Obverse description : Écu de Portugal.
Reverse description : Main ouverte accostée du millésime et des lettres B B.
PORTUGAL - UNITED PORTUGAL - JEAN III
Jean was born in Lisbon in 1502. He became King of Portugal in 1521 and succeeded his father Manuel I. He died in 1557 in Lisbon. Trade on a large scale were developed during his reign and the leading European position in China was opened in Macau in 1557. None of the nine children he had with Catherine of Austria survived him. His little son Sebastian succeeded him in 1557.