Official medal to commemorate 8 centuries of the Portuguese language

June 30, 2014

The official medal to commemorate 8 centuries of the Portuguese language was presented on 27 June in the auditorium of the Portuguese National Library. Presiding over the ceremony was the director of the National Library of Portugal, Inês Cordeiro, who was followed at the podium by the President of the Association for 8 centuries of the Portuguese language - Maria José Maya, the President of the National Cultural Centre, Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins, the Chairman of the INCM's Board of Directors, António Osório and the sculptor Fernando Fonseca.

Also present at the event were members of the diplomatic corps of various Portuguese speaking countries and other personalities; the event was rounded off by a poetic-musical moment provided by Sphaera Mundi — Associação Internacional de Cooperação para o Desenvolvimento (International Development Cooperation Association)

The official medal for the commemorations is a piece minted in silver, with a proof finishing and a hallmark. The aesthetic elements laid out inside its 36 mm diameter are the result of a competition run by the INCM and the Association for 8 centuries of the Portuguese language, open to all citizens of Portuguese speaking countries and the European Union.

On one side of the medal is the logo for the commemorations of 8 centuries of the Portuguese language, rearranged to fit into the circular space of the piece; on the other side, Portuguese is represented as a tree - a living element growing from ancestral roots with a trunk comprising contributions from various linguistic sources.

Portuguese is currently the third most spoken European language in the world, as well as the most used language in the Southern hemisphere; a heritage shared by more than 250 million speakers.

Events to commemorate 8 centuries of the Portuguese language began on 5 May - the day chosen by the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP in Portuguese) as the Day of Portuguese Language and Culture - and will be held in a network with many different centres, taking into account the different geographical areas where Portuguese is spoken as an official language. The last events will be held on 10 June, 2015.

Due to the mission and characteristics of the INCM, it was natural that this institution would associate itself with these commemorations as part of its responsibilities, as an entity that promotes Portuguese language and culture.

The medal is available at INCM shops and from the online shop at www.incm.pt

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