The History of Coins and Paper Money

Learn about coins and paper money

Because coins and paper money have been issued for many centuries, and often featured the image of the king or emperor during their time of issue, these fascinating collectibles are often referred to as "history you can hold in your hands." From this page, you can discover and explore coinage history itself – including ancient Roman and Greek issues, early American coins and coinage substitutes, and official U.S. Mint issues from cents to dollars to precious gold coins. Learn what coins are made of, and how they have been minted throughout the course of history.

You can also explore the intriguing history of paper money – including how paper currency is made, the first notes ever printed, early American issues, and official U.S. paper money from the Civil War era to date.