|The Spanish Starter Kit was issued on December 15 2001, priced at ESP 1999,96 (rounded up to ESP 2.000) and includes 43 coins:
Spain was one of the first countries to join the eurozone. In April 1998 the Spanish Prime Minister unveiled the designs chosen for the national side of the Spanish coins:
The final images of the three designs are the work of the Spanish Royal Mint's engravers: Garcilaso Rollan designed the 1, 2 and 5 cent coins; Begona Castellanos the 10, 20 and 50 cent coins; and Luis Jose Diaz those of 1 and 2 euro.
- the 1 and 2 euro coins bear the effigy of King Juan Carlos I
- the 10, 20 and 50 cent coins have the portrait of Miguel de Cervantes, the father of Spanish literature
- and the 1, 2 and 5 cent coins depict the Obradoiro facade of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, one of the masterpieces of Spanish baroque.