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Mexican Revolution Coinage to be Highlighted in Exhibit, Talk at ASU

October 21, 2010

The opening of the new West Texas Collection exhibit “¡Viva la Revolución! The Money of the Mexican Revolution” Nov. 2 at Angelo State University will feature a presentation by Don Bailey, an authority on money from that turbulent period and one of the exhibit’s creators.

Bailey will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, in the C.J. Davidson Center about the uniqueness of the coinage from this tumultuous period in Mexican history. His talk will complement the exhibit, which showcases coins in circulation during the revolution and place the money in its historical context. The exhibit in the Art Gallery of the Houston Harte University Center will be open for viewing 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Nov. 30.

A reception and exhibit viewing opportunity will follow Bailey’s talk, which is part of the West Texas Collection’s celebration of the Mexican Revolution, which began a century ago in November of 1910. The West Texas Collection has an extensive collection of money, coinage, photographs and documents related to the Mexican Revolution.

Paper money and coinage from the Mexican Revolution is prized by collectors because of its variety and rarity. Because of short money supply and a constantly changing government, the revolutionaries had difficulty paying their troops until the revolutionary leaders started printing and coining their own money. While some of the coinage and paper money were beautifully crafted, other currencies were created using rudimentary methods and any available material. The exhibit was created and sponsored by the American Numismatic Association Museum of Colorado Springs.

Bailey and his wife, Lois, have been collecting and dealing in the Mexican numismatic field since 1961. Their interest over the years has expanded to include anything historical of Mexico, such as medals, decorations, historical documents and books. They operate as Lois and Don Bailey Numismatic Services and both are life members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA).

For his efforts to research money from the Mexican Revolution and to educate people about that period through the preservation and exhibition of coinage, the Mexican Government has awarded Bailey the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest award given to a foreigner. Additionally, he has received ANA’s Presidential Award and Glenn Smedley Award while he and his wife have been honored with the ANA’s Medal of Merit. Awards from the Sociedad Numismatica de Mexico include the Jose Tamborrel Award twice, the Alberto Francisco Pradeau Award twice and the Presidential Award.

The exhibit and talk are sponsored by the West Texas Collection and the University Center Program Council.