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1998 Portugal 5 Escudos Portuguese coin earrings Quinas Porto Lisboa Faro Lagoa Vasco da Gama Beira ship Mirandese Quincunx castles e000268

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Portugal 5 Escudos {1986-2001}

FEATURING
front: The coat of arms of Portugal {5 Quinas} and a knot

Lettering: REPUBLICA PORTUGUESA

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: A stained glass window

• quantity 1 pair
• demonetized {no longer in circulation} polished Nickel brass coins
• diameter: 21 mm
• weight: 5.4 g

GOLD PLATED 304 STAINLESS STEEL EAR WIRES
• Style: steel fish hook ear wires with 6 x 2 mm coil
• Metal: gold plated surgical steel for sensitive ears
• Length: 19 mm top to bottom of loop in front
• Thickness: 21 gauge
• rubber stoppers included

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