Coins, Currency, and Medals
The Museum possesses one of the largest numismatic collections in the world. The collections include over 1 million objects, comprising coins, medals, decorations, and pieces of paper money. Among the many great rarities here are some of the world’s oldest coins, created 2,700 years ago. But the collection also includes the latest innovations in electronic monetary exchange, as well as beads, wampum, and other commodities once used as money. A special strength lies in artifacts that illustrate the development of money and medals in the United States. The American section includes many rare and significant coins, such as two of three known examples of the world's most valuable coin, the 1933 double eagle $20 gold piece.
"Coins, Currency, and Medals - Overview" showing 1 items.
- Description (Brief)
- Knights of Pythias double-sided cloth badge. One side features blue, yellow, and red vertical stripes with silver letters and gold tassels and the words "Lakeside Lodge, No. 367 K. of P. Collinwood, Ohio." The celluloid and metal badge bar features various Masonic symbols. A celluloid medallion with cloth ribbon and metal frame is attached. The medallion has a coat of arms featuring the letters "FBC," which stand for "friendship, charity, and benevolence." Ribbon embroidered "Chas W. Hammond." Back side of badge is black with 'In Memoriam" in silver print featuring a coat of arms. A Whitehead & Hoag paper label is between the ribbons.
- Currently not on view
- Whitehead & Hoag Company
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center