“What is Money?” Exhibition at University of Calgary

August 9, 2018 – “What is Money?” is the newest exhibition of ethnographic objects from the Nickle’s numismatic collection, showcasing diverse forms of money used across the globe through time.

The exhibition in Calgary. Photo: What is Money exhibition, University of Calgary

The exhibition in Calgary. Photo: What is Money exhibition, University of Calgary

From some of the earliest minted metals of the ancient world to Chinese knife money and African metalwork, from the Canadian Northwest Coast copper shields to unique stone money from the Island of Yap – the exhibition explores a range in cultural understandings of money, its value in society and asks, what is money?

A collection of European coins and other means of payment. Photo: What is Money exhibition, University of Calgary

A collection of European coins and other means of payment. Photo: What is Money exhibition, University of Calgary

The exhibition is located in the Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL). Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 10am-8pm. The admission is free. 

Exhibits from Oceania. Photo: What is Money exhibition, University of Calgary

Exhibits from Oceania. Photo: What is Money exhibition, University of Calgary

As a special event, the museum offers an exhibition talk and tour on September 8th, 3-4pm. 

You can reach the Nickle Galleries here.

This link takes you to the University’s website. 

Calgary is home to the Calgary Stampede, a massive Wild West festival which was commemorated in several coins, as our article shows.

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