As Wikipedia states it, Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, and related objects. So basically itâ€™s the study of money. And PBSâ€™s website tells us that 11 thousand to 8 thousand years ago, cows were used as money. That means that the Smithsonianâ€™s â€śNational Numismatic Collectionâ€ť must have cows in it, right? And they must be keeping those cows at the National Zoo Petting Zoo, So that means that the petting zoo is a money museum. Ok, I guess they probably donâ€™t have any cows as part of their numismatic collection, but here are some weird objects used as money in the Ancient World.
More than a month ago my wife saw this note on one of our favorite auction sites. Since I love anything about Antarctica, she went ahead and made a fair bid on it and forgot about it. Low and behold we received a winning bid alert from the auction house this Monday. What a surprise. She totally forgot about it. What a great surprise for me.