Galleries and Exhibitions

The Value of Money exhibition vault door entrance

The Value of Money

Monetary objects are powerful sources for exploring the past. The Value of Money connects American history to global histories of exchange, cultural interaction and expression, political change, and innovation through objects from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Numismatic Collection.

This exhibition examines the origins of money, new monetary technologies, the political and cultural messages money conveys, numismatic art and design, and the practice of collecting money. The Value of Money features more than 400 objects from our national money collection representing every inhabited continent and spanning more than 3,000 years.

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Virtual Exhibits

The following virtual exhibits are based on exhibitions that appeared in the Hall of Money and Medals at the National Museum of American History, which was deinstalled in 2004. Some are also the result of former traveling exhibits that appeared at various venues across the United States.

A short numismatic history

The Coinage of Spain 
Coinage in Spain from the earliest times to the present

The Double Eagle 
The History of the $20 U.S. gold coin, 1849–1933

Life in Ancient Greece Reflected in the Coinage of Corinth 
Featured in the Virtual Exhibitions section of the National Museum of American History site

Numismatic Art Comes of Age: The Coins of the Demareteion Master
Recent donation of an extremely rare and important series of Ancient Greek coins

Parthia: The Forgotten Empire
The history of Parthia illustrated through its coinage

Recent Donations of Outstanding U.S. Rarities 
Including one of the most coveted U.S. coin rarities, the 1804 silver dollar

Russian Coins and Medals
The Willis H. du Pont–Georgii Mikhailovich Collection

Surviving Images, Forgotten People
Native Americans, Women, and African Americans on Early U.S. Bank Notes

Your Money in Transition
The evolution of American money from gold coins to credit cards.

Legendary Coins and Currency
Historic and rare coins from the National Numismatic Collection