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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 1, January 4, 2009, Article 25

FEATURED WEB SITE: NATIONAL NUMISMATIC COLLECTION

This week's Featured Web Site is recommended by John and Nancy Wilson. It's been featured before, but it's always well worth revisiting.

National Numismatic Collection


The National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution, one of the largest numismatic collections in the world and the largest in North America. Located in the National Museum of American History, Behring Center, the NNC includes approximately 1.6 million objects. There are over 450,000 coins, medals and decorations and 1.1 million pieces of paper money (including the recently acquired “Confederate Treasury horde” of cancelled Confederate paper money) in the collection, highlighting the entire numismatic history of the world.

The NNC contains many great rarities in coins and currency, from the earliest coins created 2,700 years ago up to the latest innovations in electronic monetary exchange, as well as fascinating objects such as beads, wampum, dentalia, and other commodities once used as money.

The collection emphasizes the development of money and medals in the United States. The core of the U.S. collection, consisting of more than 18,000 items, including coins of great rarity, came to the Smithsonian in 1923 from the United States Mint.


http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/numismatics/



Wayne Homren, Editor

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