James Smithson's Money
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James Smithson


Bills and Coins


Gives user large amounts of knowledge with each piece


Causes separation from family members



Collected by

Warehouse 12


Academia Avenue





Date of Collection

December 15, 1867


Origin[edit | edit source]

James Smithson, (c. 1765 – 27 June 1829) was an English chemist and mineralogist. He was the founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution.

Smithson was the illegitimate child of the 1st Duke of Northumberland, and was born secretly in Paris, on an unknown date, possibly in the Pentemont Abbey, as Jacques-Louis Macie (later altered to James Louis). Eventually, he was naturalized in England and attended university, studying chemistry and mineralogy. Smithson traveled extensively throughout Europe publishing papers about his findings. Considered a talented amateur in his field, Smithson maintained an inheritance he acquired from his mother and other relatives.

Smithson was never married and had no children; therefore, when he wrote his will, he left his estate to his nephew, or his nephew's family if his nephew died before Smithson. If his nephew was to die without heirs, however, Smithson's will stipulated that his estate be donated to the founding of an educational institution in Washington, D.C., in the United States. In 1835, his nephew died and so could not claim to be the recipient of his estate; therefore, Smithson became the founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. despite having never visited the United States.

Effects[edit | edit source]

The collection of money consists mostly of British coins, with some foreign currency mixed in. With each piece, the user’s knowledge base greatly expands. The most detailed and encyclopedic knowledge usually concerns chemistry and geology. With each piece, the user’s connections to their family will become weaker until they are unable to remember them.

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