Avo: coin of Portuguese Timor (1945-1951); 1/100 pataca

AVO: COIN OF EAST TIMOR

50 avos, 1948: Portuguese Timor

50 avos, 1948: Portuguese Timor

COLONIA DE TIMOR - 50 AVOS: Colony of Timor - 50 avos.

Olive Sprigs.

REPUBLICA PORTUGUESA: Portuguese Republic.

Coat of arms of Portugal on a stylized Maltese cross.

Mintage: 500.000.

  • Silver (0.650): 20 mm - 3.5 g
  • Reference price: 13.0$

COIN AVO — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. PORTUGUESE TIMOR (1945-1951): avo = 1/100 pataca
  2. PORTUGUESE MACAO + MACAO SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (1952-...): avo = 1/100 pataca

The name of the avo coin comes from the Portuguese term "Oitavo", which means "eighth". The fact is that avo is a subsidiary coin of pataca.
Mexican peso, which was widespread in the world some centuries ago, and which consisted of exactly 8 reals, in ancient times in Southeast Asia was called the pataca. There is a certain analogy, the heredity of real and avo.