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01 Oct 2017

Tales from the Vault: Medals Matter

Tales from the Vault | ANA Official Post | Benstheman

The vault’s collection of American medals became significantly more substantial in 2017. ANA Life Member and Summer Seminar instructor David Menchell donated more than 400 American medals covering genres from the mid-18th century to the 21st century. The donation filled several weak spots in the collection, and will benefit ANA educational initiatives for decades to come.

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26 Jul 2017

Tales From the Vault: Tokens of the Cocos Islands

Tales from the Vault | ANA Official Post | Benstheman

The ANA Money Museum is fortunate to possess a complete set of rare tokens of the Cocos Islands. Produced in 1913, these tokens highlight the complex history of the islands and illustrate the economic control the issuing authority intended to create with their use.

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18 Jun 2017

Tales From The Vault: Red Cross Medals of World War I

Tales from the Vault | ANA Official Post | Benstheman

World War I inspired a fascinating array of medallic art and popular subject was the Red Cross – a worldwide organization that played a critical humanitarian role in the war and is still relevant today. These medals were created to commemorate and raise funds for the Red Cross during and after the war. “Trenches to Treaties: World War I in Remembrance” showcases many of these beautiful pieces of art.

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20 Mar 2017

Tales From the Vault: Medallic Remembrances of World War I

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World War I (1914-1918), also called “The Great War,” or “the War to End all Wars,” forever changed history. Unprecedented bloodshed on the battlefield was accompanied by social upheaval and revolution as ancient empires toppled and new nations were founded.

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28 Nov 2016

Tales From the Vault: The 1928 Auto Dollar

Tales from the Vault | ANA Official Post | Benstheman

Each of the objects in the ANA’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum collection has a unique story. One intriguing tale involves the 1928 “Auto Dollar.” This rare and historic piece was produced at a chaotic time in China’s history, and holds the distinction of being the first coin to feature an automobile as a main device.

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20 Nov 2016

Tales From the Vault: The 1792 Half Disme

Tales from the Vault | ANA Official Post | Benstheman

Even before the end of the American Revolution, Congress had discussions about how to provide a coinage for the new United States. At long last, the Coinage Act of April 2, 1792 established the United States Mint in Philadelphia (then the nation’s capital), implemented a decimal-based monetary system and set the dollar as the country’s base monetary unit. David Rittenhouse was appointed the Mint’s first director.

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17 Oct 2016

Tales From the Vault: Money, Great and Small

Tales from the Vault | ANA Official Post | Benstheman

Money as we know it was first conceived largely because its size and weight made it practical. Objects which ancient people agreed were of tradable value – livestock, crops, tools, etc. – were too large for convenient transport, and the emergence of coins simplified what it meant for people to acquire what they needed to live. Featured here are some of history’s largest and smallest currency – in size, weight and numerical value. All objects are on display at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum.

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