WHO has received and issued medals and coins throughout its history. They are issued to reward good deeds and to commemorate significant achievements. The collection contains a selection of these items which record the different landmark occasions commemorated by WHO. A few examples are presented below.
- Medals of the Permanent Committee of the Office International d'Hygiène Publique (OIHP)
- Medals awarded to WHO: "Bernadotte" awarded by the League of Red Cross Societies in 1950, and the "Adolfo Lutz", a médal awarded by Brazil in 1966
- Commemorative medals issued by WHO to commemorate the inauguration of the new Headquarters building in 1966, the 25th anniversary of WHO in 1973 and the eradication of smallpox in 1980
- Medals awarded by WHO: Léon Bernard Foundation Prize, Dr Parisod Foundation medal, Dr Shousha Foundation Prize