The National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is opening an exhibition called Really BIG Money that was written and designed with elementary-aged visitors in mind. To represent money that is “big” in quantity, rather than size or denomination, it will feature approximately 170 coins from a Roman hoard arranged in the shape of one very large Roman coin. This innovative design is intended to engage our young visitors and spark their curiosity.
This project is a collections management challenge in that it requires a great deal of organization, documentation, and creativity to achieve the desired look for the display. Each coin will be individually mounted on a vertical panel and has a unique catalog number that must be tracked. This poster will describe these challenges presented by the design and detail the mounting process used.