|The Official Blister 2006 contains the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent coins and 1, 2 euros (unc), as well as a silver medal honoring Christopher Columbus.
Christopher Columbus (c. 31 October 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an explorer, colonizer, and navigator, born in the Republic of Genoa, in northwestern Italy. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general European awareness of the American continents in the Western Hemisphere. Those voyages, and his efforts to establish permanent settlements in the island of Hispaniola, initiated the process of Spanish colonization, which foreshadowed the general European colonization of the "New World".
In April 1998 the Spanish Prime Minister unveiled the designs chosen for the national side of the Spanish coins: 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.