Nov 16, 2011 8:13 PM by Andy Koen
The American Numismatic Association's Money Museum has put together a new collections of coins that could have been. The "patterns coins," as they're called, were stamped for design purposes but never approved for circulation.
The exhibit features rare coins that span an 80 year period during the 19th Century. Most feature "Lady Liberty" on gold or silver dollar and half dollar denominations.
However, there are some that feature an "Indian Princess" and even a two-cent piece with George Washington's image. Museum curator Douglas Mudd points out that using Washington's on coins was considered highly controversial during the 1800's. The first Washington coin wasn't circulated until 1932.
"The fact that it was so controversial to potentially put George Washington on a coin during that era is something that we forget in the modern age," Mudd said.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 818 N. Cascade Ave. General admission costs $5, seniors students and military cost $4. Museum members and children under age 12 are admitted for free.