The National Numismatic Collection is available to researchers in any field, including classical, medieval, and modern numismatists, historians, anthropologists, and archeologists. The global nature of the collection offers the material needed for a wide range of regional and comparative studies.

To arrange a research visit to the National Numismatic Collection, please see our Contact and FAQs page.

Archival material relating to the history of the National Numismatic Collection and objects in the collection is available at the SI archives and NMAH archives.

The library of the National Numismatic Collection holds over 13,000 monographs and serials. They are listed in the online database. The National Numismatic Collection also holds a large number of historic auction catalogs, which are available for consultation via a research appointment.


Selected publications on the holdings and history of the NNC:

Bopearachchi, Osmund. Indo-Greek, Indo-Scythian and Indo-Parthian Coins in the Smithsonian Institution. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1993.

Clain-Stefanelli, Elvira. “Donors and Donations: The Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection.” In Perspectives in Numismatics, edited by Saul B. Needleman, pp. 251–68. Chicago: Ares, 1986.

Clain-Stefanelli, Vladimir. History of the National Numismatic Collections. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1968.

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

Gillilland, Cory. Sylloge of the United States Holdings in the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution: Gold Coins, 1785–1834. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1992.

Lockhart, J. H. S. The Currency from the Farther East: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day. Volumes 1–2. Hong Kong: Noronha, 1895.


Selected publications by former curators of the National Numismatic Collection:

Doty, Richard. America’s Money, America’s Story. 2nd ed. Atlanta: Whitman, 2008.

Doty, Richard. Money of the World. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1978.

Doty, Richard. Pictures from a Distant Country: Seeing America through Old Paper Money.

Atlanta: Whitman, 2013.

Doty, Richard. The Soho Mint & the Industrialization of Money. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 1998.

Clain-Stefanelli, Elvira E. and Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli. The Beauty and Lore of Coins, Currency, and Medals. New York: Riverwood Publishers, 1974.

Clain-Stefanelli, Elvira E. Italian Coin Engravers Since 1800. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1965.

Clain-Stefanelli, Elvira E. Life in Republican Rome on its Coinage. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1999.

Clain-Stefanelli, Elvira E. Numismatics—An Ancient Science: A Survey of Its History. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1965.