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M-118: Early Paper Money, Coins and Medals

DATE: ca. 18th-19th centuries

SCOPE: Paper currency and coins, especially American state bank issues, confederate money, and early colonial and federal denominations are present, as well as a representative collection of world currency and historic medals, especially issues from the Vatican. Much of the paper money is useful for its illustrative and historical printing content.

EXTENT: Approximately 100 pieces of paper currency, as well as hundreds of coins and medals in three linear feet of boxed material.

HISTORY: The numismatic collections accumulated over the history of the Library serve as a collection for teaching and display. Approximately thirty-percent of the collection was gathered in the mid-nineteenth century, but many coins and medals have been donated in recent years.


Coffin, Joseph. Coins of the Popes. New York : Coward-McCann, 1946.

A Descriptive Catalogue of Papal Medals. London : Spink & Son, 1962.

ACCESS: this collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the material in Special Collection M-118may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition. For collections marked limited access, researchers are advised to contact the library at least three business days in advance of their visit to submit a request to view the physical material.

Researchers are advised to call ahead concerning changes in hours due to University intersessions and holidays. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building.

In observance of security procedures, certain services may not be available shortly before the daily closing time.

Preferred Citation: When citing the material from this collection, the preferred citation is: From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.