Obverse description : Écu à multiples quartiers, sommé d’une couronne coupant la légende.
Obverse translation : (Philippe III, par la grâce de Dieu).
Reverse description : Champ écartelé aux 1 et 4 de Castille, aux 2 et 3 de Léon dans un double octolobe.
Reverse translation : (Roi d’Espagne).
SPANISH AMERICA - KINGDOM OF SPAIN - PHILIP III
Philip III (1578-1621) is the third son of Philip II, from his fourth marriage, that with Ana of Austria. On the death of his father in 1598, he became king of Spain and the Americas, Portugal, the Spanish Netherlands and the Milanese. He continued his father's fight against France, but with the Edict of Nantes, the end of the religious wars and the personality of Henri IV, this policy failed. He then began an economic war in order to asphyxiate France by imposing 30% duty on goods coming or going to France in 1603. Henri IV replied by imposing the same taxes on goods to or from Spain. After the death of Henri IV, Philippe married his daughter Anne of Austria (1601-1666) to the young Louis XIII in 1615, while the latter's sister, Elisabeth, married the future Philippe IV. Philip III died in 1621.