Last week I was in Spain. I got to visit friends who are now living there and had a more local, small town visit than when I was last in Barcelona. Upon my return I felt that Spain should be the next country I highlight in this series.
“Spain joined the European Union in 1986 and was one of the first countries to adopt the euro on 1 January 1999”. European Commission
The last Spanish banknote series was issued in 1992, and consisted of four notes; however banknotes from the previous 1982-87 series remained legal tender until the introduction of the euro. Sadly we don’t have many notes from this 1992 series on our website, and the ones we do are in between aUNC-VG condition. However we do have some lovely notes from the 1982-87 series available in UNC (and, as always, if you are interested in something we don’t have we can try to find it for you).
When I looked through my fathers website I saw this 500 pesetas note available. I found a pretty poor, maybe VG, version of this note crumbled up at a car boot sale here in England. The guy looked at me like a fool when I offered him 50 pence for the note, which he happily agreed to. Even though it’s in rough condition I love this note, I think its a beautiful blue image of Rosalia de Castro, a Spanish writer. (please note the banknotes available online are in UNC condition, and 50 pence was an extremely good bargain as these notes are worth so much more!)
As much as I loved that note I hadn’t noticed before that all the other notes in this series also depicts writers, such as the 1000 Pesetas, which bears the image of novelist Benito Perez Galdos. The 200 pesetas banknote features Leopoldo Garcia-Alas, Spanish novelist and the dos mil pesetas depicts Juan Ramón Jiménez a Spanish poet. All four banknotes dedicated to four great writers.
I don’t know if it is just me, but I think about the above information and wonder how Spanish citizens felt. Think about the people who carefully thought about the designs of the banknotes. The choices to honor those particular writers. Imagine how it would feel to no longer be able to legally use that currency after a certain time. Again, as I’ve said this is just my opinion, but I would be disappointed to lose my pesetas and adopt the euro.
However, despite my personal thoughts, the transition for Spain to the euro was deemed a success. One benefit to the euro, I didn’t have to worry about currency exchange for my trip because I could use my leftover euros from Malta! 🙂 Spain and the euro, what are your thoughts?