This exhibition explored 56 rare and historically significant artifacts from the Museum's National Numismatic Collection—more than half of which had never been on view or had not been displayed for many years. Coins, bills, medals and captivating oddities—such as pattern designs, fantasy coins and homemade clam shell money from the Great Depression—were on display.
This exhibition featured:
- 1913 Liberty Head nickel, one of the most celebrated 20th-Century coins
- 1877 U.S. $50 (“Half Union”) patterns, the largest U.S. coin ever struck
- 1849 Double Eagle ($20), a significant reminder of the California gold rush
- 1652 Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling
- 1906 Barber pattern Double Eagle
- and the 1907 Saint-Gaudens Ultra High Relief Double Eagle, often considered to be among America’s most beautiful coins.
History, at times, gives some coins or notes special significance, and this money becomes legendary. Unlike money that changes hands daily, legendary coins and currency are larger than life. The Legendary Coins & Currency Web site provides details about the 50+ coins in the exhibition. View Web site Recommended: Flash