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Commemorative coin – 500th Anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s First Voyage of Circumnavigation

Banco de Portugal will put a commemorative coin into circulation from 08 May 2019, with face value of €2, entitled ‘500th Anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s First Voyage of Circumnavigation’.

The coin will be distributed to the public through credit institutions and Banco de Portugal's cash offices.

Moeda corrente comemorativa – 500 Anos da 1.ª Viagem de Circum-Navegação de Fernão de Magalhães

The ‘500th Anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s First Voyage of Circumnavigation’ coin has the following features:

On the common side: 

  • The European design used on euro coins in circulation.

On the national side, surrounded by the twelve stars of the European Union, the portrait of Ferdinand Magellan and around the edges: 

  • At the top, the words ‘2019.Portugal’;
  • At the bottom, the abbreviation ‘INCM’, the name of the author and the inscriptions ‘1519 Fernãães’ and ‘Circum Navegação’.


The characteristics of this coin were approved by Executive Order No 16/2019, published in the Official Gazette, Series I – No 10 of 15 January. The issue limit was set at 500,000 coins with normal finish.


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

Those interested in obtaining these coins should fill out the form provided giving the name, face value and number of coins desired.

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