Luis Frois, SJ
PORTUGAL, 1997, the 4th centenary of the death of Frois, Scott 2165-67
MACAO, 1997, Scott 878-879
Luis Frois was born in Lisbon, and, entering the Jesuits in 1548, went to Goa and began his studies at the newly founded college of St. Paul in Goa. He was ordained in 1561 and in 1563 sailed for Japan. On his arrival in Kyoto, Frois met with both the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshiteru and more frequently with the daimyo Nobunaga who was supportive of his missionary work. At the urging of the mission supervisor Alessandro Valignano he began to compile his History of Japan, which provides much information about Japan and the Jesuit mission from 1549 to 1593. After Christian priests were ordered to be expelled, he went to Macao (he is pictured on two stamps above in front of St. Paul's) but returned to Japan to die. Portugal marked Frois' 400th anniversary on June 9, 1997, the same day it marked the same anniversary for Jesuits Antonio Vieira and José de Anchieta. More
PORTUGAL, 1997, FDI cancel for Portugal and Macao common issue, Scott 2165-67
Frois has also been commemorated in coinage.
PORTUGAL issued a 200 escudo coin in 1997 to honor the 4th centenary of Frois' death in copper-nickel [KM 698], silver [KM 698a] and gold [KM 698b].
Courtesy of Don's World Coin Gallery