Philippe Simon's Collection
PORTUGAL, 500 Escudos, 06/09/1979
||signatures: José da Silva Lopes & Emílio Rui da Veiga Peixoto Vilar.
Front: Portrait of João II, the Perfect Prince, the 13th King of Portugal (the painting at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, from the collection of Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol). Old map of Africa with Elmina Castle drawn on it, situated on Gold Coast, now Ghana.
Portuguese coat of arms (Armillary sphere + the quinas + the castles). Reverse: Compass Rose of the Winds or
Windrose (Rosa dos ventos), Compass Star (Stella Maris) also known as Compass Rhumb Card with Compass Points. Enlarged - map of old West Africa and the drawing of the Elmina Castle, situated on Gold Coast, now Ghana. Detail (two men as navigators:
Pedro Nunes and Gil Eanes) from the Monument to the Discoveries "Padrão dos Descobrimentos" on the edge of the Tagus River in Lisbon. Inaugurated on the 9th August 1960. Portuguese architect José Ângelo Cottinelli Telmo and sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida. Sea shells. Rope border with sailors knots.
Watermark: Identical portrait of Dom João II.
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