Rosa Mota will be honored in a coin of the Sports Idols series, 30 years after the conquest of the Olympic gold
Rosa Mota will be honored in a coin of the Sports Idols series, 30 years after the conquest of the Olympic gold

2018 Commemorative Coins presented at the Portuguese Mint

February 9, 2018

The 2018 Commemorative Coins plan was presented yesterday in the manufacturing area of the Portuguese Mint, with information on the themes, the authors and the design of the commemorative, circulation and collector coins to be issued throughout the year.

From among these coins, highlights are coins dedicated to the Iberian Imperial Eagle and the Four Leafed Clover as part of the Threatened Species series. These coins, which aim to promote the conservation of these species, also have a charity component, as part of the revenue from them will be channelled into an environmental fund selected by the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests.

Further highlights are the coin dedicated to Olympic champion Rosa Mota, 30 years after winning a gold medal for the marathon at the Seoul games, and the coin featuring architect Souto Moura, created by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira.

All in all, ten commemorative, circulation and collector coins have been designed by celebrities from the world of contemporary visual art, such as designer Eduardo Aires, sculptors João Cutileiro and José Aurélio, and illustrators João Fazenda and André Carrilho, placing emphasis on Portuguese architecture, ethnography and sport, among other Portuguese and international cultural values and subjects.

The collector coins are dedicated to Eduardo Souto Moura (Portuguese Architecture series), Olympic champion Rosa Mota (Sports Idols series), the Centenary of the Armistice of the 1st World War, the Granaries in the Northwest of the peninsula (Portuguese Ethnography series), the Baroque (European series – Ages of Europe), and the Iberian Imperial Eagle and the Four Leafed Clover (Threatened Species series), while circulation coins will mark the 250th anniversary of the Ajuda Botanical Garden and the 250th anniversary of the Official Printing Office.

The ceremony, led by journalist Pedro Pinto, also featured a performance by Lisbon’s Metropolitan Orchestra, which played excerpts from Händel’s cantata Il Delirio amoroso to introduce the presentation of the collector coin dedicated to the Baroque.

At the end of the presentation there was a chance to attend and participate in a screen printing workshop, featuring screen prints referring to the 250th anniversary of the Official Printing Office, by Eduardo Aires, the designer who also created the commemorative circulation coin dedicated to the event.

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