Inauguration of the exhibition
Inauguration of the exhibition

Inauguration of the "Colecção D. Luís" Numismatic Exhibition

November 2, 2012

The numismatic exhibition entitled “Colecção D. Luís” ("King Luis Collection") was inaugurated on the 31st of October, with coins from the 4th century BC to the 19th century, found at two different venues: Greek-Roman, Swabian, Visigothic and Muslim coins, on exhibition in the atrium of the Casa da Moeda, and Portuguese coins dating from between the reigns of King Afonso Henriques and King Pedro V, on exhibition at the Vila Viçosa Ducal Palace.

The part of the exhibition being held at the Casa da Moeda was inaugurated during the morning in the presence of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, chairman of the Casa de Bragança foundation, and António Osório, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda (INCM), the two entities responsible for putting on the exhibition entitled the "Colecção D. Luís". The part of the exhibition being held at Vila Viçosa was inaugurated during the afternoon.

During the event, António Osório placed an emphasis on the partnership between the INCM and the Casa de Bragança foundation that resulted in the exhibition, as well as on the cultural and historical dimension of the exhibited coins. This fact was also highlighted by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who recommended visiting the exhibition as a way of learning something about Portuguese history.

Visiting the exhibition gives you the chance to "travel" through time and history with the coins that were in circulation in Portuguese territory, some of which are very rare, such as the two Visigothic tremisses, one from Egitânia (Idanha-a-Velha) and the other from Veseo (Viseu), morabitinos from the reigns of King Sancho I and King Afonso II, and the "Dobra Pé-Terra" and the "Gentil" from the reign of King Fernando, among others.

Anyone wanting to take advantage of the opportunity to see these coins may do so until the 31st of January, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The coins will only be on exhibition to the public again at the end of 2013, when the two exhibition venues will swap places.

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