The strategic geographic location of Cape Verde, an archipelago situated between three continents, always opened the doors to maritime navigation.
Due to lack of natural resources and to constant droughts, emigration emerged as an alternative for many Cape Verdeans. Be it to America, attracted by the dollar, to Europe, or, more recently, to Africa, Cape Verdeans often left by sea.
Today, with over a million people scattered to the four corners of the world, to the natives of Cape Verde, ships represent more than a mere means of transportation: it is the symbol of having to leave to return one day.
Due to our secular history, BANCO DE CABO VERDE presents this superb collection of coins which includes the Turtle, a beloved and endangered species in Cape Verde.