The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will present "Frontier Gold," a traveling display showcasing the pioneer gold and silver coinage that helped change the dynamics of the American West at the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money® convention August 16–19 in Denver, Colorado…
NGC and NCS are presenting sponsors.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will present "Frontier
Gold," a traveling display showcasing the pioneer gold and silver coinage that
helped change the dynamics of the American West at the American Numismatic Association
World's Fair of Money® convention August 16–19 in Denver, Colorado. Featuring
artifacts from the museum's National Numismatic Collection, "Frontier Gold"
will highlight some of the most prized coins struck during the precious metal boom
of the mid 1800s. Of particular interest are the 1854S United States $5 gold coin,
the finest known example of only 268 pieces struck that year, and the 1861 Clark
Gruber & Co. $10 piece, which featured a (not authentic) likeness of Pike's
Peak, near the site of the Colorado gold strike.
"These coins illustrate America's rich frontier gold heritage and how gold
revolutionized the economy of the West, making them a fundamental piece of this
nation's history" said Brent D. Glass, Director, National Museum of American
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of America and Numismatic Conservation Services,
LLC are the presenting sponsors of the exhibition.
"This new exhibition makes some of the greatest coins available to inspire
new collectors and to build awareness of numismatics," said Mark Salzberg,
Chairman of NGC and NCS. "It's very satisfying to see it come to fruition as
it's exactly what our hobby needs."
The boom of precious metal strikes — California gold in the 1840s, gold in
Colorado in the 1850s, and both gold and silver strikes in Nevada during the 1860s
— transformed life in the American West. Enterprising jewelers and metallurgists
struck these raw metals into coins and ingots. Many bear images of the American
West, displaying a dynamic, regional pride. Other prized objects in the display
include the 1861 Parsons and Co. $5 coin, one of only three surviving, and a J.
J. Conway & Co. ten-dollar gold piece from the same year, again one of only
three known. The discovery of Western precious metals and subsequent coin production
fueled local economies and helped to restructure the American monetary system.
This display draws from the museum's National Numismatic Collection, which consists
of more than 1.5 million objects, including coins, medals, and paper currency, and
preserves the role of money in economic history. The museum will transport additional
displays to conventions in Orlando, Florida in January 2007, to St. Louis, Missouri
in April 2007 and Baltimore, Maryland in August 2007 customized to the themes of
Released July 5, 2006, Smithsonian, National Museum
of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center. Contact (202) 633-1000 or visit
for further information.