Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Exhibit:: "Money on Paper" from Princeton's Numismatic Collection

Detail from Czechoslovakia, 50 korun, 1929 (front). Designed by Alfons Mucha, engraved by Karel Wolf. Collection of Vsevolod Onyshkevych.
(Princeton University Numismatic Collection)
Those planning to be in the Princeton area this year might want to visit the new exhibit from the Princeton University Numismatics Collection, housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department of the Firestone Library. "Money on Paper: Bank Notes and Related Graphic Arts" will run from August 30, 2010, through January 2, 2011. In the words of the exhibit announcement, "Bank notes . . . have constituted one of the dominant forms of visual communication for the past two centuries, and in many cases can be seen as works of art in their own right."

In addition to information provided on the exhibit website, more analysis can be found in Princeton's news release for the exhibit's opening.

For those interested in the history of currency and coins, several websites may be of interest:
The Colonial Currency Web Exhibit, from Notre Dame
The Leslie Brock Center for the Study of Colonial Currency, at the University of Virginia
Roy Davies' Money—Past, Present, & Future