Enter the Virtual Money Museum to learn about the story of money in the United States.
Paper money has been in circulation since 1690.
Coins began circulation after the creation of the first mint in 1652.
The use of commodities as means of exchange persisted in some societies for hundreds of years after the invention of coinage.
The Mint Act of 1792 gave Americans a coinage system uniquely their own and marked the beginning of the end of reliance on foreign metallic monies.