Kingdom of Spain, Juan Carlos I, 1 Euro 2001

The Spanish euro coins feature three different designs for each of the three series of coins. The obverse of the 1 and 2-euro coins depicts the portrait of the Spanish King Juan Carlos I (1975-2014). Juan Carlos Alfonso Victor María de Borbón y Borbón - Dos Sicilias is King of Spain since 22nd November 1975. He helped ending Franco's dictatorship and introducing democracy to Spain. The monarch's image on this euro reflects his democratic modesty, as most present-day European royal dynasties do. Juan Carlos appears without a beard, with carefully combed hair and wearing a suit and tie. Thus the king is in the uniform of the established business and financial world – from his appearance he might even be a banker.