Fused Coins, World Trade Center

Fused Coins, World Trade Center

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Description: This mass of fused coins was recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center.
Context: Fire from the jet fuel was an important element in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. While it is estimated that about half of the fuel carried by each airliner was burned off in the initial fireball, the remainder spread throughout many floors of the building, setting off massive fires. The contents of the building—desks, papers, carpets, ceiling tiles, and even paint—fueled the fire, and with estimated temperatures of about 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, even metal coins were fused together. After the collapse, the fires continued to burn for weeks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
fused coins, group of
recovery site
United States: New York, Fresh Kills
United States: New York, Manhattan, World Trade Center
overall: 11.5 cm x 9 cm x 1.2 cm; 4 1/2 in x 3 9/16 in x 1/2 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
September 11 Terrorist Attacks
Attack on the World Trade Center
September 11th Attacks
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, 9/11
September 11
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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