• 50 Pesetas 1992, KM# 907, Spain, Juan Carlos I, Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics, Sagrada Família
  • 50 Pesetas 1992, KM# 907, Spain, Juan Carlos I, Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics, Sagrada Família
Description

The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event played in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain in 1992. Beginning in 1994, the International Olympic Committee decided to hold the games in alternating even-numbered years; as a result, the 1992 Summer Olympics were the last competition to be staged in the same year as the Winter Olympics. The games were the first to be unaffected by boycotts since 1972.

Obverse

King Juan Carlos I facing left, name of country and date.

Juan Carlos I (born 5 January 1938) reigned as King of Spain from 1975 to 2014, when he abdicated in favour of his son, Felipe VI.

In 1969, Francisco Franco, the Spanish dictator chose Juan Carlos, grandson of King Alfonso XIII, to be the next head of state, bypassing his father Juan de Borbón and expecting him to continue Franco's own authoritarian regime. Juan Carlos became King on 22 November 1975, two days after Franco's death, the first reigning monarch since 1931.

Engraver: Luis Jose Diaz

JUAN CARLOS I
ES
PA
ÑA
1992

Reverse

Depicts Sagrada Família, denomination and mint mark (crowned M).

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) is the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church in the world and is located in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926).

In 1882, construction of Sagrada Família started under architect Francisco Paula de Villar. In 1883, when Villar resigned, Gaudí took over as chief architect, transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted the remainder of his life to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.

Relying solely on private donations, Sagrada Familia's construction progressed slowly and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Since commencing construction in 1882, advancements in technologies such as computer aided design and computerised numerical control (CNC) have enabled faster progress and construction passed the midpoint in 2010. However, some of the project's greatest challenges remain, including the construction of ten more spires, each symbolising an important Biblical figure in the New Testament. It is anticipated that the building could be completed by 2026—the centenary of Gaudí's death.

Engraver: Luis Antonio Garcia

BARCELONA '92
M
50
PTAS

Edge

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

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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