July 2012

The Medallion,

A Remembrance of The Past

For those who are fond of history, they are well aware that it can be found anywhere, especially in money. of course, money is involved in the daily lives of almost every working human being but does one generally wonder about its past? the círculo numismático de cochabamba, consisting of seven members, not only has a passion for collecting all sorts of coins, but also in gaining an understanding of their history. under the numismatic President roberto Flores, and the other members, william camacho, steven 6 viljoen, Edwin hermosa, victor Borda, Luis cáceres, and Luis calderón, the group was founded in 2010. these individuals possess the knowledge and passion regarding historical currency as well as the commemorative medallion presented at the casona santivañez museum.

By: Carlos Tinoco
Projects Abroad Volunteer
Miami, Florida – United States

Medallion commemorating the 200th anniversary of Heroinas de la Coronilla
Photo: Ximena Noya

Purpose of medallion

For family members of the women who fought at the Coronilla, it is an honor to purchase and possess a commemorative object such as this medallion. For that Purpose of medallion The medallion, which was officially presented on May 22nd of 2012, is not only a collectable but contains much historical significance as well. The purpose of the medallion’s existence extends far beyond its use as a brooch. There is much historical importance represented by the medallion, which commemorates the 200th year anniversary of the Heroinas de la Coronilla. It is the women’s courage and resistance in that battle at Cochabamba that led to the date of the 27th of May being celebrated as Mother’s Day in Bolivia.

For family members of the women who fought at the Coronilla, it is an honor to purchase and possess a commemorative object such as this medallion. For that reason, the 1,500 medallions that were created are a limited edition. Whether one prefers to keep it at home or to wear it as a brooch, the medallion’s presence serves as a remembrance of Cochabamba’s past and the bravery of the women that once fought for and defended this land.

Close up of the commemorative medallion
Photo: Ximena Noya

How it was made and its success

Choosing a design for the medallion involved a three month process during the months of March and May. The Universidad Mayor de San Simón - UMSS played a large role in helping choose the design. Through cooperation between Círculo Numismático and the University’s department of graphic design, a contest was set in place for formulating designs to fulfill the medallion’s purpose of commemorating the battle’s 200th year anniversary. Designs were created based on slogans such as “200 años de valentía”. Having these mottos in mind, logotypes were made representing the slogan. After these two steps, the chosen design would be incorporated onto the medallion.

Once the contest reached an end, the design of a student named Henry Flores Maturano was chosen. The unique aspect about his design was that, unlike the other 20 participants, his was completely elaborated by his own creativity. The other designs, on the other hand, incorporated existing paintings of the Heroinas de La Coronilla. Maturano´s design was chosen by the Círculo Numismático in cooperation with other institutions.

According to the president of the Circulo Numismatico, many are pleased with the medallion because they are aware of the hard work put into making it. One of the group members stated that sacrifices had to be made in order to make the medallion a reality.

Despite a lack of official interest and financial support, they were able to solicit some highly appreciated aid 7 from a few businesses. The bulk of the financing, however, came from the members themselves.

Members of the Círculo Numismático de Cochabamba
Photo: Carlos Tinoco

One of the members further explained that numismatic groups in neighboring countries, for example Argentina, usually receive financial help from institutions such as banks. Despite the lack of financial aid, the Círculo Numismático feels very proud of their achieved success with the commemorative medallion.

Description/ characteristics of medallion

The characteristics of the medallion are as follows: It is 3 millimeters in thickness and weighs 33.70 grams. In diameter, it is 40 millimeters. Similar to a 5 Boliviano This represents the landscape of Cochabamba, the setting in which this battle took place. According to Roberto Flores, the mountains stand for the location known as La Coronilla.

Medallions in the Círculo Numismático’s collection
Photo: Carlos Tinoco

Thirdly, a continuous spiral can be 8 seen surrounding the center image of the medallion. If observed closely, it can be noted that the spiral is a continuous repetition of the number 200. The importance of this is that it has been 200 years since the courageous resistance that took place in Cochabamba against Goyoneche’s army.Ever since its creation in 2010, the Círculo Numismático has been growing at a fast pace, and is expected to continue to do so. This growth is a result of their hard work, achievements, and most importantly, their unison with one another. In fact, members of the group revealed that much of their success has been due to their unity. In order to maintain the survival of the Círculo Numismático, they feel it is necessary to gather often in order to prevent distancing themselves from one another. On that note, their unity and risk-taking valor have proven to bring them much success.


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