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Numão Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Numão, Concelho de Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Distrito da Guarda

Last modified: 2015-09-05 by klaus-michael schneider
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[ commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 17 May 2010
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a background quartered of yellow and red (town rank).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 May 2010

Coat of arms

[Numão commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 17 May 2010

The arms are Argent, a hand proper, in dexter chief a towered tower Purpure masoned Or with port and windows Or, in sinister chief a bunch of grapes Gules leaved Vert. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "NUMÃO".
While "numão" has no evident meaning in morning Portuguese, "mão" means "hand" and the arms may thus be canting for that, as a pun or not. The official blazon calls for red grapes (and that's how this colour can be used on the flag), but Sérgio Horta uses purple.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 May 2010

Are you sure about the colour of the grapes? They are depicted rather Purpure; I guess real red grapes aren't all that red either.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 20 May 2010

Well, it is heraldic stylization. Portuguese subnational arms abound in grapes, but those are mostly Purpure, some times Argent; there are only a few instances of Or (and Vert?), but I can remember only another case of Gules that is so variantly depicted but blazoned Argent: Arruda dos Vinhos Municipality.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 May 2010

Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série in 1996.11.27.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 May 2010

Presentation of Numão

Numão Commune is one of the 14 communes of Vila Nova de Foz Côa Municipality (q.v.); it had 311 inhabitants in 2001 and covers 22,87 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 May 2010

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