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To commemorate the 5th Centenary of the Round the World Race, the Royal Spanish Mint is issuing a silver coin of 8 Reales, the fourth and last of the four issues of this same metric that will be issued between 2019 and 2022, one each year to commemorate this event.

The obverse shows the image of Juan Sebastián de Elcano, taken from the portrait in the Naval Museum in Madrid. Above this image is a compass rose. On the right, detail of the coat of arms of Juan Sebastián de Elcano. At the top of the coin, the legend ESPAÑA 2022. On the lower part of the coin, the legend "Primus Circundedisti me" awarded to him by Emperor Charles V as a reward for his feat, with lines in the form of a grid of winds in the background.

The reverse shows an image commemorating the arrival in Spain of the Nao Victoria in September 1522, under the command of Juan Sebastián de Elcano and the last 17 survivors of the expedition, who completed the first round-the-world voyage. At the top left the legend 10 euro and at the right the crowned M (mintmark). At the bottom of the coin, the legend V CENTENARIO DE LA VUELTA AL MUNDO.

Information about the Coin
Series 1st Round-the-world Voyage  
Denomination 8 Reales  
Year 2022  
Colour Yes  
Quality Proof  
Diameter (mm) 40  
Face Value (Euro) 10
Alloy (‰) 925  
Metal Silver  
Weight (g) 27  
Maximum Mintage (units) 6,000  

500th Anniversary of the First Circumnavigation of the World - Elcano (1519-2019)

Magellan-Elcano Expedition.

The Magellan-Elcano expedition was a 16th century maritime expedition financed by the Spanish Crown and captained by Ferdinand Magellan. This expedition, led by Juan Sebastián de Elcano on his return, completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth in history.

The purpose of the expedition was to open a trade route to the Spice Islands from the west, seeking a passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It consisted of five ships that set sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda on 20 September 1519. After months of exploring the American coastline south of Brazil, the squadron managed to cross the Strait of Magellan on 21 November 1520. On its voyage across the Pacific it reached the Philippine Islands, where Ferdinand Magellan was killed in the Battle of Mactan on 27 April 1521. The expedition continued sailing to the Moluccas Islands, the goal of their voyage, where they chose Juan Sebastián de Elcano to captain the return voyage. Sailing westwards across the Indian Ocean and rounding Africa, on 6 September 1522 the Victoria, the only ship remaining on the expedition, returned to Sanlúcar de Barrameda with its cargo of spices, becoming the first vessel in history to sail around the world.

The expedition was financed mainly by King Charles I of Spain and V of the Holy Roman Empire, in the hope of discovering a profitable route west to the Moluccas, as the eastern route was controlled by Portugal under the Treaty of Tordesillas. Although the expedition found a route, it was much longer and more arduous than expected and therefore not commercially useful. Nevertheless, the first circumnavigation has been regarded as a major achievement in navigation and had a significant impact on the European understanding of the world.