Spanish Euro Coin

JUNE 2012 – A battered Spanish 1-Euro coin shows the portrait of King Juan Carlos I de Borbón y Borbón – seemingly in tears. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

I took a number of macro photos of coins in my pocket, just for fun. One of the coins, a 1-Euro coin originally minted in Spain, showed the portrait of King Juan Carlos I. Now, this is hardly worth a note. However, when I inspected the coin closer for getting the focus right, I was irritated by a tear that was leading from the eye of the King across his cheek. That was the time after the first Euro crisis, and I thought this is a fantastic image. I looked up the actual images of new coins and sure enough – this tear is not part of the original mint.

Of course, this is just a damaged coin and you can see it from the other scratches on the coin, so there’s no deeper meaning behind it. Still, I like this image a lot. It’s a weird coincidence – taking a close-up shot of a randomly selected coin, getting a Spanish coin, and this coin showing a King in tears. Isn’t it?

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time26-JUN-2012, 16:40
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark IV
LensCanon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Exposure1/100 sec at f/2.8
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4684 x 3264 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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