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Sacagawea coin casts coming home to Colorado

Posted at 3:53 PM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 15:02:55-04

(COLORADO SPRINGS) – The Money Museum recently acquired artifacts from an artist with roots in Colorado Springs.

The museum received one of the three plaster-casts of the original design and a plaster of the final design of the $1 Sacagawea coin. It also has examples of the first coins struck by the U.S. mint, a bronze cast of the design and a small statue of Sacagawea holding one of the coins.

“Yes, we got a donation that’s really exciting because it’s from Glenna Goodacre. She was the artist that was chosen to design the Sacagawea dollar,” commented Museum Curator Douglas Mudd.

Goodacre studied at Colorado College and is an internationally recognized artist. Colorado College recently named one of its housing units after Goodacre, who is also known for designing the Vietnam Women’s memorial in Washington D.C.

For the Money Museum, the donations present an interesting dilemma.

“We have a typical problem for a lot of museums. We have a lot more stuff than we can actually display,” Mudd continued.

Which means, for now, the new donation will make its way online. Here it will join many other artifacts in the museum’s quickly growing web-based collection, becoming another tale from the vault.

“Hopefully, eventually, it will be much larger than our actual museum as far as the displays that will be truly virtual.”

To find out and see more on the new donation, or any of the money museum’s not so ill gotten gains, you can visit them online at MONEY.ORG.

Or you can go straight HERE to learn more about the homecoming of these fascinating pieces.