500rs King Carlos I
    Portugal (silver), 1898

GREEK & ROMAN
Coins from the Greek
and Roman Empire. (480 BC to 450 AD)
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PORTUGAL 1st DIN
Coins from the 1st
Portuguese Dinasty. (1128 to 1383)
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PORTUGAL 2nd DIN
Coins from the 2nd
Portuguese Dinasty. (1385 to 1580)
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PORTUGAL 3rd DIN
Coins from the 3rd
Portuguese Dinasty. (1580 to 1640)
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PORTUGAL 4th DIN
Coins from the 4th
Portuguese Dinasty. (1640 to 1910)
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PORTUGAL REPUBLIC
Coins from the
Portuguese Republic. (From 1910 onwards)
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Filipe I (1581-1598)

Philip I of Portugal, the Prudent (Port. O Prudente) was born at Valladolid, the heir apparent and only legitimate son of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V and queen consort Isabella of Portugal to survive childhood.

Philip annexed the throne of Portugal, and the success of colonisation in America improved his financial position, enabling him to show greater aggression towards his enemies. In 1580 the direct line of Portuguese royal family died out following a disastrous campaign in Morocco, giving Philip the pretext to claim the throne through his mother, who was a Portuguese princess. When Lisbon refused Philip's claims he orchestrated a take-over, invading, annexing, and seizing the throne, which would be held by Spain for sixty years.

Despite having far more gold and silver than any other European power flowing in from Spanish America and the addition of Portugal, and the enthusiastic support under the guise of the Counter-Reformation, Philip's rule ended in devastating setbacks for Spain. Philip was bankrupt by 1596. He died in 1598 and was succeeded by his son, king Philip II. Philip's enemies (generally protestant propagandists), were instrumental in the creation of the Black Legend of Spain, depicting Philip I as a bloodthirsty tyrant among other things.

   

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