Among the 1.6 million objects from the National Numismatic Collection that could be displayed in the new Gallery of Numismatic History is a Theodore Roosevelt presidential inaugural medal, top left; Libertas Americana medal, bottom center; and upper right, one of sculptor Glenna Goodacre’s renditions considered for the obverse of the Sacagawea dollar.
The six display cases are designed to permit double-sided viewing of coins, medals, tokens, paper money and other numismatic objects. Each display case will be dedicated to specific themes tracing the evolution of money, its development and uses.
Representations of Liberty, symbols of national strength and related motifs will be among the topics explored. Items to be represented will include primitive money, such as Yap stones; specie; and technological advances, incorporating such items as credit cards and virtual currency.
Digitized BEP archives
The Smithsonian has also undertaken an extensive archival project to digitize thousands of pages of proofs from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing into high-resolution images.
“Since 1863, certified proofs allowed the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to examine every intaglio printing plate before it was placed in production,” according to museum officials. These include certified proofs of paper currency, bonds, revenue stamps, checks, and more.
The newly digitized images are cataloged and loaded online, with volunteers contributing descriptions for each digitized image. The Smithsonian Digital Volunteer Transcription Service can be accessed online at https://transcription.si.edu.
Visit the NNC at americanhistory.si.edu/numismatics/.