Portugal Silver Escudo

  • Introduction: 1911
  • Denominations: 1 escudo, 2 ½ -, 5-,10-,20-, 50-,100-,200 escudos
  • Tax Status: No sales tax
  • Purity: 83.5%
  • Mint: Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda
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Buy Portugal Silver Escudo coins online. The Portuguese Silver Escudo (escudo means shield) was introduced on 22nd May 1911, after the Republican revolution which happened in 1910. It was introduced to replace the real. It was used in the Portuguese mainland, the Azores and Madeira. Between 1912 to 1916, one-escudo coins were issued. In 1932, silver coins were introduced for 2 ½ escudos, 5 escudos and 10 escudos. The 2 ½ and 5 escudos were minted until 1951, with 10 escudos minted until 1955 with a reduced silver content. Other denominations included; 20, 50 100 and 200 escudos. Coins ceased to be exchangeable on 31st December, 2002.

For the 1 escudo coin, it has a diameter of 37 millimeters.  The coin has a gross weight of 25 grams and a silver fineness of .835. The obverse of the coin, designed by Simões de Almeida in 1911, was originally designed for Portugal’s 20 and 50 centavo pieces. The effigy of the Republic appears in the center. A Phrygian cap and three stalks of grain covering her head. Engraved clockwise along the rim is the Portuguese name rendered as “REPUBLICA PORTUGUESA”, with “REPUBLICA” is on the left side while “PORTUGUESA” is on the right side. In the opposite direction at the periphery below the allegory is the Gregorian date of mining, either “1915” or “1916”.

The reverse of the Portugal Silver Escudo coin features the coat of arms of Portugal in its center. The coat of arms features the present model of the flag of Portugal. The flag is on the Portuguese shield which is over the armillary sphere.  Surrounding the coat of arms are two branches of laurel, tied at the base where the two branches cross each other. The face value “1 ESCUDO” is inscribed counterclockwise along the rim below.

Established in the late 13th century, Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda (National Printing House, and Mint), Portuguese mint and national press owned by the Portuguese government, minted the escudo. It is located in Lisbon in the São Mamede (Santo António) neighborhood. No sales tax or VAT is imposed to collectors and investors who buy Portugal Silver Escudo coins online. A Portugal Gold Escudo is also available.

Additional information


Lisbon Mint

Country of Origin






Pure Silver Content







Silver Ag 917


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