- any of several obsolete coins of Spain, Portugal, and their former colonies
- the former basic monetary unit of Portugal and Cape Verde
Origin of escudoSpanish and Port, a shield, gold coin from Classical Latin scutum, shield: so named from the inscription on the obverse
- The former primary unit of currency in Portugal.
Origin of escudoPortugueseSpanish shield, escudo from Latin scūtum shield ; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
From Portuguese escudo (“shield”)
escudo - Investment & Finance Definition
The currency unit of Cape Verde, comprised of 100 centavos.