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Located in the National Museum of American History, Behring Center, the National Numismatics Collection (NNC) includes approximately 1.6 million objects, including over 450,000 coins, medals, and decorations and 1.1 million pieces of paper money.  It embraces the entire numismatic history of the world.  

The collection emphasizes the development of money and medals in the United States. The core of the U.S. collection, consisting of more than 18,000 items, came to the Smithsonian in 1923 from the United States Mint.

The NNC contains many great rarities in coins and currency, from the earliest coins created 2,700 years ago up to the latest innovations in electronic monetary exchange.  Fascinating objects such as beads, wampum, shells, dentalia, and other commodities once used as money, are also represented. 

This searchable online collection contains a sampling of objects from the National Numismatics Collection.  Please note that the online database is not complete, and not all objects are on view at the Museum.
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