Medals

Medals

The medals on display in Rooms 12, 13 and 14 are works of art, similar in shape and composition to coins - round and made of metal. They are either smelted or minted. In their design they respond to the same tendencies in other arts of their time.

Room 12 displays the models for the Lions on the Cibeles Fountain, together with other models from the period.

In the centre of Room 13, between the two rows of plaster figures, is a wheel press. These machines served to mint coins and medals. As can be seen, the mechanism uses a screw,that, when turned with force, causes the two dies to strike the blank, disk or piece of metal placed between them, resulting in a print or mint. Its silhouette has become the logo of our Museum.

In Room 14, devoted to Spanish coins in the second half of the 20th century, there is a display of the medal and models of the successive winners of the Tomás Francisco Prieto Prize, awarded by FNMT.