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€55.00   (Taxes not incl.)

EUROPA STAR is a unique programme that brings together several European monetary institutes around a common theme.This year continues with the Baroque and Rococo period as we go back through the ages of Europe.


Three motifs are reproduced on the reverse side, framed in oval motifs. The upper oval reproduces a view of the main façade of Salamanca's Plaza Mayor; the right oval contains an image of the famous writer Lope de Vega; the lower left oval reproduces the portrait of the infanta Margarita, a detail of the painting of Velázquez's Meninas. In the lower part of the coin, horizontally, in two lines and in capital letters, the value of part 10 EURO and, to the left, the Mint mark.


The common side of the coin features an effigy of His Majesty King Philip VI , in the centre of the coin and inside a circle. To the left, in circular and capital letters, the legend FELIPE VI REY DE ESPAÑA; to the right, the year of issuance "2018". In the upper part of the coin, in circular and capital letters, BARROCO Y ROCOCÓ.

At the bottom of the coin appears the common logo adopted by the countries issuing coins dedicated to the Europe Programme.

Information about the Coin
Series Europa Program  
Denomination 8 Reales  
Face Value 10  €
Year 2018  
Colour Yes  
Quality Proof  
Diameter (mm) 40  
Alloy (‰) 925  
Metal Silver  
Weight (g) 27  
Maximum Mintage (units) 7,500  

The Baroque

The Baroque is a highly ornate and often extravagant style of architecture, art and music that flourished in Europe from the early 17th until the late 18th century. The baroque style used contrast, movement, exuberant detail, grandeur and surprise to achieve a sense of awe. The style began in the first third of the 17th century in Rome, then spread rapidly to France, northern Italy, Spain and Portugal, then to Austria and southern Germany. By the 1730s, it had evolved into an even more flamboyant variant, called rocaille or Rococo, which appeared in France and central Europe until the late 18th century.

Some of the most and ornamental and lavishly decorated architecture of the period was designed by the brothers Churriguera, who worked primarily in Salamanca and Madrid. The Church of San Esteban in Salamanca (1693) is one of the most ornate baroque churches anywhere. Their other works include the buildings on the city's main square, the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca (1729).The Baroque had a Catholic and conservative character in Spain, following an Italian literary models during the Renaissance.[41] The Hispanic Baroque theatre aimed for a public content with an ideal reality that manifested fundamental three sentiments: Catholic religion, monarchist and national pride and honour originating from the chivalric, knightly world.

Two periods are known in the Baroque Spanish theatre, with the division occurring in 1630.

The first period is represented chiefly by Lope de Vega, but also by Tirso de Molina,

The second period is represented by Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Tirso de Molina, Lope de Vega, and Calderón were the most important play writers in Golden Era Spain. Roccoco

Rococo or "Late Baroque", was an exuberantly decorative 18th century European style which was the final expression of the baroque movement.[1] It pushed to the extreme the principles of illusion and theatricality, an effect achieved by dense ornament, asymmetry, fluid curves, and the use of white and pastel colors combined with gilding, drawing the eye in all directions.

The ornament dominated the architectural space.

The Rococo style of architecture and decoration began in France in the first part of the 18th century in the reign of Louis XV as a reaction against the more formal and geometric Style Louis XIV.