The escudo is the official currency of the Republic of Cape Verde since 1914, when it replaced the Cape Verdean real. In 1930, Under Portuguese rule, the first coins were introduced in denominations of 5, 10, 20 and 50 centavos, and 1 escudo, followed by the 21/2 and 10 escudos in 1953 and 5 escudos in 1968. After the independence in 1975, coins were issued in denominations of 20 and 50 centavos, and 1 and 21/2, 10, 20 and 50 escudos. In 1994 were introduced the present coinage in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 escudos, followed by 200 escudos coin in 1995.
The 250 Cape Verdean escudos commemorative coin front design is divided into two sections; the first features the National Emblem (consists of a circle containing the name of the republic (República de Cabo Verde); inside the circle is a torch and a triangle. There is a plumb bob or plummet at the top of the shield, three chain links, and a pair of a laurel branch on the bottom. The circle is surrounded by ten stars, five on each side and representing the Cape Verde Islands.) and the denomination. The second shows the different economic symbols used by the Banco de Cavo Verde. The reverse coin design is divided into three sections; Education, represented by the illustrative figure of a teacher and the board. Health, represented by illustrative figures of a woman, a child, and a doctor. Renewable energy, by means of a wind farm. Water and Sanitation, represented by the structure of drinking water, and Information and communication technologies with a stylized design with the symbol of at. This coin is part of the 2015 commemorative series “40th Anniversary of Independence and Development”. Its rim is fluted, and its color is silver and gold.
Text: República De Cabo Verde, Banco De Cabo Verde, 250 Escudos, 1975 – 40 Anos – 2015, 40 Anos De Desenvolvimento 1975 | 2015.