St. Thomas and Prince 1951 10 escudos

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This issue minted in Lisbon for the Portuguese colony of Sao Tomé e Principe, is the last silver ten escudos for that colony. Previous issues were dated 1939 and subsequent copper-nickel issues are dated 1971. The coin is fairly common. The colony, originally a slave trading station, later turned to sugar production and finally cacao. The Portuguese withdrew in 1975.

Recorded mintage: 72,000.

Specification: 12.5 g, .720 silver, .289 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 14, Gomes-23.01.


  • 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.

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