A vault door will mark the entrance to the National Museum of American History’s new Gallery of Numismatics and its inaugural exhibition, “The Value of Money.” Opening July 1, the gallery delves into the National Numismatic Collection (NNC)—one of the Smithsonian’s oldest and most treasured collections—to uncover stories related to the origins, innovations, messages, artistry and allure of money. “The Value of Money,” is part of the museum’s history-plex of galleries, experiential learning places and performance spaces centered on the theme of innovation. It showcases more than 400 objects from the NNC, some of which are among the rarest in the world. The exhibition links American history to global histories of exchange, cultural interaction, political change and innovation. Thematically organized into five sections, the exhibition allows visitors to learn about the origins of mone

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