The National Numismatic Collection is dedicated to inspiring and educating a new generation of coin and currency enthusiasts.


Numismatic Discovery Cart

During your visit to the museum we hope you will enjoy the Numismatic Discovery Cart outside The Value of Money exhibition. Access to the cart is subject to docent availability.

Currency or Counterfeit?


This hands-on cart will encourage visitors to think like collectors and hone their observation skills as they use sight, smell, touch, and hearing to distinguish counterfeit coins and banknotes from genuine currency, and learn about the ways in which artisans, experts, and even criminals have innovated new ways to make and fake currency from colonial America to the present day. 

Visitors engaging with this cart will:

  • use their sense of sight, smell, touch, and hearing to observe coins and notes like numismatists, including getting hands-on experience with tools of the trade
  • identify different strategies to determine if notes and coins are counterfeit or genuine
  • learn numismatic terminology including obverse, reverse, edge, die, and strike


Object of the month


1 Dollar, Taiwan, China, 1837

This Chinese (Taiwan) one dollar coin is also called the “Old Man Dollar.” It is an example of one of China’s earliest silver coins and was chopmarked to validate its use as currency. Click here to see the full record!


Links to other numismatic resources

United States Mint

o   Learn

o   For kids

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

o   The U.S. Currency Education Program

o   Meaningful Access Program

American Numismatic Association

o   Getting Started in Coin Collecting

o   Young Numismatists

American Numismatic Society

Society of Paper Money Collectors

Medal Collectors of America

The British Museum, Department of Coins and Medals

o   The Citi Money Gallery Education Programme


For teachers

Money Makers activity for grades K-4

Designing Money activity for grades K-4

Escape from Barter Islands activity for grades K-4