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1918 Portugal 2 centavos coin pendant Portuguese Quinas castles Quincunx cross Lisbon Porto Braga Faro Lagoa Vasco da Gama necklace n001828

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Portugal 2 centavos {1S} FEATURING front: National coat of arms - armillary sphere under Portuguese shield of arms. {5 Quinas} Engraver: Alves do Rego After the official recognition of the Kingdom of Portugal as an independent country in 1143, 5 silver bezants were added to the blue cross of the shield, symbolising coins and the right of the monarch to issue currency. Late explanations interpret them as the five wounds of Jesus Christ, also a traditional legend explains that these escutcheons represent the five moor kings defeated by King Afonso I of Portugal in the battle of Ourique. From the fixation of the number of bezants in five, each of the escutcheons of the Portuguese shield became popularly referred as a quina (quincunx). By synecdoche, the term "Five Quinas" or simply the "Quinas" came to be used. The golden castles surrounding the quoins supposedly represent the Moorish castles conquered by the Kingdom of Portugal during the Reconquista. Their origin is probably Castilian. back lettering: REPUBLICA PORTUGUESA 2 CENTAVOS • quantity 1 • demonetized {no longer in circulation} polished Bronze coin • diameter: 23 mm • weight: 5 g ***Choose from drop down menu *** {2 mm thick cords} 22" black cotton necklace 24" brass ball chain 2-1/2" brass snake keychain with snap end {see last photo} ***If you need a different length black cotton necklace message me***

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