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06 Dec 2016

Tales From the Vault: Windy City Scrip

Tales from the Vault | ANA Official Post | Benstheman

The city of Chicago has played a significant role in the ANA’s history. The organization was founded in 1891 at the Commercial Hotel downtown, and the ANA’s “Branch No. 1” evolved in 1919 to become the Chicago Coin Club, the longest-tenured ANA member club. The 1920 annual ANA convention, held at the Art Institute of Chicago, was noteworthy: Samuel Brown astonished attendees by displaying one of the five 1913 Liberty Head nickels for the first time, and former ANA President Farran Zerbe called for a circulating coin celebrating peace – spearheading the eventual creation of the Peace Dollar.

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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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25 Feb 2016

Tales from the Vault: Money of the French Revolution – the Assignat

Tales from the Vault | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

The Assignat notes of the French Revolution were issued from 1790 - 1796. As with the Continental and State issues of the American Revolution, these notes as a whole are not especially rare, but they are tremendously important from a historical perspective because they illustrate a critical period of history. The ANA is fortunate to have a small group of these notes in the collection helping to highlight an otherwise obscure monetary experiment of the French Revolution.

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