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M-118: Early Paper Money, Coins and Medals

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.

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.

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

ACCESS: Special Collection M-118 is housed archivally and inventoried. Portions of the collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned, or photographed, depending on condition and format.


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

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

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