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Duke of Viseu (PRT):
Infante Dom
HENRIQUE

4.3.1394- 13.11.1460


Prez. of Regional Gov.:
 Vasco I. Alves

CORDEIRO
6.11.2012 >

REGIĀO AUTÓNOMA DOS AÇORES - Azores Banknotes, 1885-2015 Issues

· REGIĀO AUTÓNOMA DOS AÇORES
· Azores Autonomous Region

 History: ESP 1580; 1832 PRT prov.; AZO Aut. Region 27.8.1976
The first banknotes attributable to Azores were issued in 1885
Currency History: PRT currency 1885-2001; EUR 2002 >
 
Azores now uses the Euro as its currency
   

  

· CAMARA MUNICIPAL da CALHETA
·  Calheta District of Azores

 Established 1534

San Jorge, Açores

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· DISTRITO DA HORTA (AÇORES)
·  Horta District of Azores

 Established 28.3.1836

Camara Municipal da Horta

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· AÇORES PROVINCIA
· Azores Province

Azores province established 4.6.1832

Banco de Portugal

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FANTASY ART DESIGN by MG

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Current Issues

Azores now uses the Euro as its currency.

   

  


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT / BACKGROUNDER

The Portuguese Civil War (1828–1834) had strong repercussions in the Azores. In 1829, in Praia da Vitória, the Liberals won over the absolutists, making Terceira Island the main headquarters of the new Portuguese regime and also where the Council of Regency (Conselho de Regência) of Maria II of Portugal was established.

Beginning in 1868, Portugal issued its stamps overprinted with "AÇORES" for use in the islands. Between 1892 and 1906, it also issued separate stamps for the three administrative districts of the time.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Graciosa was host to many prominent figures, including Chateaubriand, the French writer who passed through upon his escape to America during the French revolution; Almeida Garrett, the Portuguese poet who visited an uncle and wrote some poetry while there; and Prince Albert of Monaco, the 19th century oceanographer who led several expeditions in the waters of the Azores. He arrived on his yacht Hirondelle, and visited the furna da caldeira, the noted hot springs grotto. In 1869, the author Mark Twain published The Innocents Abroad, a travel book, where he described his time in the Azores.

From 1836 to 1976, the archipelago was divided into three districts, equivalent (except in area) to those in the Portuguese mainland. The division was arbitrary, and did not follow the natural island groups, rather reflecting the location of each district capital on the three main cities (none of which were on the western group).

Angra do Heroísmo consisted of Terceira, São Jorge, and Graciosa, with the capital at Angra do Heroísmo on Terceira.

Horta consisted of Pico, Faial, Flores, and Corvo, with the capital at Horta on Faial.

Ponta Delgada consisted of São Miguel and Santa Maria, with the capital at Ponta Delgada on São Miguel

Infante Dom Henrique of Portugal, Duke of Viseu (4 March 1394 – 13 November 1460), better known as Prince Henry the Navigator
was a central figure in the early days of the Portuguese Empire and the 15th-century European maritime discoveries and maritime expansion. Through his administrative direction, he is regarded as the main initiator of what would be known as the Age of Discovery.   Source: Wikipedia


Background information about these banknotes is needed, especially the private/municipal issues. Collectors or other individuals are encouraged to write us so you may share this with other collectors.

CL1  We gratefully acknowledge collector CL1 for submitting these images.
MG  We gratefully acknowledge collector Matej Gabris for this beautiful design.