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    Pirate Chic Portuguese 75 Reis "In This Sign Conquer" Crusaders' Cross Pendant | Artifact #7912

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    IN HOC SIGNO VINCES - Silver Testaments to Faith

    Please Note: This is an authentic Portuguese Treasure Coin, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.

    Portugal Gives Birth to “The Age of Discovery”

    When thinking of great explorers and empires of the past, the names that spring to mind are Alexander the Great, the Roman Empire, Columbus, Great Britain, Sir Francis Drake, and perhaps the Dutch… but would it surprise you to know that Europe’s longest-lived empire, and the country and its country-men who discovered much of the world for Europe is, in fact, Portugal.

    At the dawn of the modern age in the early 1400’s, the son of Portugal’s King Joao I, Prince Henry the Navigator, spearheaded the exploration of the world, becoming the principal sponsor and patron of Portuguese exploration efforts.  Soon, Portuguese vessels were sailing the Atlantic Ocean, discovering the Atlantic archipelagos including the Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde.

    WE DID NOT PUT HOLES IN THESE COINS! Long ago they were pierced, sometimes to be strung together for safety from loss or pickpockets, but, more often, to be worn on bags, clothing or as jewelry, as this high-grade silver was a sign of status and distinction. Now, we have added a sterling loop so they can again be wearable pieces of history and art fit for the pirate king or queen in all of us!

    Your Silver In Hoc Signo Vinces Coin:

    • Denomination: 75 Reis 
    • Date: 1795
    • Ruler: Maria I
    • Mint: Azores (rare mint)
    • Obverse (Front): The Crowned Arms of Portugal
    • Reverse (Back): Crusaders cross
    • Coin Metal: Silver
    • Pendant size: 3/4” Across, 1 3/8” Tall with the sterling wire wrap bail- coin itself is the diameter of a dime

    HISTORIC NOTES: The Crusaders’ cross and the Latin phrase IN HOC SIGNO VINCES.  Originally a Greek phrase, it means “In this sign you will conquer.”  The Roman emperor Constantine the Great adopted the motto after having a vision of Christ's Cross before a battle in 312 A.D.

    From their initial voyages, the Portuguese built an empire throughout the world – territories that are now a part of 53 different sovereign states.  The Portuguese Empire spanned nearly 600 years, from the capture of Ceuta in 1415 to the grant of sovereignty to East Timor in Southeast Asia in 2002.

    Your In Hoc Signo Vinces Coin Pendant comes with:

    1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
    2. A Detailed, Multi-Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
    3. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
    4. Mini Museum Display for when you are not wearing it
    5. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card