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Legendary Coins & Currency

December 8, 2005 – February 11, 2008

Smithsonian Castle
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC

Location: Schermer Hall, West Wing

On view are some of the National Museum of American History's National Numismatics Collection's (NNC) rarest holdings, including a 1913 Liberty Head nickel and the unique 1849 Double Eagle. Documenting the role of money in economic history, the NNC holds more than 1 million objects, including coins, medals, and paper currency.

Five areas are explored:

  • The Smithsonian Legend
  • How Legends Are Created
  • Legends, Accidental and Contrived
  • The Golden Legend
  • Legends of the Human Struggle

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