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10 Patacas 2008, Macau

in Krause book Number: 108
Years of issue: 08.08.2008
Edition: --
Signatures: Unknown signature
Serie: No Serie
Specimen of: 08.08.2008
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 138 х 69
Printer: Joh. Enschede Security Printing BV, Haarlem

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10 Patacas 2008

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Lotus flower. Denomination 10.

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10 Patacas 2008

Templo de A-MaA-Ma Miu temple of Barra.

The oldest temple in Macao, which has a history of over 500 years. It is so alleged that over 400 years ago when Portuguese reached Macao and landed on the sea promontory opposite the A-Ma Temple, they noticed the temple of goddess and asked the local inhabitants the name of the whole place who misunderstood they were denoting the temple and answered "Ma Kok". In this way, the Portuguese transliterated into "Macau" which was the origin of the Portuguese name for Macao.

Built in 1488 on a Barra hillside in the name of goddess Tin Hau or A-Ma (as it was the name of Macau, since the A-Ma-Gao in Chinese means "Bay of the goddess Ma"). The temple plays an important role in the lifestyle of sailors since the 16th century.

In fact, the name "Macao" was based on the name "A-Ma -Gau". According to popular legend, the little girl by the name of A-Ma was taken on board of the fisherman boat, who took pity on her, when all the other rich boat owners refused to take her. Storm sank all the boats in the sea, except for good fisherman's boat, who saved the A-Ma. When their boat arrived in Macau, A-Ma suddenly disappeared, and then returned as a goddess. After the fishermen decided to build a temple on the very spot, where the goddess reappeared.

Lower left is Lotus flower.

Denominations in numerals are in top left and lower right corners.

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10 Patacas 2008

Bank of ChinaBank of China in Macau is centered, left. The building is a 38-story skyscraper (163 m.), was built in 1991. That was the highest building in world, constructed in 1990s.

Denomination in numeral is in top left corner. Lower right are in numeral and in words.

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