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General Numismatics

  • Coin Today: Daily numismatic and gold investment news
  • Coin Collecting Basics: This article covers the maning and scope of numismatics, what to collect, interesting facts, top books, cleaning coins (don't do this) and more.
  • Organizing and Displaying a Coin Collection
  • Dollars and Cents: Fundamental facts about U.S. Money: Types of paper money; currency features, US Coins; circulation of money; spotting counterfeit money; features and more.
  • H.I.P Pocket Exchange: U. S. Mint H.I.P. (History In your Pocket) is a site from the US Mint that seeks to build an interest in coins as artifacts of history. Aimed at younger users and teachers, the site offers a section for each constituency. The Kids section provides information on starting a coin collection, a virtual tour of the mint (not yet available), a time machine adventure, and several learning games.
  • U.S. Mint Education Pages: There are lesson plans for teachers, and games and fun stuff for Kids.
  • The Florence Schook School of Numismatics: An amazing Numismatic Education Program for all age groups covering a variety of subjects. You can even earn an ANA School of Numismatics Diploma!
  • Where's George?: Ever wonder where your money is traveling after it leaves your hands?
    This site tracks the life of the bills that leave your wallet and are put into circulation around the country. All you have to do is set up a free account at the site, "register" your bills by entering the serial number and state of origin, then print the site's Web address on the bill and spend it! The idea is that people will see the URL on the bill, go to the site and re-register the bill, thus tracking its path. If you don't feel like getting that involved, it's still cool to see where other bills have traveled - like the $2 bill that was registered in Florida and made its way up the East Coast to New Hampshire.

Redeeming Coins & Bills

  • What happens to damaged currency?
  • What happens to damaged coins?
    The Treasury Department has prescribed regulations regarding uncurrent and mutilated coins. Let us explain the difference. Uncurrent coins are whole, but are worn or reduced in weight by natural abrasion. They are easily recognizable as to genuineness and denomination, and they are such that coin sorting and counting machines will accept them. Merchants and commercial banks will generally accept or refuse these coins at their discretion. However, Federal Reserve Banks and branches handle the redemption of uncurrent coins. Mutilated coins, on the other hand, are coins that are bent, broken, not whole, or fused or melted together. The United States Mint is the only place that handles redemption of mutilated coins, and they should be sent to the Mint at Post Office Box 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106.



  • Collecting Rare Currency
  • Collecting Silver Certificates
  • American Currency Exhibit at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Money hasn't always looked like it does today. Explore the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's American Currency Exhibit online and watch history come alive as you step back in time to our nation's beginning. Learn how our country's rich history is closely tied with our currency. Discover the role the Federal Reserve has played--and continues to play--in that history
  • Colonial Currency: A catalog featuring hundreds of examples of colonial paper currency with supplementary sections on colonial lottery tickets and fiscal documents. Currency examples range from the New York issue of May 31, 1709 to the fractional currency privately emitted in the 1790's during the copper panic. Emissions are listed under the colony of issue followed by Continental Congress issues. There are a number of notes printed by Benjamin Franklin and several Massachusetts examples by Paul Revere. The site also includes explanatory essays on such topics as the first paper currency emission in the colonies, the relative value of local money in the colonies and land bank notes. The lottery section contains a ticket from the first government sponsored lottery in the colonies, the Massachusetts 1744-45 lottery, Department of Special Collections University of Notre Dame Libraries.
  • History of Paper Money
  • How Currency Works
  • International Bank Note Society
  • Old Bank Notes
  • Paper Money Collecting
  • Society of Paper Money Collectors
  • Ugly Money: If you'd like to see a very interesting and informative site about paper money that has been stamped or written on, check out this site. Johnny Bitter, aka Johnny Burrito has done a fantastic job with the display.

Confederate Currency


Foreign Coins

  • Perseus Coin Collections: A collection of ancient coin digital images at the Perseus Project comes from the Dewing Numismatic Foundation. 452 Greek coins from this collection are currently on loan to the Harvard Art Museum and are now offered digitally at the Perseus Project. Images of the coins are offered in three resolutions. Catalog entries for the coins include material, denomination, mint, region, issuing authority (when known), actual weight, diameter, and a description of the type and legend on either side of the coin.
  • Sasanian, Hunnic, Indian and Islamic: Coins and History of Asia; Containing information and scans of over 1100 coins, these pages are to be a resource for students of Near Eastern, Persian, Indian, Central Asian and Chinese history from 600 BC to 1600 AD. Permanent exhibits with emphasis on Sasanian, Hunnic, Indian and Islamic coinages
  • Studying and Collecting the Coins of Rome and Her Cities

Reference Books

You can browse through titles and references on our website's numismatic books page.

Publications We Read


Looking for More Information?

Your local library, online library resources, and trade publications  will help to further your own education in numismatics. Materials can be found in the following sections of the library.

The Library of Congress categorizes numismatics as follows:

1-6661 Numismatics
1-4625 Coins
153 Finds of coins
161 Symbols, devices, etc.
201-1397 Ancient
1509-4625 Medieval and modern
4801-5450 Tokens
4861-4889 By period
4901-5336 By region or country
5350-5450 Special uses of tokens
5501-6661 Medals and medallions
5581-5690 Ancient
5723-5793 Medieval and modern
5795-6661 By region or country