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Portugal 2000 Escudos 1992

Item Code: PT-186c

Front: Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias (c. 1451 – 29 May 1500). Mariner's nautical astrolabe. Portuguese coat of arms (Armillary sphere + the quinas + the castles). Back: Sailing ship near the Cape of Good Hope in 1488. Ancient map of Europe and Africa. Sextant, compass, direction corrector. Mechanical celestial globe with armillary sphere on a chicken foot stand. Cross at Dias Point, near today's Lüderitz, Namibia (South West Africa). Watermark: Portrait of Bartolomeu Dias (Bartholomew Diaz). Security thread: Embedded, solid, 1 mm wide security strip. Main colour: Blue. Artist: Prof. Luís Filipe de Abreu. Signatures: (as depicted) Luís Miguel Couceiro Pizarro Beleza (O Governador – Governor, 1992–1994); António Mendo de Castel-Branco do Amaral Osório Borges (O Vice-Governador – The Deputy Governor, 1990–1993). Issuer: Bank of Portugal. First Date of Issue: 23 May 1991. Date of issue: 16 July 1992. Date of withdrawal: 31 December 1997. Legal tender: No, but redeemable until 30-12-2022. Material: Cotton paper. Printing method: Intaglio. Printer: British American Bank Note Company, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Collector value: $90 (UNC); $40 (VF) in 2022.

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Dimensions: 168 x 75 mm

Texts: Banco de Portugal. Dois Mil Escudos. Two Thousand Escudo. Lisboa, 16 de Julho de 1992. Bartolomeu Dias, 1488 Cabo da Boa Esperança.

Eu sou aquele oculto e grande Cabo
A quem chamais vós outros Tormentório,
Que nunca a Ptolomeu, Pompônio, Estrabo,
Plínio e quantos passaram fui notório.
Aqui toda a Africana costa acabo
Neste meu nunca visto Promontório,
Que pera o Pólo Antártico se estende,
A quem vossa ousadia tanto ofende.

Excerpt from "Os Lusiadas", Portuguese epic poem by Luís Vaz de Camões.

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