The Mediterranean Games medals look like a roman coin, a symbol of the return of Tarragona to the ancient sport competitions
Tarragona 2018 medals present a peculiar trait: the irregular form of an old Roman coin. It symbolises the return to the ‘arena’ centuries after, a reference to the sport competitions practised in the city in Roman times. These days they ‘return’ to the city during the celebration of the XVIII Mediterranean Games. This idea can be read in the back side of the medal, in the Latin inscription ‘reditum arenam’, and accompanied by a Roman chariot driven by an auriga and two horses. The front side displays Tarragona 2018 official logo and the official naming of the Mediterranean Games in five languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French and Arabic.
Finally, the arches where the medal is held to the ribbon represent the arches of the Aqueduct de les Ferreres, commonly known as Pont del Diable, and the decorative circular details of both sides are inspired in the ancient geometrical forms found in coins and mosaics. The ribbon includes the official logo and the official naming of the Games in five languages.