Dias Commemorative, South Africa, 1988, UNC
DIAS88(1487 - 1488) - UNC
Bartolomeu Dias Commemorative
4x Coins(Steel, Alloy and Bronze Coins)
The coins comes with a small brochure of 4 pages that are presented in three languages(English, Afrikaans, Portuguese)
Lettering on coins
* Coin 1 - AGOSTO 1487 - DEZEMBRO 1488 * LISBOA *
* Coin 2 - SAO GREGORIO * MARC,O 1488
* Coin 3 - FEVEREIRO 1488 * AGUADA DE SAO BRAS *
* Coin 4 - JANEIRO 1488 * RIO DOS VAQUEIROS *
The name of Bartolomeu Diaz is familiar to most South Africans, but few can recall his exact place in history. It is actually a unique one. 1988 marks the 500th anniversary of his epic voyage around the Cape, which made him the first man to navigate the sea route between Europe and the Indian Ocean.
He had realised the centuries-old dream of European merchant adventurers to reach the rich spice trade in the Far East by sea. He made his voyage in three primitive sailing vessels known as caravels, and this was the first event relating to Southern Africa, recorded in history. And it began, of course, the train of events that led to the establishment of what is now the Republic of South Africa. Dias sailed down the West Coast of Africa and passed Cape Cross, the furthest point
reached by previous Portuguese expeditions.
South of the Orange River mouth, he grew tired of beating against the South Easter, which still prevails today, and took a south westerly route which led him well past Cape Point. He then turned due east and north and this brought him to Mossel Bay. The exiting thing was that he had actually rounded the Cape and had succeeded in reaching the Indian Ocean.
After leaving Mossel Bay, he went further along the coast but at the Keiskamma River mouth the decision was made to turn around and return to Portugal. At a place called Kwaaihoek, Dias erected a beacon, a replica of which still-stands at the site today as a tribute to his brave little fleet.
It was after his voyage that European cartographers were able for the first time draw the map of Africa as it is today.
Above text was taken from the Commemorative Brochure that holds the coins.