Portugal 1935 escudo
This specimen was lot 30370 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Republic Escudo 1935 MS66 NGC, Lisbon mint. Enchanting luster illuminates the surfaces, with a touch of central incompleteness that prevents a finer grade, but no post-strike marks that demand notice. An impressive, essentially-pristine example of this prohibitively rare date, struck for exclusive usage in the Azores, but today seldom seen in any grade, let alone as a premium Gem. Easily among the finest known and priced in the Standard Catalog of World Coins at $7,000 in MS63 grade." In 1910, Portugal, having ousted her king, dropped the réis and adopted the escudo, divided into 100 centavos. The specimen shown is a rare date of a type struck for Portugal 1927-68. It superseded a silver type struck 1915-16 (KM 564) and in turn was replaced by a smaller bronze coin struck 1969-79. The escudo was retired in 1999 when Portugal joined the euro. This date is from a run of rare dates 1930-39; prior and subsequent dates are much more available. It was struck for use in the Azores.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 7.5 g, copper nickel, 26.7 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-578; Gomes-25.06.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Reis, Lina, Anuário de Numismática, Moedas e notas 2010, 31ª ediçao, Lisbon: Publinummis, Lda, 2009.
- Alberto Gomes and Francisco Antonio Magro, Moedas Portuguesas e do Território Que Hoje é Portugal: Catálogo das Moedas Cunhadas para o Continentes e Ilhas Adjacentes, para os Territórios do Ultramar e Grão-Mestres Portugueses da Ordem de Malta, 6ª Edição, Lisbon: Associação Numismática de Portugal, 2013.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.