Previously we have dedicated a post to talk about the coins of a particular country: Poland, Malta, Finland, Germany or Singapore. This week we are going to dedicate it to the Euro coins of Portugal. The post is not about commemorative 2 Euro coins but to other coins not as well know: the 2.5, 5 and 7.5 Euros coins that Portugal mints each year.
The apparitions of Fatima were an event of enormous socio-cultural relevance throughout the Catholic world and of course, the centenary of that event has been commemorated.
On the obverse of the coin we find a representation of the Virgin of Fatima wearing a robe, crowned and holding a rosary in her hands. In addition, the virgin is shown on the top of an oak, as in the story where she appears in front of children. This design is the work of the sculptor Clara Meneres and it is inspired by the creation of José Thandim. Around the Virgin we can read: “1917 APARIÇÖES DE Nª. Sª. DE FÁTIMA 2017”
On the other side of the coin appears the Portuguese coat of arms surrounded by a garland of leaves. About it there is the denomination of the issuing country: "Portugal". Finally, in the lower part, the face value of coin 2.5 is presented together with the mint mark "INCM".
This coin can be acquired in three different alloys. One is minted in cupro-nickel and it’s face value isn’t increased. The two others have a grade of proof, one is made of silver 925 thousandths and the other is made of gold of 999 thousandths.
In addition, it should be said that this coin has a solidarity component, since part of the income obtained from its sale is destined to the Juan Pablo II Support Center for the Handicapped, located in the town of Fátima.
This new coin of 2.50 euros, minted last October, belongs to the Portuguese Series about Ethnography. The coins is dedicated to the "Caretos de Trás-os-Montes". It is a traditional festival in which the people dress using traditional masks to represent the pagan and rebellious spirit of the carnivals of the northeast of the country.
On the heads of the coin there are several people wearing these peculiar masks and costumes typical of these carnivals, along with the texts: "Caretos de Trás-os-Montes", "INCM" (mint mark) and "Baiba Sime" (author of the design).
In the center of the tails appears the coat of arms of Portugal along with the face value of the coin (2.5 Euros), the country and year of issue. The references to the commemoration appear in the lower part of the coin, in which several people are dressing using the typical costume and mask of this festivity.
As other Portuguese coins, the coins have been minted in different finishes and materials:
This new 5 Euro coin is the latest in the series called "Queens of Europe"; whose objective is to remember Princesses of Portugal who reigned in Europe. This last coin is dedicated to Queen D. Maria Bárbara de Bragança who was queen consort of Spain, wife of Fernando VI.
The "princess exchange" is represented on the coin, a ceremony that took place in the middle of the Caya river between the cities of Elvas and Badajoz. In this ceremony a double wedding was celebrated between the sons of João V of Portugal - Maria Bárbara, and José, with the sons of Felipe V of Spain - Fernando VI and Mariana Victoria. The design is the work of the sculptor Rui Vasquez. On the tails, the figure of Barbara de Bragança appears. To her left appears the face value of the coin, 5 Euros, and the legend: "D. Maria Bárbara de Bragança 1711-1758 "
Same as the rest of the Portuguese commemorative coins, it can be acquired in three different alloys.
This coin of 5 Euros, belongs to a new series created as a result of an unpublished project by the municipality of Setubal. The project’s aims is to stimulate the artistic and numismatic skills among young people and the school community.
The coin has the title "The future" and has been the result of the "Design the coin" contest took place in Setubal, and more than 800 students of 2nd and 3rd grade participated. The young student Martim Estanislao won the contest, we have to thanks him the design of this new coin.
On the tail of the coin appears two people fighting along with the inscription: "isso é o passado", "cheio de guerra e de mortes" representing a past of struggle and death.
The head of the coin appears two new people, in this case with a positive attitude, along with the legends: "isso é o futuro", "com paz, liberdade e igualdade de todos", representing a future without wars, in peace, with freedom and equality for all. There is also the Portuguese coat of arms and the mint mark.
The proof version in 925 thousandths silver has also the figures of the children on both sides of the coin.
This new Portuguese coin of 5 euro belongs to the series of European coins "Ages of Europe", and this year the theme is related to "Age of Iron and Glass".
The Portuguese coin, designed by the artist Eduardo Aires, is inspired by the look of entrance in the old Crystal Palace in Porto. This entrance is a composition of granite, iron and glass, inaugurated in 1865 and demolished in 1951.
It should be noted that it is the first Portuguese coin that combines two different materials. The coin is made of a combination of metal and acrylic. These two materials are used in the central window of the coin. This technique recalls the use of metal and glass in nineteenth-century architecture, but also these are the same materials used to shape this new coin.
This is a somewhat special coin, since it is the coin which Portugal participates in the 11th Ibero-American Series. This series is formed by 14 countries that agreed to mint a common coin. This fact can be considered a historical, cultural, economic and political milestone.
Portugal has decided to homage the coin of this series to one of the places in the world with the highest index of fitodiversity, the island of Madeira. One of the main attractions of Madeira is its exuberant and varied vegetation, which combines tropical and Mediterranean characteristics, resulting in a colorful mosaic with shapes and sizes.
The design of the coin was made by the illustrator João Fazenda. It shows one of the native plants of the island: the Madeira geranium. The design of the heads is completed with the legends "Maravillas de la Naturaleza" and "Madeira 2017", and also the name of the illustrator and the Portuguese mint mark.
In the center of the tails appears the coat of arms of Portugal surrounded by the name of the country and the face value. The outer circumference has the national shields of the countries that emit coins under the denomination "XI Ibero-American series". The countries are arranged alphabetically: Argentina, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Portugal.
This coin can be acquired in two different version, both minted in silver but different quality. It should be noted that the 925 silver version, in addition to having a proof grade, has coloration on the petals of the flowers that appear on its front.
This coin, of 7.5 Euros, is the first of a new Series. Portugal begins this Series with the intention to homage the great names of contemporary Portuguese architecture. This first coin is dedicated to the architect Álvaro Siza and, in addition, it has been designed by another renowned international architect, Eduardo Souto Moura.
The design of the coin shows the Church of Santa María in Marco de Canaveses, built between 1994 and 1997. Was designed by the architect Álvaro Siza Vieira and considered a paradigm of contemporary architecture.
On the heads appears the portico to the church along with the legend "Architect Alvaro Sieza", and a small shield of Portugal. On the tails, the back of the same building is represented next to the inscription: "Portuguese Republic - 2017 - 7.5 Euros"
Same as the other coins dedicated to the fitodiversidad of Madeira, this coin can be acquired in two different varieties:
Portugal dedicated this Series to the Idols of the Portuguese sport, as an example of effort, will and talent. A reference of inspiration for several generations of Portuguese. This 2017, the INCM has decided to dedicate one of the 7.5 Euros coins to the sportsman Carlos Lopes.
The heads of the coin has the figure of Carlos Lopes runnin. Carlos was a reference in long distance athletics, getting the silver medal in the 10 thousand meters at the Olympic Games in Montreal, in 1976. In 1984 he was also in the news, he got the gold medal in the marathon in the Olympic Games of Los Angeles in 1984, also beating the Olympic record of speed. On left side of the coin we can see the legends: "Carlos Lopes - Portugal 2017".
On the tails appears his legs while he is running. Under the legs is the coat of arms of Portugal and the face value of the coin "7.5 Euros". The mint mark "ICNM" and the name of the designer "André Carrilho" are at the top.
As usual, the 7.5 Euro coins has different versions, the most affordable version for collectors is minted in 500 thousandths silver instead of the copper nickel used for 2.5 and 5 Euro coins. In addition to that version there are two proof finishes, one in 925 thousandths silver and the other in 999 thousandths gold.
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