Inauguration of the exhibition in the foyer of Casa da Moeda
Inauguration of the exhibition in the foyer of Casa da Moeda

Inauguration of the O Dinheiro no Tempo de Fernão Mendes Pinto (Money in the Times of Fernão Mendes Pinto) exhibition

October 7, 2014

The O Dinheiro no Tempo de Fernão Mendes Pinto (Money in the Times of Fernão Mendes Pinto) exhibition, a showcase of coins from the Portuguese Numismatic Museum's collection, part of the Commemorations of 8 Centuries of the Portuguese Language and 400 Years since the publication of Peregrinação, was inaugurated today in the foyer of Casa da Moeda.

At the inauguration, Rui Carp, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the INCM, spoke about the importance of the exhibition and the commemorations which it is linked to, reminding those present that «each of the coins displayed has a story to tell», and Maria José Maya, Chair of 8 Séculos da Língua Portuguesa – Associação, paid thanks to the INCM's contribution towards the celebration of 800 years of the Portuguese language.

The exhibition will be on show until 29th December, displaying to the public 71 copies of gold, silver, copper and Indian pewter coins, which were in circulation at the time of Fernão Mendes Pinto, the adventurer and author of Peregrinação, aiming to use numismatics to put the author into context and offer a new approach to him and the era in which he lived.

Published posthumously in 1614, Peregrinação is the testimony of a man of his era, a time marked by a change in the paradigm of economic, social and cultural relationships between the people of the West and the East, in what might be called the prelude to globalisation.

The work is a mixture between an autobiography, a travel itinerary and an adventure novel, which fascinated 17th century Europe, avid for tales and stories about far-away peoples and places, and it quickly became a best-seller, which at that time had versions in the 18 main languages.

O Dinheiro no Tempo de Fernão Mendes Pinto

Place: Foyer of Casa da Moeda

Address: Avenida de António José de Almeida

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(free entrance)

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