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5 escudos PORTUGAL (1959 [1960]) Henry The Navigator

5 escudos 1959 [1960] Henry The Navigator - Coins of Portugal
5 escudos 1959 [1960] Henry The Navigator - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.0 mm 7.0 g 1.8 mm Ag 650
in the centre Coat of Arms of prince Henry divides his motto: TALANT DE / BIE~ FAIRE (desire to do well); along the top edge: REPUBLICA • PORTUGUESA (Republic of Portugal); along the bottom edge face value: 5 $ 00 (ESCUDOS) flanked by branches; at the edge a ring of semicircles
bust of Henry the Navigator facing slightly left; below it date: 1960; along the edge: + QUINTO ♦ CENTENARIO ♦ DA ♦ MORTE ♦ DO ♦ INFANTE ♦ DOM ♦ HENRIQUE (quincentenary of death of prince Henry); at the edge a ring of semicircles
issue date:
3 VII 1959
withdrawal date:
Marcelino Norte de Almeida (signature M NORTE under prince's left shoulder on the reverse)
Casa da Moeda (The Mint), Lisbon
1959 800 000
interesting facts:
Dom Henrique o Navegador (Henry the Navigator) (1394-1460) - prince of Portugal, patron of Portuguese fleet development and geographical exploration, and thus co-creator of Portuguese colonial empire. He was nicknamed the Navigator already after his death although he was never sailing.

Portrait of the prince and his Coat of Arms:

Henry The Navigator (Dom Henrique o Navegador)

Coat of Arms of Henry the Navigator
photo: Odejea; licence: CC-BY-SA 3.0
last update: 10 VI 2014

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