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  • UNESCO Commemorative Medals

    Since 1966, UNESCO’s Philatelic and Numismatic Programme has issued two series of commemorative medals:

    World Heritage
    The first series illustrates remarkable monuments and sites of humanity’s cultural and natural heritage that are threatened with destruction, and UNESCO's efforts at an international level to save them. Some, like the Nubia and Borobudur campaigns, are among UNESCO’s biggest success stories in the preservation and restoration of monuments. Also included are other heritage sites that UNESCO wishes to highlight.

    Anniversaries and Historic Events
    The second series relates to anniversaries of outstanding persons and historic events. UNESCO has been given the task by its General Conference of focusing public attention on these dates, on the basis of proposals put forward by Member States, with the aim of contributing to better international understanding.

    Some 55 medals have been issued so far. With the exception of a few, the medals are struck in gold, silver and bronze, most of them by the Paris Mint, and sold in a presentation box with a stand, only at the UNESCO Giftshop. We regret to inform you that we are unable to process mail orders and online sales.

    Photo N° 1: French film producer Pierre Rissient receiving the Fellini Medal from UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and UNESCO Artist for Peace Marisa Berenson, 25 November 2002.
    © UNESCO/Niamh Burke

    Photo N° 2: The UNESCO Giftshop
    © UNESCO/Michel Ravassard



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