ECUADOR bronze Cental Bank in Guayaquil medal 1987


ECUADOR, medal, 1987, Obverse: Indian mask, BANCO CENTRAL DEL ECUADOR REGION 2, Reverse: building, 1927 SEXAGESIMO ANNIVERSARIO 1987 SUCURSA MAYOR GUAYAQUIL, yellow bronze, antiqued & laquered, 59mm, Unc

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A number of commemorative medals were made in Ecuador during the 19th and 20th centuries, though not as many as in some other Latin American countries.

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.