Gold Ounce 2021 Iberian Lynx, Coin from Spain - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 Iberian Lynx, Coin from Spain
CoinGold Ounce 2021 Iberian Lynx

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint of Spain issues - apart from the regular circulation coinage it strikes - a variety of commemorative coins for collectors. Since 2021, it also issues bullion coins - sold at prices close to the intrinsic value of the precious metal they are made from. The first of these was in the internationally popular one troy ounce (1oz) of gold format. The coin is denominated as 1.5 € (one and a half Euro) - just a token face value showing the legal tender status of the coin, which is worth considerably more.

This coin is the first modern bullion coin issued by Spain, and features the Iberian lynx (some sources refer to the series as a modern "doubloon").

The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) is a rare wild cat species native to Spain and Portugal. Due to many external threats such as ongoing road expansion and habitat reduction, the lynx is an endangered species and is on the IUCN Red List. The Iberian lynx look very similar to the Eurasian lynx, but are much smaller in comparison and have a more heavily spotted fur. However, just like their northern relatives, they are most easily recognised by the brush hairs on their ears and the distinctive whiskers.

MintRoyal Mint of Spain Mint MarkCrowned M Total Mintage12,000
Spain / Gold Ounce 2021 Iberian Lynx - obverse photo

The obverse design of the coin re-creates the obverse of the famous Spanish dollar (also known as the "piece of eight"), which was widely used as the first international currency from the 16th to 19th centuries. It displays two hemispheres of a world map, crowned between the Pillars of Hercules; the two pillars are also crowned.

On ribbons wrapping the columns, the PLUS VLTRA motto. "Plus ultra" (spelled with V for the second U, as in old Latin) is a Latin phrase and the national motto of Spain. A reversal of the original phrase "non plus ultra" ("Nothing further beyond"), said to have been inscribed as a warning on the Pillars of Hercules at the Strait of Gibraltar (which marked the edge of the known world in antiquity), it has metaphorical suggestions of taking risks and striving for excellence. Its original version, the personal motto of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, also Duke of Burgundy and King of Spain (as Carlos I), was "Plus oultre" in French. The motto was adopted some decades after the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus.

Around above, the legend of the ruling monarch: FELIPE VI REY DE ESPAÑA (Felipe the Sixth, King of Spain).

Around below, the precious metal content of the coin: 1 ONZA 999,9 ORO (one troy ounce of 99.99% gold).

Obverse Inscription FELIPE VI REY DE ESPAÑA 1 ONZA 999,9 ORO
Spain / Gold Ounce 2021 Iberian Lynx - reverse photo

The reverse design of the coin features the head of an Iberian lynx.

Above, on two lines the face value 1,5 EURO (one and a half Euro). Around below, LINCE IBÉRICO (Iberian lynx).

On the left, the crowned M mint mark of the Royal Mint of Spain, below which the date of issue 2021.

Reverse Inscription 1,5 EURO LINCE IBÉRICO 2021
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: reverse proof.
Packaging: in coin capsule.

See also

Modern Spanish bullion coins (the so-called Doubloon series):
- 1 oz Gold, Iberian Lynx, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Bull, 2022
- 1/10 oz Gold, Iberian Lynx, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Carthusian Horse, 2023
- 1/10 oz Gold, Bull, 2023

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Gold Ounce 2021 Iberian Lynx: Details
CurrencyEuro, Spain
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
MonarchKing Felipe VI
SymbolPillars of Hercules
Face Value1.5 (x Euro, Spain)
Total Mintage12,000
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size37.0000 mm
Mass31.1040 g
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