The Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda (INCM) has issued (18th November) a new coin that pays attention to a social cause the INCM believes impacts the lives of both the Portuguese and people all over the world: adverse climate change.
As part of their program entitled “Coin for a Cause,” the INCM has issued this year’s coin, which highlights the repercussions and implications of climate change worldwide. The United Nations and the city of Paris are preparing to play host to an international conference in December dedicated to structuring a binding and universal agreement on climate between all the nations of the world for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as the Conference of Parties or COP 21, will be the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The subject of climate control is of paramount importance to some countries, especially island nations, low-land countries, and those with significant coasts, who face the real danger of being swept away by rising sea levels. Issues such as rising sea levels, global temperature rise, warming oceans, declining arctic sea ice, glacial retreat, extreme events, and ocean acidification will also be on the agenda during the 12 day conference.
The coin, which is issued in both cupro-nickel (BU) and Proof (sterling silver) share a common design and denomination. The obverse side depicts the planet supported and symbolically protected by two stylized hands; text is positioned above and below the primary design. The reverse includes the coin’s denomination of €2.50 along with 12 stars representing the EU. The national shield of Portugal and the text REPUBLICA PORTUGUESA is positioned above the primary design.
|€2.50||Cupro-nickel||12 Grams||28 mm.||BU||100,000 pieces|
|€2.50||.925 silver||10 Grams||28 mm.||Proof||2500 pieces|
The INCM have indicated that part of the revenue from the sale of each coin will be forwarded to relevant institutions dealing with the problem of climate change or specially related programs. For more information on these and other coins offered by the INCM, please visit their Web site. Information is offered in Portuguese and English, with international orders dispatched where applicable.