António Osório, Chairman of the Board of Directors of INCM, during the presentation
António Osório, Chairman of the Board of Directors of INCM, during the presentation

Presentation of a commemorative circulation coin to mark the 250th anniversary of the Clérigos Tower

June 26, 2013

The official presentation took place yesterday of a commemorative circulation coin marking the 250th anniversary of the Clérigos Tower. The ceremony was held under the central dome of the monument in the presence of members of the Porto Municipality, of the Government and of the Church, including Manuel Clemente, the recently elected Patriarch of Lisbon.

Following the words of thanks by the host Father Américo Aguiar, judge of the Irmandade dos Clérigos (Brotherhood of the Clérigos), who underlined the importance of this issue "because it will last through time", it fell to António Osório, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the INCM, to present the coin, who stated that "a feature of the coin is that it leaves a mark for history, as well as marking the occasion of the 250 year anniversary of the building, which shouldn't be underestimated".

António Osório also highlighted the work of the young sculptor, Hugo Maciel, who at just 24 years of age produced the design for the Portuguese face of the coin, which "emphasises the verticality of the tower and leaves the marvellous, undefeated city in the background".

After this, came words from the Vice-President of the Porto Municipality, Vladimiro Feliz, from the Secretary of State for Culture, Jorge Xavier Barreto, and from the Secretary of State for Regional Development, Castro Almeida, who announced that funds would be guaranteed for the restoration of the monument.

Closing the session, the then Bishop of Porto, Manuel Clemente, recalled that "this coin is about the recognition of the best known work in the city. When we think about Porto, the idea of the Clérigos Tower immediately comes to mind".

The coin marking the 250th anniversary of the Clérigos Tower, a baroque style monument by the architect Nicolau Nasoni, listed as a national monument since 1910, has an issue limited to 500,000 copies with a normal finishing, 15,000 copies with a BU finishing and 10,000 with a proof finishing.

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