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1995 Spain España 5 Peseta coin pendant necklace Spanish jewelry Asturias Cruz de la Victoria Victory Cross Asturian Cross paneras hórreo barn Oviedo Gijón Avilés Reconquista Battle of Covadonga Pelagius Christendom Cangas de Onís Galicia n000761

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note : small coin

Commemorative issue

The principality of Asturias, an autonomous community within kingdom of Spain

1995 Spain 5 Pesetas {1-year issue} 16S

front: Asturian Victoria Cross

The Victory Cross (Asturian and Spanish: Cruz de la Victoria) is an early 10th century Asturian Christian ornamented processional cross, which was, as an inscription says, made in 908 in the Castle of Gauzón (Raices Viejo, Castrillon, Asturias, Spain). It is a crux gemmata or jewelled cross, given by King Alfonso III of Asturias, who reigned from 848 to 910, to Cathedral of San Salvador of Oviedo (Asturias, Spain). According to the legend, the wooden core was carried by King Pelagius of Asturias at the Battle of Covadonga. The old oak wooden cross was covered with gold and precious stones in 908, under King Alfonso III and donated to the dean of the Cathedral of San Salvador (Oviedo), where it still is today. However, there is no historical evidence that Pelayo used exactly this same cross.
The flag of Asturias shows the "Cruz de la Victoria" (Victory Cross)

back: hórreo barn

An hórreo is a typical granary from the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula (mainly  Galicia, Asturias and Northern Portugal), built in wood or stone, raised from the ground by pillars (pegollos in Asturian, esteos in Galician, abearriak in Basque) ending in flat staddle stones (vira-ratos in Galician, mueles or tornarratos in Asturian, or zubiluzea in Basque) to avoid the access of rodents. Ventilation is allowed by the slits in its walls. Similar buildings (barns) on staddle stones are found in Southern England.

• quantity 1
• demonetized (no longer in circulation) polished Aluminium-bronze coin
• diameter: 17.5 mm
• weight: 3 g

• 24” brass ball chain {2.5mm thick, lightweight 5 g}
• no chain or cord
• 2-1/2" brass snake keychain with snap end {see last photo}

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