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Announced issue: Portuguese Team participating in the Olympic Games – Rio 2016

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Description: The design depicts a visual composition based on the well-known work of art signed by the author, Mrs. Joanna Vasconcelos, the "Heart of Viana", inspired by traditional jewelry from the North of Portugal (around the city of Viana do Castelo). It symbolizes the support of the Portuguese people to the national team by the occasion of the Games. At the left and the right, in semi-circle, are the inscriptions "JOANA VASCONCELOS" and "EQUIPA OLIMPICA DE PORTUGAL 2016", respectively. At the bottom is the mintmark "INCM".
Issuing volume: 600 000 coins
Date of issue: March 2016
Official Journal: C 97 12.03.2016

 

Announced issue: 50 years of the first bridge uniting the two riverbanks of the Tejo River

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Description: The design depicts the image of the bridge. At the top right is the inscription "PORTUGAL". At the bottom right are the inscriptions "PONTE", "25 DE ABRIL", "1966" and "2016", one below the other. At the bottom left is the mintmark "INCM" and at the bottom centre is the name of the designer "JOSÉ AURÉLIO".
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Date of issue: July 2016
Official Journal: C 97 12.03.2016

 

Announced issue: 500 years of the first contacts with Timor, nowadays an independent Portuguese speaking country (Timor Lorosae)

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Description: The design depicts a XVI Century ship, representing the arrival of the Portuguese navigators to the island, and a local house thatched roof top, including the typical wood sculptures, permanent memories of myths and legends. The one depicted on the coin represents the history of the first inhabitants, who arrived by boat from other parts of the Asian continent and the importance of the horse to travel around the steep mountains which cover most of the island.  At the top right, the year "1515" and the name of the issuing country "PORTUGAL". At the bottom left, the inscription "TIMOR" and the year "2015".  At the bottom, the signature of the artist Fernando Fonseca. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
Issuing volume: 520 000 coins
Date of issue: July 2015
Official Journal: C 93 20.03.2015

 

Announced issue: 150th Anniversary of the Portuguese Red Cross

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Description: The design depicts a visual composition based on the well-known cross, symbol of the organization, replicated several times to represent the expansion of the humanitarian action both in Portugal and abroad. The contour of a hand in the background symbolizes the different kinds of help given by the organization to the people, mostly medical, but also and among others: cooperating, constructing and supporting. At the left side, in semi-circle, the inscription "CRUZ VERMELHA PORTUGUESA". At the top, the Coat of Arms and the name of the issuing country "PORTUGAL" and at the bottom the years "1865" and "2015". The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
Issuing volume: 520 000 coins
Date of issue: April 2015
Official Journal: C 93 20.03.2015

 

The International Year of Family Farming

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Description: On the central part of the design are represented tools typically used in the traditional agriculture, together with farming products: a chicken in the center, surrounded by pumpkins, a basket of potatoes, and other vegetables and flowers. On the left side, in semi-circle, the subject of the commemoration 'AGRICULTURA FAMILIAR' (Family Farming) and on the right side, in semi-circle, the name of the issuing country 'PORTUGAL' followed by the year of issuance '2014'. At the bottom left the mintmark 'INCM'. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Date of issue: October 2014
Official Journal: C88 27.03.2014

 

The 40th Anniversary of the 25th April Revolution

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Description: The two curves represent the general shape of a carnation, the flower symbolizing the movement, which was also the origin of the revolution’s name. The name of the issuing country 'PORTUGAL' and the Coat of Arms are inscribed on the top of the flower. The center of the image shows the date of the event '25 DE ABRIL' (25th April) and at the bottom is written the number of years past since the revolution '40 ANOS' (40 years) and the year of issuance '2014'. The shape of the letters and numbers is inspired on those used in posters and other political information supports 40 years ago, as a symbol of the euphoric period lived right after the event.
Issuing volume: 500 000 coins
Date of issue: April 2014
Official Journal: C88 27.03.2014

 

The 250th anniversary of the construction of "Torre dos Clérigos"

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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

 

European Capital of Culture 2012, the city of Guimarães in the North of Portugal

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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

 

All euro-area countries

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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

 

500th anniversary of Fernão Mendes Pinto's birth

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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

 

100th anniversary of the Portuguese Republic

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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

 

2nd Lusophone Games

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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

 

Ten years of economic and monetary union (EMU) and the birth of the euro

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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

 

60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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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

 

Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

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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

 

50th anniversary of signing of the Treaty of Rome

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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

 

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