More than 125 people attended a reception to open the “America in
Circulation: A History of US Currency” exhibition on April 15 at the
American Finance in New York City.
Among the attendees were members of the museum and the New York Numismatic Club, as well as colleagues
and associates of Mark Shenkman, whose collection is featured in the
exhibit. In his comments at the opening, Shenkman told of his passion
for American history, finance and graphic arts, all of which have come
together in his collection.
Museum President David Cowen said at the opening: “Today, there are
only seven notes in circulation,” referring to the modern $1 to $100
Federal Reserve notes. “Yet most Americans don’t realize that both the
banks and the government were issuing many different types of currency
for most of our nation’s first 150 years. The notes in this exhibit
tell the story of the development of America, and their striking
beauty makes them pieces of art in and of themselves.”
The exhibition features approximately 250 notes, including examples
of Colonial and Continental currency, obsolete notes, and Confederate
notes It also includes all the legendary Federal issues.
An innovation to the presentation is that visitors have the
opportunity to explore money in more depth through large interactive
touch screen displays —computer terminals that allow users to get
close to the art. Visitors can zoom in and see the engraver’s work in
detail, which is also flashed above on a large overhead screen. An
online version of the exhibition can be seen at moaf.org/money.
“America in Circulation” will be on view through
March 2018. The Museum of American Finance is located at 48 Wall St.,
a 1929 landmark. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Admission is $8 generally, but $5 for students and seniors.
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