The Value of Money

Dollars for Donuts in Monrovia, Liberia

Striking it rich: American gold rushes of the early 19th century

Gold coin marked 1838 decorated with stars and the profile of Liberty's head. Liberty wears a head-band that reads "Liberty."

Women on money

Photo of gold coin on black background. Woman's face in profile, facing left. On her head, a crown. High collar around her neck. Prominent forehead.

The World's Fair and World War in the National Numismatic Collection

Coin with "1939" and "New York World's Fair" on it

Grand Opening Week: Innovation Wing July 1 - 5 Calendar of Events

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is transforming how its audiences will experience history beginning July 1 when it opens exhibitions, learning places and programming spaces all centered on the theme of innovation. The first floor of the museum’s West Wing will open with 45,000-square-feet featuring exhibitions that explore the history of American business, showcase “hot spots” of invention and put the spotlight on the National Numismatic Collection.

1.5 ton vault door to greet visitors in the new Gallery of Numismatics

Installation of the vault door

Measuring Worth at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

A vault door will mark the entrance to the National Museum of American History’s new Gallery of Numismatics and its inaugural exhibition, “The Value of Money.” Opening July 1, the gallery will delve into the National Numismatic Collection (NNC)—one of the Smithsonian’s oldest and most treasured collections—to uncover stories related to the origins, innovations, messages, artistry and allure of money.

National Museum of American History Innovates with West Exhibition Wing

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History plans to transform how its audiences experience history by creating a multiplex of exhibition galleries, experiential programs and performance spaces and an education center within a 120,000-square-foot wing of its 50-year-old McKim, Mead and White designed building.
The wing’s first floor will open July 1, 2015, with the second and third floors opening in 2016 and 2017.

National Museum of American History Names New Numismatics Curator

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has appointed Ellen Feingold as the curator of the National Numismatic Collection, effective today. Feingold is an experienced historian, curator, numismatist and educator. Most recently, she served as project curator for the Money in Africa project in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum. In this role she conducted innovative research on the history of currency counterfeiting in the British Empire and co-curated a display on mobile money in Africa for the Citi Money Gallery.

The Value of Money

A vault door marks the entrance to the Gallery of Numismatics and its inaugural exhibition, The Value of Money. This exhibition delves into the National Numismatic Collection to explore the origins of money, new monetary technologies, the political and cultural messages money conveys, numismatic art and design, and the practice of collecting money. Visitors will uncover links between American history and global histories of exchange, cultural interaction, political change, and innovation.