Coins were first used about 2,600 years ago. The society, founded 1858, is the only American museum devoted exclusively to their preservation and study. Its collection encompasses nearly one million items, including medals and paper money, as well as the world's most comprehensive library of numismatic literature. Its home on Varick Street has small exhibitions on view and its library and archive is open to researchers. Its main exhibition Drachmas, Doubloons and Dollars: The History of Money is on view at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Lower Manhattan.
Highlights of its collection include the famous Waterloo Medallion, commemorating the defeat of Napoleon; commissioned in 1817, it took 30 years to produce. On view at the Federal Reserve Bank is the gold 1933 Double Eagle.
DRACHMAS, DOUBLOONS AND DOLLARS: THE HISTORY OF MONEY
Over 800 examples of the society's noted collection, including Roman coins, the Confederate States half-dollar, and the world’s most valuable coin–-the gold 1933 Double Eagle–-are on view at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. A docent-led tour can highlight items related to class study. The exhibit includes a short film on the history of coinage. Make reservations for a docent-led tour with the American Numismatic Society; if viewing the exhibit without a docent as guide, please contact the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in advance (firstname.lastname@example.org).