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Jacob Perkins and Newburyport Coinage

  • Museum of Old Newbury 98 High Street Newburyport, MA, 01950 United States (map)

Join one of the area’s most knowledgeable numismatists, Rick Bagg, as he leads a presentation about local coins. At the auction firm where he spent his career, Rick handled several hundred million dollars in coins for thousands of clients. 

One of Newburyport's most important historical figures was Jacob Perkins, whose engraving plant is located to the rear of the Cushing House.  Perkins printed currency for Newburyport, and engraved the first cent to circulate in Massachusetts. A little known fact is that Perkins printed the first stamp ever manufactured, the penny black ,which was used in England. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own historic coins for discussion, and Rick will also bring samples of money made and used locally.  This program will run twice, once on March 23 and once on March 30.

This program is part of Mid-day History at the HIST, a series of talks designed to offer a refreshing twist to your typical lunch hour.  Bring your lunch, get away from the office or out of the house for a bit, and learn something new about your community.  
Please RSVP to 978-462-2681 or
Members: Free   Non-Members: $5
Beverages provided