Portugal 200-ESCUDOS (KM666)
Portugal 200-ESCUDOS (KM666)

Portugal 200-ESCUDOS (KM666) Horse

This circulating commemorative coin was issued to celebrate... the introduction of the shotgun to Japan? That's what some sources say, but why the date range? Also, that is apparently a Japanese cavalry man riding the horse and aiming the espingarda.

I believe "espingarda" translates as "shotgun" but this source is more specific, calling it a Moorish musket. Muskets are muzzle-loading, but I believe shotguns fire from shells.

Finally, the Chinese characters that appear mean "iron" and "weapon" so there's that. I don't know, but I like the horse.


  • Diameter: 36 mm
  • Composition: Copper-Nickel
  • CAT#: KM666

Obverse Legend


Reverse Legend

ESPINGARDA 1543-1575

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