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COINS EXHIBITED AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
Bruce Purdue sends this note. -EditorI was in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday and Wednesday and in Ocean City, MD on Thursday with my son and daughter. We did not get to Baltimore, but we did spend some time at the new National Museum of the American Indian and I was impressed with the use of coins in the exhibits. There was a time line exhibit on the influence of European invasion of the new world which utilizes coins as one element of the time line.
There are Spanish gold as well as silver coins from the New World...they were used in a novel ways. In one place on the time line a cross of silver coins is used to illustrate the introduction of coins to the New World as well as the church's influence... of course having my son along made the exhibits more interesting. He is very interested in Mezo-American Indian cultures, although his Masters at Oxford will be in Medical Anthropology. In another exhibit coins and currency with Indians were displayed....nicely done.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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