Italian Renaissance style, adorned with both Renaissance and Mudéjar plasterwork. The courtyard boasts a rectangular reflecting pool flanked by promenades, embellished with red brick pavement and green ceramic borders. Flowerbeds line the pool, adorned with a frieze of interlaced semi-circular arches. A 21st-century reconstruction restored the courtyard's original appearance, revealing its hidden Mudejar garden after excavations conducted between 2002 and 2005.

SEVILLA
M
ESPAÑA 2024

Reverse

A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”

2 EURO
LL

Edge

The sequence "2 ★ ★" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted

2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Spanish Mint (FNMT-RCM)

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