Status of the "Money and Medals" F.A.O. Programme

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by mlov43, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. mlov43

    mlov43 주화 수집가 Supporter

    I asked a representative from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization about the current status of the Money and Medals programme that got all those countries over the years to put food-related designs on their coinage and medals. The M&M program started in 1968, but I was not sure about when it ended, if it had ended, only rumors that it had stopped. A user here I think told me it closed down in 2004.

    So, I asked the FAO!

    Here is the first reply that I got from the FAO:

    "Thank you for your interest in FAO and the Money and Medals Programme. I am the only one still working in FAO that worked on for many years with the programme. Unfortunately, it closed down about 7 years ago [that would have been 2011]. FAO is not selling or dealing with any medals or coins."

    And then the representative got back to me later after asking around some more:

    "Please kindly note I have been informed from the Legal office of the following:
    'The Money and Medals Programme has not been actively advertised over the past years, it is our understanding from a review of the records that the Programme has not been officially closed.'"

    Well, that clears that up. I guess it hasn't closed down, they just aren't promoting it any more!
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  3. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    I like the hands.
  4. V. Kurt Bellman

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  5. Stork

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    My favorite of the FAO series.

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  6. mlov43

    mlov43 주화 수집가 Supporter

    Ah.... yeah, uh, I guess that's "food!"
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  7. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Supporter

    Interesting news. :) This is a (short) earlier topic about the program, from a couple of years ago where I posted a link to an image database compiled by Harold Angel (Angielczyk), then in charge of the program. Unfortunately that link - at least the guest access - does not work any more.

    But of course there are other coins about fighting hunger, such as this one (Germany 2012) or that one (Italy 2004; the other side is the common reverse). And many more, just not as a FAO program ...

    As for the piece from Poland, they made quite a lot of money with such próba issues in those years - not actually coins but "alternative" designs. :)

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  9. FAO Medal Collector

    FAO Medal Collector New Member

    I am also interested in the medals. I have 2 FAO World Food Day medal dated 2011, one in bronze, one in silver. I’d be interested in obtaining medals I don’t have.
  10. mlov43

    mlov43 주화 수집가 Supporter

    The Medals are all now in private hands and out in the market, I guess, so you won't find any more being issued by FAO. At least according to what they told me. Visit eBay or perhaps a retailer that specialises in medals...
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