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8th March - International Women's Day - Tribute to María de Maeztu

On the occasion of the celebration of International Women's Day, and paying tribute to the educator and humanist María de Maeztu, the Royal Spanish Mint is issuing a new silver collector's coin dedicated to a woman who championed the struggle for women's education, which would lead to equality and freedom for women.

The obverse depicts the portrait of His Majesty King Felipe VI.

On the reverse of the coin is the image "María de Maeztu, doctor honoris causa by Smith College, 1919", which is kept in the Archives of the Residencia de Señoritas (Fundación José Ortega y Gasset-Gregorio Marañón); on the left is the symbol of the woman, the face value 10 euro and the mint mark. Surrounding these motifs and legends are the legends 8-M International Women's Day and María de Maeztu.


Information about the Coin
Series International Women's Day  
Denomination 8 Reales  
Year 2023  
Colour Yes  
Quality Proof  
Diameter (mm) 40  
Face Value (Euro) 10
Alloy (‰) 925  
Metal Silver  
Weight (g) 27  
Maximum Mintage (units) 7,000  

María de Maeztu (2023) 8 Reales

María de Maeztu y Whitney (Vitoria, 18 July 1881-Mar del Plata, 7 January 1948) was a Spanish educator and humanist. She directed and promoted the Residencia de Señoritas between 1915 and 1936, was a member of the board of directors of the Instituto- Escuela and presided over the Lyceum Club Femenino (1926-1936).

Together with Clara Campoamor, she founded the Federation of University Women, and held numerous posts, always related to education and above all to the integration of all women of all conditions into culture, the arts and sciences.

She has always been a defender of active feminism, advocating that women and men should have the same educational opportunities so that marriage is not the only way out of life, but also the only way for the country to progress.

Her numerous lectures, especially on pedagogy, left some of her best phrases: "The letter enters with blood, but it should not be that of the child but that of the teacher", her way of understanding education being freer and more egalitarian for the pupils.

 She died in exile in Argentina at the age of sixty-six.

She was awarded honorary doctorates by several universities around the world.

In 2008 the Maritime Rescue tugboat BS-13 María de Maeztu was launched in her honour.

In 2016, the Government of Spain recognised, with the María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence distinction, those "public research units, in any scientific area, that demonstrate impact and scientific leadership at an international level and that actively collaborate with their social and business environment".