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1952 Macau 50 avos coin pendant Chinese Haojing Bay Gate Macao Southern China necklace jewelry Portuguese colony n000864

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1952 Macau 50 avos ~ Portuguese colony FEATURING front: Shield of Portuguese Macau on crowned armillary sphere back: coat of arms {5 Quinas} 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. • quantity 1 • demonetized (no longer in circulation) polished Copper-nickel coin • diameter: 20 mm • weight: 3.6 g ***Choose from drop down menu *** {2 mm thick cords} 22" black cotton necklace 24" silver plated ball chain 1-1/8" silver color keychain with 30 mm ring {see last photo} ******If you need a different length black necklace please message me*** facebook.com/coinedJewelry instagram.com/coinedJewelry twitter.com/coinedJewelry pinterest.com/coinedJewelry tumblr.com/blog/coinedJewelry