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Money: Researching the History of U.S. and International Currencies

This guide was created for those interested in money from the economic and policy perspective. While the primary focus is United States currency, there are also resources about international currencies.


Specimen fractional currency advertiser. 1867. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

This guide covers selected resources on the history of money. This guide is not intended to be a comprehensive resource for numismatics research, though the resources that have been included will be a good start for those interested in that area.  This guide was created for those with an interest in money from an economic and policy perspective.

This guide covers the United States specifically and does not go in depth on the money from other countries.  Included are introductory and general online and print resources along with links to relevant subject searches within the Library of Congress online catalog.


About the Business Section

Part of the Science & Business Reading Room at the Library of Congress, the Business Section is the starting point for conducting research at the Library of Congress in the subject areas of business and economics. Here, reference specialists in specific subject areas of business assist patrons in formulating search strategies and gaining access to the information and materials contained in the Library's rich collections of business and economics materials.