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20 centavos PORTUGAL (1942-1969)

20 centavos 1942-1969 - Coins of Portugal
20 centavos 1942-1969 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
20.5 mm 3.0 g 1.3 mm Cu95Sn3Zn2
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: XX / CENTAVOS (20 centavos); below two olive branches
edge:
plain
issue date:
29 I 1943
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), Lisbon
mintage:
1942 4 500 000
1943 5 670 000
1944 7 290 000
1945 7 552 000
1948 2 750 000
1949 12 250 000
1951 3 185 000
1952 1 815 000
1953 9 426 000
1955 5 574 000
1956 6 450 000
1958 7 470 000
1959 4 780 000
1960 4 790 000
1961 5 180 000
1962 2 500 000
1963 7 990 000
1964 7 010 000
1965 7 365 000
1966 8 075 000
1967 9 220 000
1968 10 372 000
1969 8 657 000
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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