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Paper Currency of the World

Return to Drachmas, Dubloons, and Dollars homepage   The first true paper money was produced by the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) of China in 1189. However, it was not used in the West until 1661, when the Stockholm Banco issued credit notes in an attempt to back the value of Swedish plate money (see Case 7) Letters…
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Manhattan Money

Return to Drachmas, Dubloons, and Dollars homepage   From its early days in the 17th century, New York City was a growing center of commerce and industry—which needed a good supply of coins and currency. In the colonial period, the acute shortage of coinage resulted in a number of special, and often exceedingly rare, issues…
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U.S. Treasures of the American Numismatic Society

Return to Drachmas, Dubloons, and Dollars homepage Great rarities of United States coinage owned by the American Numismatic Society include a gold doubloon produced by Ephraim Brasher of New York in 1787, an 1804 silver dollar, a Confederate half dollar, and an ultra-high-relief 1907 double eagle as designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.   The Work of…
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The Future of Money

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The Art of the Medal

Return to Drachmas, Dubloons, and Dollars homepage   Medal making first appeared as an independent art form in 15th century Europe. As with coins, medals are two-sided metal objects-although without monetary function. However, their origins and development are closely tied to coinage. During the Renaissance, in the 15th and 16th centuries, people rediscovered Roman antiquities,…
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The United States in the 20th Century

Return to Drachmas, Dubloons, and Dollars homepage U.S. coinage in the 20th century was greatly affected by governmental concerns about reserves of metal and production costs. Responding to the pressures of the Great Depression (1929-1939), in 1934 the Federal Government made it illegal for private citizens to own monetary gold and centralized the country's gold…
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Coins of the World

Return to Drachmas, Dubloons, and Dollars homepage World coinage reveals the dramatic history of the 20th century. Wars and revolutions, the collapse of European colonial empires, and the decline of Soviet-style communism led to the creation of new independent states, almost all of which issue their own coins. This new money promotes political ideologies and…
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Moving West: 19th-Century America

Return to Drachmas, Dubloons, and Dollars homepage The United States began the 19th century as a minor power struggling to claim its place next to the European nations, but ended the century on the brink of economic and political greatness. The country’s coins reflect its growing confidence and also illustrate its territorial and economic expansion.…
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Empires and Colonialism in the 19th Century

Return to Drachmas, Dubloons, and Dollars homepage "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." So wrote Charles Dickens (1812-1870) about the French Revolution (1789-1799), but he was also aptly describing the sweeping political and social changes of the 19th century. The turmoil of European political expansion and overseas colonialism led…
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East and South Asia in the 19th Century

Return to Drachmas, Dubloons, and Dollars homepage In the 19th century, three factors changed the Asian monetary system forever: the globalization of trade, colonization, and inflation. The growth of international trade in the 19th century led to increasing contact—much of it violent—between cultures. The Opium War (1839-1842) between Britain and China was the violent resolution…
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