Legendary Coins & Currency

December 8, 2005 – February 11, 2008

Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC

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