Description:The tower is depicted as it can be seen by the people on the street when standing close to it, side by side with the typical Oporto skyline as seen from Douro River south bank.
Issuing volume: 525 000 coins
Date of issue: June 2013
Official Journal: C 219 31.07.2013
Description: The coin depicts the first Portuguese King and its sword and the Castle of Guimarães, which is considered the place where Portugal, as an independent nation, started in the XII century.
Issuing volume: 520 000 coins
Date of issue: June 2012
Official Journal: C160 06.06.2012
The Euro-sign in the centre of the coin shows that the Euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the Euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the Euro-symbol on the coin express the importance of the Euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and research and development (wind power stations). The initials AH of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name(s) of the issuing country in the national language(s) appear(s) at the top, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
Issuing volume: 96 million coins
Date of issue: January 2012
Official Journal: C017 20.01.2012
The coin commemorates the 500th anniversary of the birth of Fernão Mendes Pinto, the Portuguese explorer of the Asian seas and countries. "Peregrinação" (Pilgrimage), his book on discoveries and adventures was published posthumously. The inner part of the coin depicts a sailing ship on several wave shaped inscriptions referring to Portugal, Lisbon, his book and some of his travel destinations. The inscriptions "Portugal" appears underneath. His name combined with the years 1511 and 2011 appear on top of the inner part. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union flag.
Issuing volume: 520 000 coins.
Official Journal: C273 16.09.2011, p.4
The coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the constitutional monarchy of King Manuel II and the establishment of the Portuguese First Republic further to the 5 October 1910 revolution.
Issuing volume: 2 035 000 million coins
Official Journal: C137 27.05.2010, p.26
The coin was issued on the occasion of the 2nd Lusophone Games (2.os Jogos da Lusophonia, Lisbon, 11-19 July 2009) with the participation of twelve Portuguese-speaking countries. The inner part of the coin depicts a gymnast swirling a long ribbon. At the top, the Portuguese coat of arms appears within a semi-circle formed by the name of the issuing country ‘PORTUGAL’.
Issuing volume: 1.25 million coins
Official Journal: C116 21.05.2009, p. 19
The centre of the coin shows a stylised human figure whose left arm is prolonged by the euro symbol. The initials ΓΣ of the artist appear below the euro symbol. The name(s) of the issuing country in the national language(s) appear(s) at the top, while the indication 1999-2009 and the acronym EMU translated into the national language(s) appear at the bottom.
Issuing volume: 84 085 000 million coins
Official Journal: C315 10.12.2008, p.8
The inner part of the coin shows the Portuguese coat of arms at the top, above the name of the issuing country (‘PORTUGAL’), the year mark ‘2008’ and a geometric design in the bottom half of the centre. The legend ‘60 ANOS DA DECLARAÇÃO UNIVERSAL DOS DIREITOS HUMANOS’ runs along the edge of the bottom two thirds of the inner ring and is followed by the inscription ‘Esc. J. Duarte INCM’ in very small characters.
Issuing volume: 1 035 000 coins
Official Journal: C165 28.06.2008, p.6
In 2007 Portugal issued an additional commemorative coin on the occasion of the rotating presidency of the EU, from July to December 2007. The coin shows a cork oak (Quercus suber) and the Portuguese coat of arms under its branches, together with the word ‘Portugal’ and the legend ‘2007 Presidência do Concelho da UE’ (2007 Presidency of the Council of the EU).
Issuing volume: 2 million coins
Official Journal: C110 16.05.2007, p.5
The coin shows the treaty with the signatures of the six founding countries on a background evoking the paving – designed by Michelangelo – of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, where the Treaty was signed on 25 March 1957, giving birth to the modern-day European Union.
Total euro area issuing volume: 90 million coins
Official Journal: C065 21.03.2007, p.3