• 2 Euro 2011, KM# 804, Portugal, 500th Anniversary of Birth of Fernão Mendes Pinto
  • 2 Euro 2011, KM# 804, Portugal, 500th Anniversary of Birth of Fernão Mendes Pinto
Description

Fernão Mendes Pinto (c.1509 – 8 July 1583) was a Portuguese explorer and writer. His voyages are recorded in Pilgrimage (his autobiographical memoir). The historical accuracy of the work is debatable due to the many events which seem far fetched or at least exaggerated, earning him the nickname "Fernão Mentes Minto" (wordplay with the Portuguese verb mentir 'lie', meaning "Fernão, are you lying? I am lying."). Some aspects of the work can be verified, particularly through Pinto's service to the Portuguese Crown and by his association with Jesuit missionaries.

Obverse

The inner part shows a sailing ship on several wave-shaped inscriptions referring to Portugal, Lisbon, Pinto's book Peregrinação and travel destinations. The inscription 'Portugal' appears underneath, and his name above. The years 1511 and 2011 appear are to the left and right of the central image, respectively. The twelve stars of the European Union surround the design on the outer ring.

FERNÃO MENDES PINTO
1511 2011
PORTUGAL
INCM IC-FB
PORTUGAL INDIA DIU GOA BIRMANIA PEREGRINÄÇO
PEREGRINÄÇO TARTÁRIA CHINA MALACA ORMUZ SONDA NACAU PATANE SIÄO CAMBOIA LÉQUIO

Reverse

A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”

2 EURO
LL

Edge

The edge design features the seven castles and five coats of arms also found on the national side, all equally spaced.

2 Euro

500th Anniversary of Birth of Fernão Mendes Pinto

KM# 804
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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office (INCM)

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