Details relating to the Portuguese Commemorative of 2019.
Issue Date: 08.05.2019
Number Minted: 770,000
Mint: Imprensa National Casada Moeda S.A. Lissabon.
Mint Mark : INCM.
The coin commemorates the the circumnavigation of the world by Magellan.
This enterprise was commisioned by King Carlos I of Spain in 1519. Although a Spanish undertaking, Magellan was Portuguese
The aim of the expedition was to find a Western route to the spice islands - somewhat to the north of Auistralia.
In accomplishing this task Magellan found a straight towards the bottom of South America, now named after him - "The Magellan Straight".
This was the first circumnavigation of the world and proved that the earth was indeed spherical.
The motif of the coin shows,in the inner circle, a three quarter profile of Magellan, staring out to the left wistfully as if still looking the passage to the pacific.
Around the edge of the inner circle from eight to eleven o'clock is the inscription "2019 PORTUGAL". At the very top is a stylized armillary sphere. From seven to twelve o'clock is the inscription (running anti -clockwise) "1519 FERNÃO DE MAGALHÃES". Set in from that, in smaller type is the inscription "CIRCUM NAVEGACÃO".