• 50 Pesetas 1990, KM# 853, Spain, Seville Expo 1992, Monastery of Santa María de las Cuevas
  • 50 Pesetas 1990, KM# 853, Spain, Seville Expo 1992, Monastery of Santa María de las Cuevas
Description

The Universal Exposition of Seville (Expo '92) took place from Monday, April 20 to Monday, October 12, 1992 on La Isla de La Cartuja (Cartuja Island), Seville, Spain. The theme for the Expo was "The Age of Discovery" and over 100 countries were represented.

Engraver: Alfonso Morales

Obverse

Depicts the Monastery of Santa María de las Cuevas.

The Monastery of Santa María de las Cuevas, also known as the Monastery of the Cartuja (Charterhouse), is a religious building on the Isla de La Cartuja in Seville, southern Spain. Legend holds that the area, in Moorish times, was honeycombed with caves made by potters for ovens and to obtain clay, and that after the capture of the city by Christians in the thirteenth century, an image of the virgin was revealed inside one of the caves, where supposedly it had been hidden. It prompted the construction of a chapel of Santa María de las Cuevas to house the venerated icon. In the 15th century, the archbishop of Seville, aided by the noble family of Medina, helped found a Franciscan monastery at the site. Later constructions were patronized by don Perafán de Ribera. In the 15th century, monks of the cloistered order of Saint Bruno were housed in the monastery.

ESPAÑA
SEVILLA

Reverse

Depicts value, year and the biosphere from Seville Expo 92, acted as a symbol for the event, but also served a practical purpose, spraying visitors with cooling mist in the height of summer.

M EXPO 92
50
PESETAS
1990

Edge

A smooth edge separated into equal sections by seven indents (Spanish flower)

50 Pesetas

Seville Expo 1992
Monastery of Santa María de las Cuevas

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KM# 853 Schön# 97
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 5.6 g
Diameter 20.5 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
Royal Spanish Mint (FNMT-RCM)

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