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50 centavos PORTUGAL (1969-1979)

50 centavos 1969-1979 - Coins of Portugal
50 centavos 1969-1979 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
22.5 mm 4.25 g 1.5 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: 50 / CENTAVOS; below five cereal ears
edge:
plain
issue date:
4 VIII 1969
withdrawal date:
1 I 1982
designer:
Marcelino Norte de Almeida (signature M NORTE along the edge near right ears 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 3 481 000
1970 17 280 000
1971 9 139 000
1972 24 729 000
1973 35 588 000
1974 28 719 000
1975 17 793 000
1976 23 734 000
1977 16 340 000
1978 48 348 000
1979 61 652 000
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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