200 Escudos

America Novo Mundo (America New World), Portugal


Discovery of America – 500th Anniversary of the Voyage of Christopher Columbus

The reverse features a portrait of Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) with a reproduction of his signature below, and the three ships in his fleet of 1492 above an outline map of the northeastern coast of the island of Hispaniola to which he sailed toward the end of that year. Columbus’ vessels on the voyage during which he discovered America were the carrack Santa Maria and the caravels Niña and Pinta (see Andorra KM-78).

This coin (and the prior and next) are part of the third series in the 15-year “Coins of Discovery” program that commemorates Portugal’s landmark sea voyages of exploration and discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries. This series is titled “Discovery of America.”