Experience a Virtual Reality Tour at the Money Museum
Museum enthusiasts, history aficionados and coin collectors can explore the AmericanNumismatic Association’s Money Museum exhibit, “Money of Empire: Elizabeth to Elizabeth,” ina new 360-degree virtual reality tour that can be viewed from a computer or a VR headset.Visitors can experience close-up images of many of the exhibit’s objects, allowing views fromboth sides of the pieces on display and details that are not visible in person.
"Money of Empire," uses money and medals to illustrate the development of the British Empirefrom its beginnings under Elizabeth I (1558-1603) to the present day. The British Empire, morethan any other, set the stage for the modern world in which we live. From small origins duringthe late 16th century, the Empire expanded to become the largest empire in history and themost powerful global economic and military power for over a century.The Money Museum also is home to the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection, one of the greatest U.S.gold coin collections ever assembled. The Bass holdings feature the only complete collection of$3 gold pieces, a complete collection of early U.S. gold coin types of all designs from 1795 to1933 and more.
The evolution of money through time can be seen in the museum's "History of Money" exhibitas well. Beginning in Mesopotamia and Egypt around 4,500 years ago, gold and silver began tobe traded in the form of metal bars or bits of wire. Since then, money has been exchanged inthe form of coins, paper money, tokens, emergency money and more.
Other virtual exhibits at the museum feature the 1943 and 1944 cents, the King of U.S.Coins, the "Nickel that Never Was," and the first coinage of the United States
Mint.The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educationalorganization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. TheANA helps its 28,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through
its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publicationsand conventions. For more information, call (719) 632-2646 or visit money.org.