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Offline chrisild

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Portugal 2019: Magellan's Circumnavigation
« on: April 06, 2019, 01:53:51 PM »
The Portuguese mint will issue a commemorative €2 coin this year that honors Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation of the Earth in 1519. Mintage will be 750,000 (circ), plus 10,000 (BNC/BU) and 10,000 proof. The text on the obverse is:

2019 · PORTUGAL
CIRCUM NAVEGAÇÃO
1519 FERNÃO · DE · MAGALHÃES

The piece (national side) was designed by Luís Filipe de Abreu. And I suppose that the circle below the twelve o'clock star is a stylized representation of Magellan's routes around the globe ...

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Re: Portugal 2019: Magellan's Circumnavigation
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2019, 11:20:40 AM »
That circular symbol at 12 o'clock reminds me of the armillary sphere.

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Re: Portugal 2019: Magellan's Circumnavigation
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2019, 11:59:00 AM »
Yes, may well be so. I did not think of that, as the "full" armillary sphere is part of the coat of arms and thus used on some coins.* But it was used in and refers to navigation, so I tend to agree ...

(* Here is a funny example - a 2018 collector coin designed by an architect and celebrating another architect. Very sober or simple design, but it shows the CoA including the "complete" sphere.)

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