Portugal 1944 1 escudo

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Ponterio sale 173, lot 1634
Portugal 1944 escudo rev Ponterio 173-1634.jpg

This specimen was lot 1634 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $881.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "PORTUGAL. Escudo, 1944. NGC MS-65. Second lowest mintage of the series. Lustrous and attractive with very light toning." 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 It superseded a silver type struck 1915-16 (KM 564) and in turn was replaced by a smaller bronze coin struck 1969-79.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. The mintage given below must have been largely 1945's as the latter date is much more common.

Recorded mintage: 993,000 for 1944-45.

Specification: 7.5 g, copper-nickel, 26.7 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-578, Gomes-25.09.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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