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1 euro PORTUGAL (2002-2007)

1 euro 2002-2007 - Portuguese coins
1 euro 2002-2007 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
23.25 mm 7.5 g 2.33 mm Cu75Zn20Ni5/Cu75Ni25
obverse:
in the centre a royal seal of Alfonso I of Portugal from 1144; along the top inner ring inscription: PORTUGAL divided by symbols of seven castles from Portuguese Coat of Arms; along the bottom inner ring a year of issue divided by five shields from Portuguese Coat of Arms; at the edge a ring of twelve five-pointed stars - symbol of the European Union
reverse:
left from the centre face value: 1, on the right inscription: EURO; in the background of the inscription a simplified map of Europe showing borders of countries - members of the EU in 1999; in the background of the map vertically six parallel lines ending on both sides with five-pointed stars (the reverse is common for all euro coins)
edge:
three plain and three reeded sections
issue date:
1 I 2002
withdrawal date:
circulating
designer:
Vítor Manuel Fernandes dos Santos (initials VS above the most left shield on the obverse), Luc Luycx (initials LL below letter 'O' in EURO on the reverse)
mint:
Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda (National Press - The Mint), Lisbon (mint mark INCM above the most right shield on the obverse)
mintage:
2002 100 228 135 + 55 000 in boxed sets
2003 16 206 875 + 70 000 in boxed sets
2004 20 000 000 + 70 000 in boxed sets
2005 20 000 000 + 60 000 in boxed sets
2006 20 000 000 + 26 000 in boxed sets
2007 4 935 400 + 21 500 in boxed sets
2008 107 000 8 625 withdrawn immediately
interesting facts:
Portugal declared to use new reverses of euro coinage starting from 2008. Unfortunately a mint worker set by accident stamps of obverses 2008 with stamps of the old reverses and ca. 100,000 of such error coins entered the circulation.

One of the seals of the first King of Portugal Alfons I from 1144.

Seal of King of Portugal Alfons I from 1144
last update: 27 I 2013

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