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20 centavos PORTUGAL (1969-1974)

20 centavos 1969-1974 - Coins of Portugal
20 centavos 1969-1974 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
16.0 mm 1.8 g 1.4 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: 20 / 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 10 891 000
1970 16 120 000
1971 1 933 000
1972 16 354 000
1973 4 900 000
1974 26 975 000
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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