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10 centavos PORTUGAL (1969-1979)

10 centavos 1969-1979 - Coins of Portugal
10 centavos 1969-1979 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
15.0 mm 0.5 g 1.25 mm Al97.5Mg2.5
obverse:
in the centre five shields from Portuguese Coat of Arms; along the top edge: + REPVBLICA • PORTVGVESA + (REPUBLICA PORTUGUESA - Republic of Portugal); along the bottom edge year of issue
reverse:
on coin top in two lines face value: 10 / CENTAVOS; below two olive branches
edge:
plain
issue date:
4 VIII 1969
withdrawal date:
1 I 1982
designer:
Marcelino Norte de Almeida (signature M NORTE along the edge under right branch on the reverse)
mint:
Casa da Moeda (The Mint) (name until 1972)

Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda (National Press - The Mint) (name from 1972), Lisbon
mintage:
1969 ???
1970 ???
1971 25 673 000
1972 10 558 000
1973 3 149 000
1974 17 043 000
1975 22 410 000
1976 19 907 000
1977 8 431 000
1978 2 205 000
1979 9 083 000
interesting facts:
The first King of Portugal - Afonso Henriques (Alfonso I the Conqueror) (ca. 1109-1185) - had in his Coat of Arms a blue cross on a silver shield into which five silver coins were composed. The coins symbolised the right to mint money. Alfonso's son - Sancho I - arranged the cross from five shields with five coins on each of them, which are until today in Portuguese Coat of Arms and flag.
last update: 10 VI 2014

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