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Military Decorations Displayed at Money Museum

History buffs and military aficionados alike are sure to appreciate the new exhibit at the Money Museum, “Trenches to Treaties: World War I in Remembrance,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of “The Great War.” Operated by the American Numismatic Association (ANA), the Money Museum exhibit honors WWI soldiers through a spectacular display of medals and military decorations such as the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor, the French Croix de Guerre (Cross of War) and the Victoria Cross (the highest award of the United Kingdom).  

“You call these baubles, well, it is with baubles that men are led…Do you think that you would be able to make men fight by reasoning? Never. That is good only for the scholar in his study. The Soldier needs glory, distinctions, rewards.” —Napoleon Bonaparte

During World War I, military decorations were created or revived by all combatant nations. Medals were awarded for bravery, heroism, and service in battles or campaigns. Strictly speaking, medals incorporate all awards that hang from a ribbon, while decorations are awarded only for battlefield accomplishments.

Military decorations have been awarded since ancient times. Egypt had the Order of the Golden Collar during the Old Kingdom (2686-2181 B.C.) and the Romans had torcs (neck bands), armillae (arm bands) and phalerae (metal discs), often in gold or silver, for bravery and military achievements. Richly jeweled necklaces and bracelets were given during the early Middle Ages, which became the basis for modern orders of chivalry and military decorations.

Admission Information

Effective June 1, admission prices to the ANA’s Money Museum are as follows:

  • General Admission – $8

  • Seniors (55+), military and students (with ID) – $6

  • Groups of 8 or more – $5 per person*

  • School groups and children 12 and under – Free

*Guided tours are available by reservation only.

Admission to the Money Museum is free on the third Saturday of every month. Admission is always free for children 12 and under, ANA members, and Colorado College students, staff and faculty.

The Money Museum is located at 818 N. Cascade Ave, adjacent to the campus of Colorado College and next door to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Museum hours of operation are TuesdaySaturday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org/money-museum.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational

organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

Last Chance to See Olympic Coins and Memorabilia at the Money Museum

Don’t miss a final opportunity to experience “Olympic Games—History and Numismatics” before its run closes at the American Numismatic Association’s Money Museum mid-April. This exhibit showcases the wide range of Olympic numismatic objects and memorabilia and explores the Games from their ancient beginnings to the modern revival.

Notable artifacts on display include rare Syracusan dekadrachms (Greek coins) from the fifth century B.C. designed by two of the most celebrated engravers of the ancient world; a 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics bronze medallion designed by the famed Karl Goetz; a complete set of award medals from the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics and 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee; plus participation medals, torches and even a few mascots.

(Pictured: Syracusan dekadrachms.)

World War I Exhibit Opening in May

The Money Museum is preparing to unveil its new installation “Trenches to Treaties: World War I in Remembrance,” which will include a complete set of “victory medals” issued by the Allied nations and presented to veterans of the “War to End All Wars,” as well as propaganda and satirical medals issued by artists of combatant nations.

Called “The Great War” and more optimistically“The War to End All Wars,” World War I changed the world’s political map and the fabric ofEuropean civilization.  For more than four years, from 1914 to 1918, more than 17 million people perished in an unprecedented maelstrom of destruction, but the consequences extended beyond casualties and physical damage. Explore the events, history and effects of World War I using medals, coins and paper currency! The World War I exhibit opens in early May.

(Pictured: The “Kultur” (Culture) medal, created to satirize Germany’s brutal conquest of Belgium. Designed by Paul Manship.)

About the Money Museum

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 coins, paper money and related 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.

The Money Museum is located at 818 N. Cascade Ave, adjacent to the campus of Colorado College and next door to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Museum hours of operation are TuesdaySaturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 ($4 for seniors, military and students). Kids 12 and under are free. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org/money-museum.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.