Money Talks: An Introduction To The State Coinages Of The Confederation, 1785 – 1788

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) has announced the nes\xt Money Talk lecture will take place on July 18, 2020. The lecture is titled An Introduction To The State Coinages Of The Confederation, 1785 – 1788 and will be held via video conference for ANS members.

Under the Articles of Confederation, the rights of the individual states to coin money was recognized.  The states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey took advantage and passed legislation authorizing the production of a copper coinage.  Vermont was not yet a state, but followed suit.  When the Constitution was ratified, it took away the states’ right to produce their own coinage.  We will present an overview of the legislation, mints, people involved and the coins themselves.

American Numismatic Society

The Money Talks lectures generally are one hour in length and ANS members can contact Emma Pratte at to register for the event and get the link to the video conference.

Access to the Money Talks series is limited to ANS members. The lecture series, which are now held via a webinar, gives members of the society unique insights and updates to Numismatic projects, finds, and research from some of the top Numismatist in the world. 

Generally, 2-3 weeks after each Money Talk lecture, the ANS publishes it on their YouTube channel – but that is not always a guarantee.

Information on joining the American Numismatic Society can be found on the Membership page of the Society’s site. Member gives access to the Money Talks lecture series as well as other benefits, including:

Editors Note: Clinton, the editor of, is a member of the American Numismatic Society and no compensation was provided for this post by the ANS.

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