New money exhibit features people and buildings

This 1910 banknote in the princely sum of 20 colons came from the private Banco Comercial de Costa Rica.

Dig in your pocket, take out the local currency, and you will find in the palm of your hand history of important Costa Rican reformers and politicians who were declared Beneméritos de la Patria by the Costa Rican legislative Assembly, as well as Costa Rican landmarks, national plants and national animals.

From 1860 to now, coins and banknotes have featured not only important figures but architectural works that include churches, banks, and other public institutions.

The Museos del Banco Central will open an exhibition July 28, that allows patrons to learn more about Costa Rican history through the architecture depicted on the country’s money.

“The exhibition allows us to know those
architectural elements that have been important in different time periods and that are part of the material and cultural heritage of our society,” said Manuel Chacón, curator of numismatics at the Museos del Banco Central.

Named A+N, Architectura en la numismática costarricense, the interactive exhibit will allow visitors to learn about different languages, identify the 29 buildings that are represented, and determine the location and current status of each building.

Some of the architectural structures will be central bank, the national library and the Universidad de Costa Rica. Also included will be the city of Barva, the ruins of Cartago and churches in Orosi and Heredia.

All parts of the exhibition will be in the temporary showroom on the first level. The museums are under the Plaza de la Cultura in the center of San José.

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