The American Numismatic Association published a press release on May 26, 2016 about a new exhibit at their headquarters museum. Thanks to
Morgan Perry and Doug Mudd for some additional information and photos. -Editor
The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, operated by the American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs, has unveiled an expansion of its
“Gold Rush” exhibit, which currently highlights Colorado mining history with displays of Clark Gruber &Co. territorial gold coins and Lesher
The permanent exhibit now showcases the California Gold Rush as seen through the instruments that were essential for processing
bullion—scales and weights. The exhibit was made possible through a donation from the Gerard A. Smith Collection.
Notable instruments on display include a giant scale used at the Denver Mint, as well as handheld scales used by miners and prospectors
in the gold fields. Also on display is a scale model replica of a Wells Fargo “Concord” stagecoach. First introduced in 1827, the Concord
stagecoach was designed for freight and passenger service; Wells Fargo adopted the Concord for its passenger, mail and bullion service in
“Donations of this type help to make the ANA's educational mission possible and enables the Money Museum to enhance exhibits by
illustrating the history of our country through numismatic objects,” said Doug Mudd, the Money Museum's curator and director.
Rush For Riches
The California Gold Rush began in 1848 with James Wilson Marshall's historic find at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, Calif. The world became
electrified as rumors of a gold discovery spread; within months, 300,000 potential miners stampeded west to the new promised land of
The balance (also known as the balance scale, beam balance or laboratory balance) was the first mass measuring instrument invented.
Scales have been used in the U.S. since the colonial period to weigh coins, accurately calculate their value and detect counterfeits.
Scales were also essential to miners.
Money Museum Background
The Money Museum includes an extensive and ever-growing collection of historical numismatic treasures. This one-of-a-kind facility
showcases some of the most valuable and significant numismatic items the public cannot see anywhere else. Rarities include a 1913 Liberty
Head nickel valued at $2 million and two of the 15 known 1804 dollars valued together at $6 million.
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