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  • 50 Escudos 1994, KM# 37, Cape Verde, Birds of Cape Verde, Lago Sparrow
  • 50 Escudos 1994, KM# 37, Cape Verde, Birds of Cape Verde, Lago Sparrow

Cape Verde or Cabo Verde is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. The Cape Verde archipelago was uninhabited until the 15th century, when Portuguese explorers discovered and colonized the islands, establishing the first European settlement in the tropics. Incorporated as an overseas department of Portugal in 1951, the islands continued to agitate for independence, which was peacefully achieved in 1975.


National emblem divides date, denomination above.

The national emblem of Cape Verde contains a circle within which is written the name of the nation in Portuguese; also in this circle are a torch and triangle, symbols of freedom and national unity. The circle is ringed with ten stars, that represent the islands of Cape Verde, and is similar to the symbolism on the flag of Cape Verde. At the top of the shield is a plumbob, a symbol of righteousness; three chain links are at the bottom.

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The Iago sparrow (Passer iagoensis), also known as the Cape Verde or rufous-backed sparrow, is a passerine bird of the sparrow family Passeridae. It is endemic to the Cape Verde archipelago, in the eastern Atlantic Ocean near western Africa. In Cape Verde it occurs on all but one island, and on most of them it is quite common.

Passer iagoensis Gould

Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Nickel Plated Steel
Weight 7.4 g
Diameter 28 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Banco de Cabo Verde

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