Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

An innovative approach to displaying a Roman coin hoard

Sep 13, 2022, 2:00 PM
University of Warsaw

University of Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28 Warsaw


Jennifer Gloede (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)


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.

Primary author

Jennifer Gloede (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)

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