I have 25 PTAS 1957 but were is the star. also have 5 PTAS 1957 and 50 ptas 1968 are they any good
They stopped the 'authorisation' year in 1982.
They had, as I recall, 1957, 1966, 1975 and 1980 before that, with dates in stars. 1975 was when King Juan Carlos I ascended to the re-instated throne, theose prior were for that naughty Mr Franco, who dictated from 1936 until 1975. Interestingly, though (and I don't know why), he groomed the young Juan Carlos to become King after his death. Maybe a European could answer this?
Franco was a monarchist in the sense of being against the republic, but after the civil war he continued to be head of state - as a "regent" of the Kingdom of Spain. (Hence the "Caudillo de España por la Gracia de Dios" title which can also be found on the coins.) His idea was that, after his death, a king would become head of state. However, it seems that Franco considered the "rightful heir to the throne" - Juan de Borbón, Count of Barcelona - to be too liberal to continue the authoritarian regime. That is why (in 1970 or so) he decided that Juan Carlos would be king and his successor.
Unfortunately from a Franquist point of view, Juan Carlos turned out be a supporter of democracy. What certainly made him quite popular was his position during the (failed) military coup in 1981. Obviously the post-Franco head of state had different ideas.
Ah! I see ... very interesting! Thanks for that info. I know for sure I didn't know that Franco was a monarchist! Probably a bit like our very own Oliver Cromwell, who in the end ended up putting his own portrait on the latter Civil War coinage rather than the conjoined shields ...