Portugal 1972 50 escudos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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In 1910, Portugal, having ousted her king, dropped the réis and adopted the escudo, divided into 100 centavos. The specimen shown is from a type struck to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the epic poem Os Lusiadas, the first major work written in Portuguese. It was the last of a series of five silver commemoratives struck 1968-72 in the last years of the dictatorship. The escudo was retired in 1999 when Portugal joined the euro.

Recorded mintage: 1,000,000.

Specification: 18 g, .650 fine silver, 34.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 602.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.

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