The North Carolina Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present a program "Currency in Chaos: How the Civil War Changed America’s Money."
The event is June 2, 2012, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, in Wilson Library on the UNC campus. It is free and open to the public.
Wendell Wolka and other presenters will discuss the confusion and proliferation of paper money, coins, and various substitutes in both the South and North during the American Civil War, and how during that period, our money changed forever.
Wolka’s keynote speech is titled “And the World Turned Upside Down: The Effect of the Civil War on the Paper Money of the United States both North and South." He will discuss how the war changed the nature of America's money. Wolka is a governor of the American Numismatic Association and past president and current governor of the Society of Paper Money Collectors. Wolka has authored books on the obsolete paper money of Indiana and Ohio and dozens of articles for numismatic journals.
Additional presentations include:
• A discussion of fractional paper money issued by the federal government to ease the shortage of circulating coins by Dennis Edens. Edens is a life-long coin and currency collector specializing in fractional currency. He serves as vice president of the Raleigh Coin Club.
• An examination of some printers who produced Civil War paper money, especially North Carolina’s state and private issues, by Jerry Roughton. Roughton is the author of several monographs on North Carolina numismatics and co-publisher of the North Carolina Numismatic Scrapbook, a journal of original numismatic research.
• A look at counterfeiting and the effect it had on the war and the southern economy by Bob Schreiner. Schreiner is author of several articles and presentations on obsolete paper money, and past president of the North Carolina Numismatic Association.
Experts will be on hand to evaluate your notes, coins, or other money items from the Civil War era.
The program is receiving support from the Friends of the Library, the Society of Paper Money Collectors, the North Carolina Numismatic Association, and the Raleigh Coin Club.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (919) 962-0104,
Linda Jacobson, Keeper, North Carolina Collection Gallery, Wilson Special Collections Library, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.