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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Macerated Money

Identifier:
E120799
Description:
This is a bust of President Abraham Lincoln made from macerated money. Macerated money is made by taking old paper money and shredding it into tiny pieces which are then formed into shapes and can be sold as souvenirs. This was a common way to dispose of old and outdated money in the United States in the 1870s through the early 1900s. For a time, paper currency was burned once taken out of circulation. Nowadays, bills are shredded and sent to waste energy facilities.
 
Materials:
Money
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
Discovery Kit: Numismatics (October 25 2019)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.        
Maker/Donor
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865.