NTU-SMITHSONIAN WEBINAR WEDNESDAYS: Money as Material Culture: Curation and Collections at America’s Money Museum
You are cordially invited to “Money as Material Culture: Curation and Collections at America’s Money Museum” on 24 February 2021 at 8.00pm SGT
This lecture is part of NTU-SMITHSONIAN WEBINAR WEDNESDAYS. This online programme runs throughout Spring 2021, and is jointly produced by the MA in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices at Nanyang Technological University and the Asian Cultural History Program at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., with support from the U.S. Embassy, Singapore.
About the talk:
Money has existed for thousands of years, in many forms. Shells, feathers, cattle and even certain rocks were used before metal money, but they lacked durability, or were difficult to subdivide into smaller units. or transport. The discovery of metallurgy, especially of precious metals—copper, silver and gold—began a monetary revolution in Asia, North Africa and Europe during the 2nd millennium BC. Yet metals were initially still weighed and measured at each use, without a fixed form or use as money. The independent invention of coinage in Asia Minor, Northwestern India and China during the mid-1st millennium was a major turning point in the material culture of money. Coinage used the concept of denominations—i.e. pieces of metal with fixed weight and purity—and combined that with marks identifying the issuing authority, making coins easier to use, identify and regulate. Coins became important clues for identifying the cultures that issued them, not anonymous pieces of bullion. Given the large numbers of coins produced over the last 2,600 years and their durability, ensuring a high survival rate, coins are among the most ubiquitous historical artifacts. The long history and vast range of differences in world coinage present numerous curatorial and collection management challenges. Yet coins, when properly assembled, studied, and presented, with an understanding of the symbolism and inscriptions on them, are truly “history in your hands.”
About the speaker:
Douglas Mudd is the Curator / Director of the American Numismatic Association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is responsible for developing, planning, and content of the Museum’s exhibition program and the organization and care of the ANA collections. He has created dozens of numismatic exhibits as needed for the museum and for the ANA’s semi-annual conventions. Among his major exhibitions are Barter, Bits, & Dollars: The Money of Colonial America, The Money of the World Today: A Numismatic Perspective of Global Society, The Die is Cast: Money of the Ancient World and Coins, Crown and Conflict. His recent work has expanded the museum’s exhibits into the virtual world of the internet including Trenches to Treaties: World War I in Remembrance and Money of Empire: Elizabeth to Elizabeth which are available at https://www.money.org/money-museum. He authored All the Money in the World in 2006, as part of the Smithsonian book series, as well as exhibit catalogs and numerous brochures and articles. He teaches courses on numismatics at the ANA Summer Seminar and has lectured at summer programs and regular classes at Colorado College.
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