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Coins of Portugal

Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture: salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve's beaches are a major destination and much of the nation's architecture dates to the 1500s - 1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire.


Portugal, Alfonso V the African, 1438 - 1481

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A ceitil is one-sixth of a real. A few badly corroded similar Portuguese copper ceitils were found by the archaeologists who discovered Fernando De Soto's first winter campsite, near Tallahassee, Florida. They also found crossbow quarrel points and rings of chainmail.
ME58773. Bronze ceitil, cf. Gomes 982, gF, weight 1.729 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Porto mint, obverse : ALFO : REIS : PORT( or similar, Afonso King of Portugal), three-towered castle, sea in front, P right; reverse : DOMINUS : CEPTA : ED (or similar, And Lord of Ceuta), arms of Portugal; ex Alex G Malloy, his tag notes found in Badajoz area.; SOLD


Portuguese Far East, Sebastian I, 1554 - 1578

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The crossed arrows symbolize the martyrdom of St. Sebastian. The two dots and initials indicate a value of 2 bazarucos.
ME59102. Tin 2 bazarucos, cast tin; Mitchiner NI 3152, VF, weight 2.164 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, Malacca (Malaysia) mint, 1554 - 1578; obverse three arrows tied with a bow in the middle, two large dots between the arrowheads, B-A flanking across field; reverse armillary sphere; scarce; SOLD


Portuguese Far East, João III, 1521 - 1557

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ME59103. Tin soldo, cast tin; Mitchiner NI 3149, F, weight 3.702 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, Malacca (Malaysia) mint, 1554 - 1578; obverse cross potent, I - S / M-A (Ioannes Senhor Malacca) in quarters; reverse armillary sphere; scarce; SOLD


Portuguese Empire, Maria and Peter III, Brazil Colony, 1787; Countermarked to 80 Reis, 1809

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In 1808, the Portuguese court, fleeing from Napoleon's invasion of Portugal moved the government to Rio de Janeiro. The countermark on this coin doubled the value to 80 Reis after April 18, 1809 to help finance the government in Brazil. The Portuguese king ruled his huge empire from Brazil for 13 years. He would have remained for the rest of his life if not for turmoil in Portugal due, among other reasons, to his long stay in Brazil after the end of Napoleon's reign.
WO42209. Bronze Escudete (40 Reis), Shield countermark, 80 reis, John VI, 1809, VF, weight 28.374 g, maximum diameter 40.5 mm, die axis 0o, Lisbon mint, 1787; obverse PECUNIA TOTUM CIRCUMIT ORBEM (the money circulates around the world), globe, ornamented poles, lines of latitude and longitude, horizontal band; reverse MARIA I E PETRUS III D G P E BRASILLE REGES, crown above XL (40 reis), flanked by quatrefoils, 1787 below flanked by six lobed pellets; shield countermark with 7 castles surrounding smaller inner shield area with 4 shields; SOLD


Portuguese Empire, Maria and Peter III, Brazil Colony, 1781; Countermarked to 80 Reis, 1809

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In 1808, the Portuguese court, fleeing from Napoleon's invasion of Portugal moved the government to Rio de Janeiro. The countermark on this coin doubled the value to 80 Reis after April 18, 1809 to help finance the government in Brazil. The Portuguese king ruled his huge empire from Brazil for 13 years. He would have remained for the rest of his life if not for turmoil in Portugal due, among other reasons, to his long stay in Brazil after the end of Napoleon's reign.
WO42233. Bronze Escudete (40 Reis), Shield countermark, 80 reis, John VI, 1809, VF, weight 29.794 g, maximum diameter 41.2 mm, die axis 0o, Lisbon mint, 1781; obverse PECUNIA TOTUM CIRCUMIT ORBEM (the money circulates around the world), globe, ornamented poles, lines of latitude and longitude, horizontal band; reverse MARIA I E PETRUS III D G P E BRASILLE REGES, crown above XL (40 reis), flanked by quatrefoils, 1781 below flanked by six lobed pellets; shield countermark with 7 castles surrounding smaller inner shield area with 4 shields; SOLD








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REFERENCES|

Gomes, A. Moedas do território português antes da fundação de la nacionalidade (Hispano-romanas). (Lisbon, 1998).
Gomes, A. Monedas Portuguesas. (Lisbon, 1996).
Gomes, A. Moedas portuguesas na epoca dos descobrimentos, 1385-1580. (Lisbon, 1992).
Krause, C. & C. Mishler. Standard Catalog of World Coins. (Iola, WI, 2010 - ).
Mitchiner, M. Oriental Coins and Their Values, Vol. 3: Non-Islamic States & Western Colonies. (London, 1979).
Reinhart, W. "Os Sóldios 'Gallecanos' monedas Portuguesas" in Arquivo histórico de Portugal V (1946).
Vas, J. Dinheiro Luso-Indiano - Indo-Portuguese Money. (Braga, 1980).
Vaz, J. Livro das moedas de Portugal. (Braga, 1973).

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