Ellen Feingold

Ellen Feingold

Curator of the National Numismatic Collection

B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison, History 
MSc., University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College), Economic and Social History
D.Phil., University of Oxford (Merton College), History

Research Specialties: 
  • The history of money and monetary objects
  • The history of counterfeiting and forgery
  • Imperial and global history
  • African history and culture 
Role in Museum: 

Dr. Ellen Feingold is the curator of the National Numismatic Collection, a collection of approximately 1.6 million objects from across the globe, spanning more than 3,500 years. She is the curator of The Value of Money and the author of the companion book of the same name.  She is also the project director and curator of Women on Money, a display inspired by the U.S. Treasury's plans to redesign U.S. banknotes to feature historic American women. 

  • Curator of The Value of Money exhibition
  • Project director and curator of Women on Money
  • Researching and collecting contemporary currencies and documenting the development of new monetary technologies worldwide
  • Researching the history of the Chase Manhattan Money Musem and collection

Selected publications: 

Feingold, Ellen. The Value of Money. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2015.

Feingold, Ellen. "How the Redesign of U.S. Money Shows the Power of Protest." Smithsonian Magazine, 2016. 

Feingold, Ellen. "International Currency Counterfeiting Schemes in Interwar West Africa." Journal of West African History 3, no. 1 (2017): 77-101. 
Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 

As a student at the University of Oxford, Dr. Feingold held the Clarendon Scholarship, John Roberts Scholarship, Beit Research Scholarship, and Designated Research Studentship in Modern History. She received numerous grants in support of her doctoral research on the development and decolonization of the High Court of Tanzania. She was also awarded a special prize from the Robert Herbert Memorial Fund for her research on the history of the British Colonial Legal Service. After completing her doctorate, Feingold joined the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum as a Project Curator for the Money in Africa project. She was a co-curator of a display on mobile money in Africa in the Citi Money Gallery in 2013.

Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Historical Association
  • African Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University