St. Thomas and Prince 1962 5 escudos

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This issue minted in Lisbon for the Portuguese colony of Sao Tomé e Principe, is the last silver five escudos for that colony. Previous issues were dated 1939, 1948 and 1951 and subsequent copper-nickel issues are dated 1971. The coin is common. The colony, originally a slave trading station, later turned to sugar production and finally cacao. The Portuguese withdrew in 1975.

Recorded mintage: 88,000.

Specification: 4 g, .600 silver, .077 troy oz ASW, 22 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 20, Gomes-20.01.

Source:

  • 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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