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Collector coin – ‘José Saramago 100 Anos’ will start circulating on 3 February

The Banco de Portugal will put a silver-alloy collector coin into circulation from 3 February 2022, with face value of €7.50, entitled ‘José Saramago 100 Anos’. The coins will be distributed to the public through credit institutions and the Banco de Portugal's cash offices.

The ‘José Saramago 100 Anos’ coin is only legal tender in Portugal and has the following features:

On the obverse

  • Filling the centre, an image of the sky;
  • On the lower edge:
    • on the left, the words ‘Casa da Moeda’ and ‘Portugal’;
    • in the middle, the face value;
    • on the right, the Portuguese coat of arms with the five escutcheons , the year ‘2022’ and the name of the author.

No reverso

  • An image of the Earth;
  • On the upper edge, the words ‘José Saramago 100 Anos’.

The characteristics of this coin were approved by Executive Order No 285/2021, published in the Official Gazette, Series I – No 236 of 7 December 2021.

The issue limit was set at 30,000 coins with normal finish.


The Banco de Portugal sells collector coins to the public exclusively through its cash offices (normal finish only). 

The Banco de Portugal does not reserve coins nor send them by post.