history of U.s. coinage suite (5 modules)

The History of U.S. Coinage, dates back long before the United States was even formed, where early Americans in the Thirteen Colonies used Indian Wampum Beads for trade, to the Earliest Colonial Coins through the American Revolution. The Mint Act of 1792 formalized our nations coinage into standardized denominations, struck in our first U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, and through the subsequent Branch Mints, where U.S coins told the story of America from our Independence, to the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the Gilded Age, into the Twentieth Century, the Modern Era, the New Millennium and beyond. Discover the history of our pocket change over the last two centuries, and gain a new respect for this monetary art in struck in precious metals over the last two centuries.

The Mint Act of 1792 formalized our nations coinage into standardized denominations, struck in our first U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, and through the subsequent Branch Mints, where U.S coins told the story of America from our Independence, to the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the Gilded Age, into the Twentieth Century, the Modern Era, the New Millennium and beyond.

Discover the history of our pocket change over the last two centuries, and gain a new respect for this monetary art in struck in precious metals over the last two centuries.

Early Americas (17th to 18th Century)

Length: 55 minutes
  • Topic 1: The Thirteen Colonies
  • Topic 2: Early American Coinage>
  • Topic 3: Coinage of the 1700s'
  • Topic 4: Independence & Money
  • Topic 5: Transitional Coinage
Launch Course

The Young Republic (Late 18th to Mid 19th Century)

Length: 46 minutes
  • Topic 1: The Mint Act of 1792
  • Topic 2: The First U.S. Coins
  • Topic 3: Early U.S. Silver & Gold Coins
  • Topic 4: Mint Decline & Recovery
  • Topic 5: New Coinage Designs
Launch Course

The Gold Rush (1848 - 1855)

Length: 45 minutes
  • Topic 1: Gold Discovery & Gold Rush
  • Topic 2: New Federal Gold Coinage
  • Topic 3: California Private Mints
  • Topic 4: Utah & Oregon Private Mints
  • Topic 5: U.S. Mint at San Francisco
Launch Course

The Civil War (1861 - 1865)

Length: 39 minutes
  • Topic 1: Southern Secession
  • Topic 2: Southern Mints
  • Topic 3: Confederate Coinage
  • Topic 4: Civil War Currency
  • Topic 5: Federal Coinage
Launch Course

The Gilded Age (1865 - 1914)

Length: 41 minutes
  • Topic 1: Gilded Age Origins
  • Topic 2: Gilded Age Money<
  • Topic 3: The Crime of 1873
  • Topic 4: Coinage Renaissance
  • Topic 5: Commemoratives & Tokens
Launch Course

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