St. Thomas and Prince 1971 20 escudos

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This twenty escudos minted in Lisbon for the Portuguese colony of Sao Tomé e Principe, is the only issue of this denomination. This issue is accompanied by bronze fifty centavos and one escudo and copper-nickel 2½ (KM 19), five and ten escudos. The coin is fairly common despite the small mintage. The colony, originally a slave trading station, later turned to sugar production and finally cacao. The Portuguese withdrew in 1975.

Recorded mintage: 75,000.

Specification: nickel.

Catalog reference: KM 24.


  • 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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