This is part of the small book I am writing. I hope you enjoy:
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 Actually, in 1661 the law making wampum legal tender was repealed.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.
Blog Policy / Disclaimer
This is a community-sourced blog. Any views or opinions represented in this blog are personal and belong solely to the blog postâ€™s author, and do not represent the views or opinions of the American Numismatic Association, and may not represent the views or opinions of people, institutions or organizations that the author may or may not be associated with in professional or personal capacity.
All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The American Numismatic Association (ANA) makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. The ANA does not monitor the blog on a constant basis.
The ANA will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information, nor for the availability of this information. The ANA will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
Downloadable Files and Images
Any downloadable file, including but not limited to pdfs, docs, jpegs, pngs, is provided at the userâ€™s own risk. The ANA will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages resulting from a corrupted or damaged file.
Blogs and comments are encouraged. However, the ANA reserves the right to edit or delete any blog posts or comments submitted to this blog without notice due to :
- Content deemed to be spam or questionable spam.
- Content includes profanity.
- Content contains language or concepts that could be deemed offensive.
- Content contains hate speech, credible threats, or direct attacks on an individual or group.
The ANA is not responsible for the content in blog posts or comments.
This blog disclaimer is subject to change at anytime.