IMEX 2023: Museum of American Finance Showcases Financial History
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Section: National

by Museum of American Finance
Rare US High-Denomination Bills, JFK's Signature, and First Edition 'Security Analysis' On Display.

In a celebration of financial history and the enduring impact of economic decisions, the Museum of American Finance, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, has received a prestigious invitation to showcase some of its most treasured artifacts at the first annual International Money Exposition (IMEX). This event, set to take place in Nashville, Tennessee, from October 27th to 28th, 2023, promises to be a global money show like no other, attracting over 350 dealers and thousands of attendees from across the world.

The Museum of American Finance, situated in the heart of New York, has been diligently preserving and presenting the history and practice of finance in the United States for decades. Its collection comprises thousands of documents, certificates, and examples of currency, offering a comprehensive view of the nation’s financial journey. From vintage stock tickers to Wall Street memorabilia, photographs, prints, books, and periodicals, this museum is a treasure trove of economic history.

At IMEX, the museum will proudly display some of its most iconic pieces, allowing visitors to connect with the past and appreciate the evolution of finance in the United States. Here are a few of the notable artifacts that will be on display:

  1. Alexander Hamilton’s 1790 “Report on the Public Credit”: Often regarded as the economic equivalent of the U.S. Constitution, this document carries profound significance in shaping the nation’s financial system.
  2. President George Washington’s Federal Bond: Dated January 17, 1792, and signed by Washington himself, this bond represents one of the earliest financial instruments issued by the young nation.
  3. Earliest Known Check in the Public Domain: Witness history through this artifact, a tangible representation of the humble beginnings of modern banking.
  4. US Steel Corporation $100,000 Bond: Issued to none other than Andrew Carnegie on June 14, 1901, and later redeemed by the J.P. Morgan Company on July 23, 1913, this bond exemplifies the industrial giants of the early 20th century.
  5. Blank Check Signed by President John F. Kennedy: This check, carried by his Secret Service detail on that fateful day in Dallas on November 22, 1963, holds a poignant place in American history.

Visitors to IMEX will have the unique opportunity to engage with the museum’s knowledgeable staff members who will be on hand to discuss these documents and provide insights into the broader significance of financial history. Whether you’re a seasoned financial expert or a curious enthusiast, this exhibition promises to be an enlightening and enriching experience.

The International Money Exposition will be hosted at the Music City Center in Downtown Nashville, offering a central location for attendees. The event is open to the public, welcoming visitors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, October 27th, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 28th.

The Museum of American Finance, in its pursuit of financial education and historical preservation, aligns perfectly with the IMEX’s mission to explore the world of money. By showcasing these rare artifacts, the museum aims to empower individuals of all backgrounds to understand and appreciate the profound impact of finance on our lives.

For those interested in delving deeper into the history of finance or seeking to understand its contemporary relevance, the Museum of American Finance offers a wealth of resources, including exhibits, financial literacy programs, and public events. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, it stands as a beacon of knowledge and enlightenment.

Don’t miss this remarkable opportunity to explore the economic roots of the United States and gain fresh insights into the world of finance. To learn more about the Museum of American Finance and its initiatives, visit or connect with the Museum on Facebook or Twitter.

Join us at IMEX and embark on a journey through time, where dollars and cents reveal the story of a nation’s progress and prosperity.