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The Value of Money

"The Value of Money" vault door

A vault door marks the entrance to the new 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. Featuring more than 300 objects from the collection, including some of the rarest in the world, the exhibit includes a storied 1933 Double Eagle, a 1860 Japanese Oban coin that belonged to President Ulysses S. Grant, a 1934 $100,000 dollar banknote, and a 1896 $1 dollar silver certificate featuring Martha Washington.