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New Coin Commemorating 600 Years of Madeira

The National Press – Casa da Moeda (INCM) is presenting its new commemorative coin marking the 600 years of the Discovery of the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo.  The new two-euro coin created by artist Júlio Pomar,who died in 2018, depicts Madeira and Porto Santo surrounded by the words ‘600 anos dos Descobrimento da Madeira e do Porto Santo.’

The presentation will take place on July 8, at 9:30 pm, in the Praça do Fórum, Machico and will be attended by the Vice President of Regional Government, Pedro Calado, the chairman of the board of directors of the National Press-Casa da Moeda, Gonçalo Caseiro, and the chairman of the executive committee of the 600-year-old Commemorations, Guilherme Silva.  Once the presentation is over, there will be a concert by ‘Saudades do Max and tributes to the famous singer and poet Madeirense.

MadeiraShopping is also hosting a commemorative coin exhibition between the 8th and the 14th of July, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m and 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m on Floor 0.  The exhibition aims to give visitors a chance to learn about the background of each coin, while the coins themselves depict significant historical dates, sporting legends and endangered species among other things.  There will also be a digital exhibition which can be viewed by visiting www.moedascomemorativas.pt.  This is aimed more at Portuguese residents and encourages them to vote for their favourite coin. There is also a music video by the Beatbombers about the ten commemorative coins.

Júlio Pomar died on the 22nd of May 2018, and the image for this coin was the last piece of work produced by the artist, who is renowned for his creative work in various mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramic and literature.

Samantha Gannon

info at madeira-weekly.com

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