2014 is the 100th anniversary of the issue of the Republic's first commemorative coin. This historic milestone is part of the history of the Portuguese Mint and is being celebrated with the issue of the first eccentric bi-metallic coin in the world.This coin, designed by Nuno Caetano, has a range of unique technical and visual features; a gold disc is set into the rim of a larger silver disc using an innovative minting process. Due to the specific way in which the two discs fit together, the smaller disc protrudes over the perimeter of the larger one, resulting in a non-circular coin.On the obverse of the silver area is a copy of the face of the coin issued in 1914, the first to bear the face value of 1 escudo; a reproduction of the last commemorative escudo coin (1 gold escudo) is found in the gold area on the obverse, resulting in a single face containing two images.The reverse bears an image of the old Casa da Moeda (mint) where the 1914 coin was struck, along with a detailed view of the entrance of the modern day mint building where the 2001 coin was minted; on the right-hand side is its face value of 2.50 Euros. The gold part visible on the reverse bears the legend "1914 - 2014".
Face value: €2.50
Metal: Gold 999/1000 - Silver 925/1000
Weight: 12.8 g (1.56 g gold + 12 g silver)
Packaging: Wood case with numbered certificate of guarantee
Designer: Nuno Caetano