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History of Coins in Costa Rica

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[:en]Images on coins may be studied and interpreted to find out more about the background at the time of their creation and circulation. The political changes, as well as given economic circumstances, made for very peculiar coins in Costa Rica, from 1821 to1850. These coins were aimed at constructing the ideals of each political project. Thus, different ruling groups during this period attempted to impose their state views, crystallized in the so-called “national symbols,” such as the coat of arms, which was typically engraved on coins.[:]

[:en]Images on coins may be studied and interpreted to find out more about the background at the time of their creation and circulation. The political changes, as well as given economic circumstances, made for very peculiar coins in Costa Rica, from 1821 to1850. These coins were aimed at constructing the ideals of each political project. Thus, different ruling groups during this period attempted to impose their state views, crystallized in the so-called “national symbols,” such as the coat of arms, which was typically engraved on coins.[:]

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The History of the Mint of Costa Rica 

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[:en]Mints — facilities in charge of manufacturing coins — are very important because they provide a country with the currency needed for commercial transactions. The first Mint of Costa Rica was founded in 1825 as a provisional institution. Located in Alajuela, it was first called “Ingenio San José de los Horcones.” It is here that the first gold coins in Costa Rica were minted.[:]

[:en]Mints — facilities in charge of manufacturing coins — are very important because they provide a country with the currency needed for commercial transactions. The first Mint of Costa Rica was founded in 1825 as a provisional institution. Located in Alajuela, it was first called “Ingenio San José de los Horcones.” It is here that the first gold coins in Costa Rica were minted.[:]

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Cocoa and Coins in Costa Rica

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[:en]Cocoa as a trade good in Costa Rica before Spanish arrival. The territory now known as Costa Rica was occupied by groups organized into cacicazgos, or extents of land ruled by indigenous leaders.[:]

[:en]Cocoa as a trade good in Costa Rica before Spanish arrival. The territory now known as Costa Rica was occupied by groups organized into cacicazgos, or extents of land ruled by indigenous leaders.[:]

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The History of Tokens in Costa Rica 

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[:en]Tokens were not unique to Costa Rica, They were also used in other countries of the American continent, such as Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba, El Salvador, México, Argentina, and Colombia, among others, y son conocidos genéricamente como "fichas" o "Tokens".[:]

[:en]Tokens were not unique to Costa Rica, They were also used in other countries of the American continent, such as Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba, El Salvador, México, Argentina, and Colombia, among others, y son conocidos genéricamente como "fichas" o "Tokens".[:]

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Study of Costa Rican History as Told by the Images on Banknotes

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[:en]The study of material culture allows for the discovery of a society's beliefs, aspirations, and values at a given time. Objects symbolize, represent and recreate the ideas of the individuals and societies that produced them. From the time of Mesopotamian seals, image production has been linked to art and economy, as well as the desire of the ruling class to depict their world view in their documents. Coins and banknotes are an example of the link between image, economy and politics.[:]

[:en]The study of material culture allows for the discovery of a society's beliefs, aspirations, and values at a given time. Objects symbolize, represent and recreate the ideas of the individuals and societies that produced them. From the time of Mesopotamian seals, image production has been linked to art and economy, as well as the desire of the ruling class to depict their world view in their documents. Coins and banknotes are an example of the link between image, economy and politics.[:]

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Pre-Columbian Sounds Come  Alive

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[:en]Nature was not only responsible for the resources necessary for the survival of ancient civilizations 1,700 years ago. It was also a source of inspiration for the objects, now archaeological remains, that allow us to hear the sounds of Costa Rican ancestors.[:]

[:en]Nature was not only responsible for the resources necessary for the survival of ancient civilizations 1,700 years ago. It was also a source of inspiration for the objects, now archaeological remains, that allow us to hear the sounds of Costa Rican ancestors.[:]

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Dreaming Rose

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[:en]Born in Perú, Cecilia Paredes Polack (1950) has lived in Lima, Mexico City, Rome, Costa Rica –where she lived for 24 years‒ and the United States of America, where she currently resides. La ensoñación de Rosa or Dreaming Rose is part of the Paisajes series, a collection of works that deal with the immigration phenomenon from the artist's personal perspective.[:]

[:en]Born in Perú, Cecilia Paredes Polack (1950) has lived in Lima, Mexico City, Rome, Costa Rica –where she lived for 24 years‒ and the United States of America, where she currently resides. La ensoñación de Rosa or Dreaming Rose is part of the Paisajes series, a collection of works that deal with the immigration phenomenon from the artist's personal perspective.[:]

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Cabeza pensamiento

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[:en]Cabeza pensamiento belongs to the Cabezas-pensamiento series, which in time have become a symbol of his work. In them, the artist has found a simple way to expand his research on the expressive possibilities of sculpting materials. This simplicity of form is counterbalanced by the ample meaning of the word cabeza (“head,” in English). It is with good reason that this image appears in artistic expressions of a vast number of cultural groups from the birth of humanity until or days, leading Badilla to employ it to set forth his thoughts on the human condition.[:]

[:en]Cabeza pensamiento belongs to the Cabezas-pensamiento series, which in time have become a symbol of his work. In them, the artist has found a simple way to expand his research on the expressive possibilities of sculpting materials. This simplicity of form is counterbalanced by the ample meaning of the word cabeza (“head,” in English). It is with good reason that this image appears in artistic expressions of a vast number of cultural groups from the birth of humanity until or days, leading Badilla to employ it to set forth his thoughts on the human condition.[:]

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Cementerio de Escazú

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[:en]Dinorah Bolandi (1923-2004) has a privileged place in Costa Rican art history for her signature drawings, paintings and photographs, as well as for her accomplishments as a graphic designer and teacher. The Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica oversees the largest and most significant state collection of Dinorah Bolandi's works, made up of 272 drawings and 3 oil paintings. Cementerio de Escazú is a valuable example of this artist's pictorial work. First, it shows one of the motifs in which her pictorial research was focused: landscapes.[:]

[:en]Dinorah Bolandi (1923-2004) has a privileged place in Costa Rican art history for her signature drawings, paintings and photographs, as well as for her accomplishments as a graphic designer and teacher. The Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica oversees the largest and most significant state collection of Dinorah Bolandi's works, made up of 272 drawings and 3 oil paintings. Cementerio de Escazú is a valuable example of this artist's pictorial work. First, it shows one of the motifs in which her pictorial research was focused: landscapes.[:]

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