The colection coin dedicated to arrecadas is the first in a new series entitled «Portuguese Ethnography»
The colection coin dedicated to arrecadas is the first in a new series entitled «Portuguese Ethnography»

Issue of the coin «Etnografia Portuguesa – Arrecadas de Viana do Castelo» (Portuguese Ethnography – Gold Earrings of Viana do Castelo)

July 26, 2013

Yesterday, the «Arrecadas de Viana do Castelo» (Gold Earrings of Viana do Castelo) coin was presented, the first in a series entitled «Portuguese Ethnography», at an event that was held in the Costume Museum of Viana do Castelo, which was attended by Eloísa Byrne, the sculptor who created the coin, as well as various personalities from Viana do Castelo.

At the beginning of the presentation, Rodrigo Brum, member of the Board of Directors of INCM, highlighted the fact that this coin combines tradition with modernity, taking into account the technology that was used in minting it, especially the laminated version whose process has been patented by the company.

In turn, Francisco Sampaio, chairman of the Senhora d’Agonia Festival Committee, underlined the importance of the earrings and traditional jewellery in the culture of Minho, welcoming the fact that the coin will perpetuate the history of the earrings throughout time.

On closing the presentation, the Mayor of Viana do Castelo, José Maria Costa, stated that «it gives us great pride that the first coin in this new collection from INCM is dedicated to the gold earrings, which is also a compliment to the women of Viana do Castelo and to Portuguese women. We are dealing with our tradition and a means of perpetuating that tradition through art».

«Portuguese Ethnography» was created by INCM, in partnership with the National Museum of Ethnology, aiming to highlight some aspects of traditional and popular Portuguese culture, and the first coin in this new series is dedicated to »Arrecadas de Viana do Castelo» (Gold Earrings of Viana do Castelo), pieces of traditional Portuguese filigree gold work, whose origins are lost in time.

The issue of the coin, with a face value of 2.50 Euro, is limited to 2500 laminated bi-metal copies in gold and silver with proof finishing, 2500 copies in silver, also with proof finishing, and 100,000 copies in copper nickel with a normal finishing.

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