Portugal 2 euros 2016 - Inauguration of 25th of April Bridge

Obverse of Portugal 2 euros 2016 - Inauguration of 25th of April Bridge
Details The second commemorative coin of Portugal for 2016 is dedicated to the iconic harbour bridge of Lisbon (Ponte 25 de Abril).

The 25 de Abril Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, to the municipality of Almada on the left (south) bank of the Tejo river. It was inaugurated on August 6, 1966, and a train platform was added in 1999. Because it is a suspension bridge and has similar coloring, it is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, US.

Ponte 25 de Abri was originally named after the dictator Salazar but had its name changed after the revolution of April 25, 1974. It is suspended over the Tagus River and it is a spectacular sight from any direction. With an overall length of 2278m and the longest central span in Europe (1013m/3323ft), it is longer than San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, which it resembles. Its foundations also hold the world record by going 80m below the riverbed to stand on basalt rock.
Specifications Diameter - 25.75mm Thickness - 2.2mm Weight - 8.5gr
Composition BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper - 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass
Edge Five coats of arms and seven castles equally spaced
Comments Designer: José Aurélio - Legend "PONTE 25 APRIL 1966 - 2016"

Issue date: 19 July 2016
Mintage 500,000 pieces

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