It has been some time for me in visiting the Smithsonian Institution American History Museum. I still remember the old display area they had. However, the their Numismatic Gallery is really nice. The pull-out drawers is interesting. I was surprised to pull out their 1804 silver dollar collection. I also found a few gold coins in other display areas. One of my previous numismatic interest were gold slugs of which I had 2 in my collection.
Every collector dreams of the super-rarities in the American series. Most will never know the pride of ownership, but it's a nice experience to see these rare coins, admire them, maybe even hold them.
In all of my years as a numismatist--more than 50!--I have seen many prized rarities. These wonderful coins can be seen at major conventions or in museums.
The dollar's journey through time begins over 360 years ago. Though wampum could "passÃ© at six a penny" and six hundred for a dollar, the dollar changes from shells to coinage in 1652 with the famous New England shilling, valuing today over $50,000 in good condition. Actually, in 1661 the law making wampum legal tender was repealed.
In numismatic history, there are few coins that stand out as incredibly rare and desirable. The 1804 Silver Dollar is one of these few. It does not have the lowest mintage in U.S. history, but its air of mystery make it a coin few collectors would not want to own.
Yep, that's an 1804 Silver Dollar!
Yesterday I traveled to the Money Museum, but I stayed in my own living room! I had been pulling my hair out, trying to find the virtual exhibits, but it is so easy! Here is what you have to do:
Here is a yellow cake frosted to look like an 1804 dollar.
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