The Value of Money

The Value of Money in the Gallery of Numismatics will delve into the National Numismatic Collection – one of the Smithsonian’s oldest and most treasured collections – to uncover stories related to the origins, artistry, allure messages and transformation of money. It will showcase more than 400 objects from the NNC, some of which are among the rarest in the world.

This exhibition will explore the many ways that money is and has been valuable to our society throughout history. It will look at money as a medium of exchange, a recorder of historical developments and change, a fascinating collectible, a measure of social standing, and as a medium for displaying national symbols and representative art.