Portugal 1856 500 Reis Peter V



500 Reis. Silver.
Peter V of Portugal.

Condition: BU (see image)

Catalogue: A. G. 07.03

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Year 1856
Face value 500 Reis
Metal Ag .917
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter 30 mm

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Peter V of Portugal, nicknamed "the Hopeful", was the King of Portugal and Algarves from 1853 until his death in 1861. He was the eldest son of Queen Mary II of Portugal and her husband King Ferdinand II of Portugal. He ascended the throne at the age of sixteen, after his mother's death, with his father acting as regent of the kingdom until he turned 18 years old.

Although he was very young at the time of his accession to the Portuguese throne, Peter was considered by many to be an exemplary monarch, who reconciled the people with the royal house. He is often described as a monarch with very present social values, partly because of his education, which included working with communities and extensive knowledge of the European continent.

He dedicated himself diligently to the government of the country, created the Superior course on literature in 1859, which he subsidized from his pocket and was a staunch defender of the abolition of slavery.