Central Bank opens exhibition on religious culture in numismatics and philately

The central bank opened the exhibition ‘Religious culture in Dominican numismatics and philately‘, in the temporary exhibition room of the Numismatic and Philatelic Museum, as part of the commemoration of the 178th anniversary of National Independence, and in commemoration of the centenary of the canonical coronation of the Virgin of Altagracia.

The governor of the BCRD, Héctor Valdez Albizu, stated that “these historical pieces show our patrimonial heritage, both numismatic and philatelic, as well as the recognition of national values that led to the conquest of national sovereignty, united to our religious faith”.

In this activity, organized by the Cultural Department of the BCRD, they show, among other outstanding pieces of Dominican numismatics and philately, coins that evoke the first visit to the country of Pope John Paul II in 1979, as well as the Third Millennium of Christianity and Colonial Churches series, both with designs approved by Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez. These coins appear next to the 50 Dominican peso bill with the effigy of the Basilica of Higüey on its reverse.

In addition, the exhibition allows to observe a variety of postage stamps in which the Discovery of America, the Sanctuary and the Basilica of Higüey, the coronation of the Virgin of Altagracia, the Virgins of America, the International Marian Congress of 1965, the visit to the country of Juan Paul II in 1984 and the Jubilee of the year 2000.

Valdez Albizu pointed out that “the rooting in our people of religious cultures, in which Our Lady of Altagracia plays a fundamental role, whose first coronation was carried out by Pope Pius XI on August 15, 1922.”

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He added that in his book Votive offerings, promises and miracles of the Virgin of Altagraciapublished in the collection of the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic and dedicated to our protector, the author, Monsignor Hugo Polanco Brito, says that the Saint Nicholas Hospitalof which only ruins remain today, was a hut where the chapel of Our Lady of Altagracia is todaywho was a “pious black woman who collected the poor she could and cured them according to her possibilities, because there was no hospitality in the city”.

He pointed out that the current image of the Virgin, venerated in the Church of Altagracia in the city of Santo Domingo, is from the 17th or 18th century. “It was retouched in 1955 by the Spanish painter Juan Albert, as stated by Don Julio de la Rocha Báez, devout Altagracian and father of the deputy governor of the BCRD, in his 1956 work: «Our Lady of Altagracia through history»

The exhibition will remain open until March 22, 2022being accessible to the general public on the third floor of the former headquarters of the Central Bank, on Pedro Henríquez Ureña Avenue corner Leopoldo Navarro in Gascue, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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