Ellen R. Feingold
Curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History
Ellen R. Feingold is the curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. She is the author of The Value of Money (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2015) and the curator of the eponymous exhibit at the National Museum of American History. Prior to her work at the Smithsonian, Feingold served as Project Curator for the Money in Africa project at the British Museum and earned her doctorate from the University of Oxford. She is passionate about using the history of money to inform contemporary debates. At the Smithsonian she recently curated an exhibition about Women on Money, inspired by the U.S. Treasury's decision to redesign American banknotes to depict historic women. Her research specialties include the history of money and monetary objects, counterfeiting and forgery, and legal institutions and the administration of justice.