2007 Sacajawea one dollar coin

PUBLIC LIVES: Sharing a Nation’s History and Culture, a Coin at a Time

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]THE golden coin’s message is as revolutionary as this city gets these days: Put aside revered dead presidents and contemplate Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who courageously guided Lewis and Clark in the 19th-century expedition that redefined America. In the clever marketing hands of the United States Mint’s director, Philip N. Diehl, a popular demand for…

Closed and locked vault door of a safe

Inside Fort Knox: gold or no gold

The public image of the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky, was cemented in the 1964 movie Goldfinger. The four-story vaults of shining chrome bar-encased gold, suspended staircases and vast interior are now classic Hollywood images of what our imaginations want Fort Knox to look like. The reality is very different. I’ve been…