So-called dollarized economies, like Ecuador’s, are a powerful way the United States foists the visual power of its currency throughout the hemisphere and globe. In this piece, we explore how widespread informal dollarization operates side-by-side to influence everyday life in Latin America.
Adolph A. Weinman designed some of America’s most memorable coinage. A skilled sculptor and engraver, his architectural work is still prominently displayed in monuments and buildings all over United States cities. But Weinman is probably best remembered for his medalist and numismatic work. In 1916, the U.S. Mint released three of his designs as circulating currency–each a masterpiece in […]
I recently threw my hat into the bitcoin universe. As a historian and numismatist, I’ve long held mixed feelings about the “cryptocurrency,” but—in a moment of weakness—decided the only way to truly understand it was to, well, own some. But doing so has only further convinced me of beliefs that I held toward it beforehand. […]
A massive spill of one-cent blanks (known as “planchets” to numismatists) on a Delaware highway serves as a reminder that the United States penny is still worth its weight in copper-plated zinc–or, that regardless of quantity, the coin has become more of an inconvenience than a value. You decide. Read the full story here.
Suddenly, the world has gone digital. Numismatics is no exception. But Digital History and Academic New Media don’t seek to—and could never—replace good old-fashioned archival work. Indeed, done well, these new methods rely heavily on the archive to bring new perspectives on seemingly well-worn topics, or cast light on long-forgotten ones. In this short piece IDP […]