Some legendary coins are the first of their kind; others are the first step in a new creation. In this section of the online exhibition entitled "Legendary Coins and Currency'' , students will learn about some of the famous "firsts'' in the history of American money: the first colonial currency, the first currency created for the United States during the American Revolution and after the adoption of the Constitution, and the coins bequeathed by James Smithson to the United States that were used to found the Smithsonian Institution. This highly interactive resource, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, allows students to rotate and zoom in on objects for detailed examination. A glossary linked to the exhibition will help students learn challenging vocabulary.


  • Language Arts > General
  • Social Studies > General
  • Mathematics > General

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  • Grade 5
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