In this wonderful country we call home, there is a museum for just about every interest and hobby imaginable, from art and music museums to news, space, and even the human body. So of course, as one could imagine, there are quite an abundant number of money museums for numismatists to visit across the country.
Here at Preferred Coin Exchange, we have outlined a few of the museums that are a coin collector’s dream and a must-visit for every numismatist along with the highlights of each. While there may be numerous other great destinations outside of this list, we believe these offer the most for our fellow coin collectors.
Byron Reed was a renowned 19th-century numismatist who donated his collection to this Omaha museum after helping found the city. He was a Warren Buffet of his time thanks to his coin collecting expertise, with a collection that features over 9,000 pieces — with some dating back to the time of Emperors Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus.
For domestic coins, the Byron Reed Collection includes pre-1792 United States colonial coins from various states and colonies as well as Confederation coins and a near-complete set of federally-issued U.S. Mint coins produced between 1792 and 1890. It also contains other currencies from U.S. history, including Hard Times tokens, Sutler tokens, Civil War tokens, and Merchant tokens.
As far as foreign coin collections go, this money museum is filled with Ancient Roman, Byzantine Empire, Egyptian, and Greek rare coins collected by Byron Reed over the years.
In addition to currency, this collection also features historical maps, artifacts, documents, books, and more. Some of his more notable rare items were a copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s only long-form novel and the “Memoirs of Thomas Jefferson.” It also has a multitude of manuscripts and other historical memorabilia dating from medieval times through the 20th century.
If you’re into military history, there is also a remarkable medal collection that contains iconic pieces such as the Libertas Americana Medal, designed by Benjamin Franklin, and the Peace Medal first issued under John Adams to the Native Americans as a gesture of friendship.
The Rochette Museum is the largest museum in America dedicated to numismatics. Not only does it offer some of the most impeccable coin collections around, but it offers a great deal of historical, cultural, and artistic elements to enjoy. It covers the evolution of money throughout the ages from Mesopotamia and Egypt to modern day.
One of the more popular exhibits that attracts many coin collectors is the screw press minting equipment that provides demonstrations in the afternoon of how these now rare coins had been minted for centuries.
This gallery includes one of the most complete coin collections of U.S. gold coins minted between 1795 and 1933 as well as the only known complete coin collection containing all of the three-dollar gold pieces.
On top of all the fun for you, there is also a Kids Zone featuring interactive exhibits and free classes on rare coins to give the kids a fun way to enjoy the museum and maybe even share in your passion for coin collecting.
Now with two locations, this money museum features currency-themed artwork and designs and a boatload of interactive exhibits detailing the Federal Reserve’s Role in the U.S. economy.
Two of the most popular exhibits are the massive bank vault that holds billions of dollars in cash as well as a 27-pound gold bar that you can touch and even pick up! Admission is free, and you even receive a free bag of shredded money on your way out.
As far as noteworthy coin collections, the Kansas City location holds President Harry Truman’s coin collection. It turns out that Truman was quite fond of coin collecting with over 500 pieces of historic coins from across the globe.
The Museum of American Finance highlights the history of banking and financial institutions of the United States and is housed in an impressive location in a historic bank in the heart of Wall Street. It contains a wide array of historical artifacts and currencies with over 10,000 stocks, bonds, banknotes, coins, and much more.
The most noteworthy numismatic exhibit to explore during your visit is the Mark R. Shenkman Collection in the History of U.S. Currency display. This exhibit includes over 250 notes spanning from the Colonial era to present day in an interactive environment. It even contains currency with signatures from noteworthy signatories of the Constitution and rare high-denomination U.S. bills like the %,000 and $10,000 bill.
From all of us at the Preferred Coin Exchange, we hope that you find this list of noteworthy coin collecting museums useful in planning your next getaway. Be sure to stay tuned for more posts with helpful insights into the incredible pastime of coin collecting.