Don’t miss a final opportunity to experience “Olympic Games—History and Numismatics” before its run closes at the American Numismatic Association’s Money Museum mid-April. This exhibit showcases the wide range of Olympic numismatic objects and memorabilia and explores the Games from their ancient beginnings to the modern revival.
Notable artifacts on display include rare Syracusan dekadrachms (Greek coins; examples shown above) from the fifth century B.C. designed by two of the most celebrated engravers of the ancient world; a 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics bronze medallion designed by the famed Karl Goetz; a complete set of award medals from the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics and 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee; plus participation medals, torches and even a few mascots.
Editor’s note: Coin Update keeps several Pinterest boards. The one on medallic art contains several drop-dead beautiful Olympic medals.
World War I Exhibit Opening in May
The Money Museum is preparing to unveil its new installation “Trenches to Treaties: World War I in Remembrance,” which will include a complete set of “victory medals” issued by the Allied nations and presented to veterans of the “War to End All Wars,” as well as propaganda and satirical medals issued by artists of combatant nations.
Called “The Great War” and, more optimistically, “The War to End All Wars,” World War I changed the world’s political map and the fabric of European civilization. For more than four years, from 1914 to 1918, over 17 million people perished in an unprecedented maelstrom of destruction—but the consequences extended beyond casualties and material damage. Explore the events, history, and effects of World War I using medals, coins, and paper currency! The World War I exhibit opens in early May.
About the Money Museum
The Money Museum includes an extensive and ever-growing collection of historical numismatic treasures. This one-of-a-kind facility showcases some of the most valuable and significant coins, paper money, and related items the public cannot see anywhere else. Rarities include a 1913 Liberty Head nickel valued at $2 million and two of the 15 known 1804 dollars, valued together at $6 million.
The Money Museum is located at 818 N. Cascade Ave, adjacent to the campus of Colorado College and next door to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Museum hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 ($4 for seniors, military, and students). Kids 12 and under are free. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org/money-museum.
The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org. ❑