BATTLE OF LEPANTO (2021) 10 EURO SILVER COINID92917006
€55.00 (Taxes not incl.)
2021 marks the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto,. To commemorate this event the FNMT is issuing two silver coins, one 8 Reales and one Cincuentin.
The Battle of Lepanto was the last and largest naval battle fought by rowing galleys, which took place on 7 October 1571 in the Gulf of Patras, on the west coast of Greece, and takes its name from the port of Lepanto.
The obverse of the coin depicts a portrait of His Majesty King Philip VI on the left.
The reverse, in the centre of the coin, shows the image of the model of the Galera Real, the flagship of Don Juan de Austria in the Battle of Lepanto, which is in the "Museu Marítim", Barcelona.
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Information about the Coin
|Face Value (Euro)||10|
|Maximum Mintage (units)||6,000|
450TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF LEPANTO
The Battle of Lepanto was the last and largest naval battle fought by oared galleys, which took place on 7 October 1571 in the Gulf of Patras on the west coast of Greece, named after the port of Lepanto.
Ottoman ships had been pushing pressing for control of the western Mediterranean for years. The Italian and Spanish coasts were increasingly threatened and Malta was almost taken in 1565.The Spanish Empire, the Papal States, the Republic of Venice, the Order of Malta, the Republic of Genoa and the Duchy of Savoy formed an alliance to confront the Ottoman Empire's navy and stop its advance, the so-called Holy League.
The main supporters of the Holy League were King Philip II and Pope Pius V. The Holy League fleet was led by D. John of Austria while on the Ottoman side its leader was Commander Ali.
Real was built in Barcelona at the Royal Shipyard in 1568 and was the largest galley of its time.
The galley was 60 metres (200 ft) long and 6.2 metres (20 ft) wide, had two masts, and weighed 237 tons empty. It was equipped with three heavy and six light artillery pieces, was propelled by a total of 290 rowers and, in addition, carried some 400 sailors and soldiers at Lepanto.