DOMINICAN REPUBLIC silver medal (1976?)


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, medal, no date (1976?), Obverse: bust 1/4 L, JUAN PABLO DUARTE PADRE DE LA PATRIA 1813 1876 F J, Reverse: flower, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA FILORIA FLOR DE LOS TRINITARIOS 925, logo, Edge: plain, silver, 39mm, 24.12g, AU-Unc

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Trinitario was the name of the Dominican revolutionary group that met at the home of Pablo Duarte. The medal is part of a series honoring heroes of the Revolution.

There are two kinds of things that are called “medals.” One is things that look like coins but don’t express a value. Sometimes those medals are considerably larger than most coins. The other kind of medal is a metal thing designed to be displayed on one’s chest, often a reward for something, often in a military context. If the medal is small enough it is sometimes called a “medallet.”

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.