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25 Mar 2020

Virginia Gildersleeve and the United Nations Conference on International Organization

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

April 25, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, a convention of delegates from 50Allied Nationsthat took place from April 25, 1945 to June 26, 1945 in San Francisco, CA and resulted in the creation of theUnited Nations Charter. For nearly 14 straight weeks, 850 delegates surmounted crisis after crisis to create an international organization to be known as the United Nations.

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21 Mar 2020

A De-constructed National Coin Week Exhibit

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

Each year for the last eight years, my local coin club, the Huron Valley Numismatic Society (which meets in Highland, MI) has created an exhibit at the Milford Public Library in Milford, MI for the American Numismatic Association (ANA) National Coin Week (NCW). However, this year, MPL has closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus until at least April 5, 2020, and probably longer. So, I'm deconstructing our exhibit for this year and putting the text and some photos on my ANA Blog in case we may not be able to create an actual exhibit at MPL from April 19 -25, 2020.

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20 Mar 2020

Women in Numismatics and in History

National Coin Week | Big Nub Numismatics

As I sat with my computer thinking of a woman to properly research for this years national coin week, a few names bounced around in my head. Marie Curie- A scientist known for her work in radioactive elements, Emmy Noether- A mathematician and theoretical physicist, and Joan Clark- a mathematician and cryptanalyst known for her work with Alan Turing. As I tried to decide which one to pursue, I looked just a tad deeper into each and when I looked into Joan Clark, I knew she was the one because not only was she a brilliant mathematician, but she was also a numismatist.

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09 Mar 2020

The Underappreciated Elizabeth Fulhame

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

In the social sciences, a catalyst is a person or event that hastens a change. And many catalysts have been women. For example, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, progressive reformer Jane Addams founded settlement houses and was the catalyst that hastened a change in the way poor industrialized workers were treated and created the profession of social work.

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01 Mar 2020

Sheindel Rabi’s Legacy of Good Questions

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

In 1900, Sheindel Rabi immigrated to the United States from what is now Poland with her husband and her one-year old son. They ran a grocery store, and her son Isidor Isaac became a physicist.

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29 Feb 2020

The Heartbreaking Life of Mileva Maric

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

Mileva Maric was born into a well to do family in present day Serbia in 1875. She earned high grades in mathematics and physics in high school and enrolled in Zurich Polytechnic in 1896 to pursue a diploma to teach physics and mathematics. She was the only woman in the program.After initial academic success, her test scores slipped, and she failed her graduation exams. In 1901, she became pregnant by a fellow student four years her junior and, after failing her graduation exams a second time, discontinued work on her diploma. In 1902, she had a daughter whom she gave up for adoption. In 1903, she married the father of her daughter, whom she called "Johnnie" in the love letters they exchanged, and gave up her own scientific ambitions.

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27 Feb 2020

Madam Chancellor, Dr. rer. nat.

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

Angela Dorthea Kasner was born on July 17, 1954 in Hamburg, Germany and moved with her family to East Germany when her father took a pastorate at a Lutheran church near Perleberg. She showed talent in Russian and mathematics in her early school years and took a degree in physics at the University of Leipzig in 1978. From 1978 to 1990, she worked and studied at the Central Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin. She was awarded a Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat.) degree for her dissertation on calculating the velocity constants for simple hydrocarbon reactions and published papers in journals including the Journal of The American Chemical Society.

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19 Feb 2020

A Most Remarkable Woman

National Coin Week | Mokester

80 years ago you might have had a Washington Quarter, Mercury Dime and Buffalo Nickel in your pants pocket. 80 Years ago, purchasing a home would have set you back about $4000, a loaf of bread 10 Cents and a new car about $850. 80 Years ago we, here in the United States, were following the news of Great Britain and its air battle with the German Luftwaffe. 80 Years ago tensions were rising in the Pacific as the United States watched Japan’s attempt to conquer our Chinese allies. 80 Years ago, Hattie McDaniel broke the color barrier in Hollywood and won the first Oscar given to an African-American by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her supporting role in the classic movie Gone With The Wind.

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17 Feb 2020

National Coin Week, April 19-25

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

Dear ANA members,National Coin Week is April 19-25. This year's theme is "Remarkable Women: Catalysts of Change," celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the vital contributions of women in numismatics and society.

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05 Aug 2019

NCW coin design submission: a plant formula to end world hunger

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

A submission from Young Numismatist Adam Ostrander, who imagines a plant formula that combats poverty and world hunger

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