About the exhibition 

What is a medal, and what is its purpose? What stories lie behind these objects? What is the difference between a coin and a medal? These are some of the questions that our recent, numismatic exhibition titled History of Medals can answer. 

This exhibit has over 140 medals issued from the 20th century until present; it is the first exhibition held in Costa Rica with regards to these types of objects. It aims at bringing the visitors closer to the anecdotes and historical contexts behind them, as well as showcasing the different types and designs there are.

The exhibition includes institutional, military, sport, masonic, award, and historical event insignia, among other categories, which makes it quite varied and remarkable for any follower of the different fields. 

These are some of the historic events showcased in this temporal exhibition: the 100th Year of Independence of Costa Rica; a homage to Pancha Carrasco, a national heroine; Clodomiro Picado’s scientific contribution; the declaration of Coco’s Island National Park as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO; and a medal awarded to the player Pelé during his visit to Costa Rica in 1959.

History of Medals opens a space to milestones and individuals of significant importance throughout history, both nationally and internationally; therefore, it allows the public to understand their value for our country and particularly for those who received them.

What is a medal, and what is its purpose? What stories lie behind these objects? What is the difference between a coin and a medal? These are some of the questions that our recent, numismatic exhibition titled History of Medals can answer.