A gold coin of Portugal, first issued by John III (1521-1557). It had a value of one thousand Reis, and bears the full length figure of St. Vincent and the inscription ZELATOR FIDEI, a title conferred on John by Pope Paul III for his efforts to establish the Inquisition in Portugal. The coin was retained by Sebastian (1557-1578).
Synonyms: Santo Vicente
Source: Frey's Dictionary (American Journal of Numismatics, Vol. 50, 1916)