Caesar Augustus (63BC-14AD)

Gaius Suetonius (AD69-122) was a Roman historian who is known for his book about the twelve emperors of Rome. In his book, he writes of Caesar Augustus collecting old and foreign coins. Augustus was in the habit of giving the coins out as gifts especially during festivals.

Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374)

Called the father of the Renaissance, Francesco Petrarca,  an Italian poet and scholar, is thought to have been one of the first and most famous coin collectors. He brought attention to collecting coins because of their value as works of art. It is said that soon even the popes followed his example and coin collecting became the “hobby of kings”.

American Numismatic Society

The American Numismatic Society is a group of people who are dedicated to the study and collection of coins. The organization was founded in New York on April 6, 1858 and began acquiring coins that same month. Generous gifts of coins, objects and books quickly expanded their collection. It wasn’t until 1908 that one of the early presidents of the group, railroad tycoon Archer M Huntington donated the land at 155th and Broadway and contributed to its construction that ANS had a permanent home.

The organization and its collection have grown into one of the largest and most respected in the world.


Exonumia is the collection and study of objects that resemble money but have not been used as currency including examples such as medals, tokens, buttons and coupons.

Border Police Token Photo George Rath Grocery Token Photo

Lincoln Button Photo

Augustus Denarius photoImage of Francesco Petrarca

ANS Invitation


Money – A History A Hobby