Fine, detailed engravings and delicate colors on this 500 Escudos Note from Portugal honor famed 16th century historian João de Barros. He chronicled his country’s overseas discoveries in Décadas da Ásia. Along with a distinctive map, de Barros is profiled on the 1997 Uncirculated note’s front. On the back are scenes from India, plus symbolic figures of men of letters and commerce. Fascinating addition to a world currency collection, and affordable.