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Valuable Pieces of American History Go On Display in Uruguay

Museum displays collection of American coins

Posted: August 31, 2005

American coins from the Colonial period to the Civil War with corresponding historical timeline on display at the Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda in Montevideo, August 23 - September 16, 2005. (U.S. Embassy photo by Pedro Gonzalez)

Collection of American coins from the Colonial period to the Civil War, with corresponding historical timeline, on display at the Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda in Montevideo, August 23 - September 16, 2005.

Juan Jose Cladera, Director of Banco Republica, Linda Gonzalez, U.S. Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission, Carlos Souto, Director of Marketing for Banco Republica, Winston Casal, Museum Curator, and Jorge Doldan, Museum Director. (U.S. Embassy photo by Pedro Gonzalez)

Juan Jose Cladera, Director of Banco Republica, Linda Gonzalez, U.S. Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission, Carlos Souto, Director of Marketing for Banco Republica, Winston Casal, Museum Curator, and Jorge Doldan, Museum Director.

Elizabeth Topping, Linda Gonzalez and Amanda Cordones from the U.S. Embassys Cultural Affairs Office, with Deputy Minister of Education and Culture Felipe Michelini. (U.S. Embassy photo by Pedro Gonzalez)

Elizabeth Topping, Linda Gonzalez and Amanda Cordones from the U.S. Embassy's Cultural Affairs Office, with Deputy Minister of Education and Culture Felipe Michelini.

Under the auspices of U.S. Embassy, a large collection of American coins from the Colonial period to the Civil War was put on display August 23, 2005 by the Banco Republica and El Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda in Montevideo.

The Embassy's Information Resource Center (IRC) completed the research to help construct the well illustrated and elaborate historical timeline which is exhibited with the coins. The exhibit shows how the great trends of U.S. history are reflected in the currency from the growing independence of the colonies, to the competing state currencies of the new nation, to the celebration of a more perfect union after the Constitutional Convention and finally the trauma of the civil war.

The exhibit highlights the great figures of the period: Washington, Jackson and Lincoln. There is also a display on the evolution of the American symbol, the eagle, and many coins issued during the periods of depression in the 19th Century in the value of goods, anything from coal to umbrellas.

From Montevideo the exhibit will move to several cities in the interior where many school groups will view the exhibit. The Director of the museum, Dr. Jorge Doldan emphasized the role of the exhibit in showing comparisons in the developments of Uruguay and the United States as independent nations.

REMARKS BY U.S. EMBASSY'S A/DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION LINDA GONZALEZ DURING THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY:

Museos del Gaucho y de la Moneda, Montevideo
August 23, 2005

(delivered in Spanish)

"En nombre de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América quiero agradecer a todos por estar acompañándonos esta noche en la inauguración de esta exposición.

"Quisiera destacar también nuestro agradecimiento a las autoridades del Banco de la República, así como a los responsables de este magnífico trabajo de investigación y montaje -me estoy refiriendo al personal del Museo del Gaucho y la Moneda- que tanto han trabajado para que esta exposición dejara de ser una simple exposición de monedas, para transformarse en una viva clase de historia. Confío en que esta muestra será no solamente disfrutable para el público en general, sino también muy interesante para las escuelas, que espero puedan aprovechar esta magnífica oportunidad.

"Para la Embajada de los Estados Unidos ha sido un verdadero privilegio poder trabajar conuntamente con el Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda."

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