Galleries and Exhibitions
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.
- 1.5 ton vault door to greet visitors in the new Gallery of Numismatics
- In Numismatics, it’s cool to be Square
- Three gold rarities that escaped the melting pot
- Collecting the present: partnering with researchers to document new developments in money
- A general’s coins and Japanese restoration
- What is innovation in money today?
- Art from money: Paper money origami
- Let them eat dollars: Hyperinflation from revolutionary France to Zimbabwe
Stories on Money
featuring “Women on Money”
- Women on Money
- Women’s Work: Depictions of Idealized Women and Labor on Paper Currency
- Women in Gold: Powerful Empresses on Byzantine Coins
- Suffragists: From campaigns to currency
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