The public has the opportunity to team up with numismatic experts to add to or start coin collections during special monthly eBay auctions of duplicate Money Museum items.
Officially, museums are calling this a deactivation, and from June it will include world coins, paper money, tokens and medals, as well as some American coins and coin sets.
Nothing from the money museum’s permanent collection is sold in the auctions, which have around 50 lots each, said Deborah Muehleisen, marketing and communications director. Starting bids are being kept low to make them available to everyone, she said.
The Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., is operated by the non-profit American Numismatic Association.
The association’s collection, founded in 1928, was in the Smithsonian Institution until 1966 when the ANA’s permanent headquarters moved to Colorado Springs and the Money Museum was established.
Since then, the collection has grown to hundreds of thousands of objects, “many of which are multiple duplicates of those needed to fulfill the museum’s educational mission,” said museum curator and director Doug Mudd. The sale will allow ANA to make room for future properties, while the proceeds generated will help support our ongoing mission to promote and advance the hobby of numismatics. We believe the fairest way to sell our duplicates is through open auctions. “
The approximately 28,000 ANA members receive sales discounts.
Sales are later expanded to duplicate books and catalogs from the ANA library, as well as items from the Money Museum store.
According to Mudd, the deactivation auctions “will be in the works for the next few years”.
Information about the auctions or the ANA: 632-2646, money.org/money-museum.