Until 19-09-2021

Money, Faith and Politics: coins and medals from the Vatican

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Money, Faith and Politics: coins and medals from the Vatican

The dialogue between the objects of the Vatican Library, Banco de Portugal and those of several Portuguese collections suggested four great subjects that embody an historically discontinuous but stimulating journey: money in the world of the Gospels, the coin issues of the Holy See, the political and diplomatic relations between Portugal and the Holy See and finally the role of coins and medals in the urban munificence of popes and kings.

Take a virtual look of the four rooms that make up the exhibition in the following videos.
Only in Portuguese.

Information

Temporary exhibition
Money, Faith and Politics: coins and medals from the Vatican
From November 12 2020 to May 16 2021 - EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 19 2021

For more informations contact us at info@museudodinheiro.pt or +351 213 213 240

1. Money, Faith and Politics: history of papal coinage

Join us to know some of the coins and medals of the room dedicated to papal coinage, and discover how the popes, inspired by the Romans, immortalized in their coins and medals some of their most important acts.

Information

Temporary exhibition
Money, Faith and Politics: coins and medals from the Vatican
From November 12 2020 to May 16 2021 - EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 19

For more informations contact us at info@museudodinheiro.pt or +351 213 213 240

2. Money, Faith and Politics: foundational ceremonies and urbanism

In the room dedicated to foundational ceremonies and urbanism discover coins and medals representative of the act of laying the first stone, the consecration of a building, the deposit of objects in the foundations of a new construction.

Only in Portuguese.

Information

Temporary exhibition
Money, Faith and Politics: coins and medals from the Vatican
From November 12 2020 to May 16 2021 - EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 19

For more informations contact us at info@museudodinheiro.pt or +351 213 213 240

3. Money, Faith and Politics: money and the world of the Gospels

Based on the synoptic Gospels and the currencies circulating at the time, we show in the room the way in which money, religion and politics overlapped in the world when Christianity was born.

Information

Temporary exhibition
Money, Faith and Politics: coins and medals from the Vatican
From November 12 2020 to May 16 2021 - EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 19

For more informations contact us at info@museudodinheiro.pt or +351 213 213 240

4. Money, Faith and Politics: Portugal and the Holy See

Exploring this room and coming in contact with coins, medals, documents and also works of art, we go through several episodes that marked Portugal's relationship with the Holy See, from the nation’s birth to the event of Fátima.

Only in Portuguese.

Information

Temporary exhibition
Money, Faith and Politics: coins and medals from the Vatican
From November 12 2020 to May 16 2021 - EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 19

For more informations contact us at info@museudodinheiro.pt or +351 213 213 240

Money, Faith and Politics: coins and medals from the Vatican

Money, faith and politics are inescapable areas of both individual and collective existence. They account for some of the most powerful motivations of human agency. As history shows, the combination between money, religion and power — an alternative formulation of the initial triad — was able to generate the most remarkable, but also the most terrible achievements. In fact, it’s not without reason that people say ‘money is power’ and talk about the ’power of faith’.

The possibility of exhibiting coins and medals from the outstanding collection of the Vatican Apostolic Library created a special opportunity to reflect upon the interaction of these three dimensions. Unsurprisingly, Portugal and the Holy See will be in the spotlight.

The dialogue between the objects of the Vatican Library, Banco de Portugal and those of several Portuguese collections suggested four great subjects that embody an historically discontinuous but stimulating journey: money in the world of the Gospels, the coin issues of the Holy See, the political and diplomatic relations between Portugal and the Holy See and finally the role of coins and medals in the urban munificence of popes and kings.

The present exhibition is the fulfilment of a project originally scheduled for April 2020. The difficult situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic forced the temporary suspension of the venture. However, thanks to the joint effort of all involved entities, it is now possible to bring before the public a unique journey about coins in their historical relation with religion and power.

The Money Museum - Bank of Portugal would like to thank especially to José Tolentino Mendonça, the main promoterof this project, a personality of Portuguese culture, Cardinal of the Holy See and Director of the Vatican Apostolic Library, with whom this exhibition is organized.

Information

Temporary exhibition
Money, Faith and Politics: coins and medals from the Vatican
From November 12 2020 to May 16 2021 - EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 19

For more informations contact us at info@museudodinheiro.pt or +351 213 213 240

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