Portugal €2 CC 2011 - 500th anniversary of Fernão Mendes Pinto's birth

 

The coin commemorates the 500th anniversary of the birth of Fernão Mendes Pinto, the Portuguese explorer of the Asian seas and countries. "Peregrinação" (Pilgrimage), his book on discoveries and adventures was published posthumously. The inner part of the coin depicts a sailing ship on several wave shaped inscriptions referring to Portugal, Lisbon, his book and some of his travel destinations. The inscriptions "Portugal" appears underneath. His name combined with the years 1511 and 2011 appear on top of the inner part. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European Union flag.

Issuing volume: 520 000 coins.

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