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16 Jul 2019

2019 National Coin Week design contest

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. 2019 National Week honored this achievement by focusing on discovery and invention, and received some great responses to a design contest for a U.S. commemorative coin from 50 years from now in 2069.Here's an interesting submission from ANA member John Johnson about a silver dollar commemorating the first contact with an alien civilization:US Mint Press Release:25th Anniversary of the First Contact with an Alien Civilization Silver Dollar ProgramOn July 1st 2044, the radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico picked up the first identifiable signal from an alien civilization. Dr. Hana Johnson, University of Central Florida, and lead astronomer at the Arecibo site, recalls that day during a recent interview with Nasa News Reporter, Emory Blaidsdeall. "It was about 4:30 AM when one of our grad students, Rebekah Craft, rang me up and told me a very unusual broadcast was coming from the vicinity of Alpha Centauri. I threw on some clothes and drove quickly to the telescope site."Upon arrival, I noted that an obvious mathematical proof was being broadcast continuously along with other signals clearly coming from an intelligent species. Over the next few months, we were able to decipher additional mathematical proofs and we were able to send our own signal back. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has now turned into Contact with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CETI) and our ability to understand our Alpha Centauri friends continues to grow."The US Mint and CETI are proud to introduce the Silver Anniversary of Extraterrestrial Contact with a stunning new Commemorative Dollar. The Obverse of the Dollar shows the Arecibo Dish with signals arriving from distant Alpha Centauri, the dual date 2044-2069, Liberty, and In God We Trust. The Reverse of the First Contact Dollar shows the control room of the Arecibo site with Dr. Johnson sitting at a terminal listening intently to the sounds of first contact.

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24 May 2019

National Coin Week Design Contest, Grand Prize Winner

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

Congratulations to Young Numismatist Jeremy Sheng, who won the grand prize in the 2019 National Coin Week design contest. Here is his winning submission:

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28 Apr 2019

slight description of my entry

National Coin Week | A.J.

i cant show my coin because i have sent it in already. but i can give a brief description.My coin is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first picture of a black hole.(This actually happend, as you might know)The obverse shows the photo, with IN GOD WE TRUST, E PLUBUS ULUM, and 2019-2069.The reverse shows the Earth, with satellite dishes from around the world collecting data for the photo, sending them to a point where it was constructed in Florida, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, HALF DOLLAR/ONE DOLLAR/FIVE DOLLARS, and LIBERTY.It is curved, where the obverse is concave, and the reverse is convex.the half dollar is clad, the dollar is .999 fine silver, and the 5 dollar coin in .999 fine gold.

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28 Apr 2019

**Lucky Lotto Ticket?**

National Coin Week | Kepi

National Coin Week is a wonderful event for the Numismatic Community as well as all those potential folks that might find the goodies we have all "thrown" out there in circulation. One of the things I contributed is this Series 1935 E Silver Certificate One Dollar Bill. This was really exciting to me as I live in a smaller town and wondered where should I "spend" this little beauty? I decided on an old local mini-mart near my home. Now what to buy??? What could I purchase for a buck... perhaps a lucky lotto ticket!!! So I did. I passed my silver certificate right across the counter to the cashier who to my surprise finished the transaction without so much as a second look to my dollar! I'm thinking "Dude! What's the matter with you!" It's really wild how alot of people don't really look at our money. Now back to that lotto ticket... Lucky? We have yet to see! Hope you enjoyed my blog! Comments are always welcomed.

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10 Apr 2019

Gearing up for NCW

National Coin Week | A.J.

I just CAN'T WAIT for the 96th annual coin week! soo many things happening, like West point Quarters, and apon thousands and thousands of older coins! and this years theme; "discover them past, Envision the future". And our Activities, like trivias, coin designs, and Everything else! gear up, collectors, its gonna be a joyus ride!

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11 Jul 2018

Better Exploring National Coin Week

National Coin Week | user_86205

Personally, National Coin Week is my favorite section of the year that the American Numismatic Association hosts. Why? It is an enjoyable week of club bonding, rich history, and intriguing online trivia. It is also fun to compete in the writing contest as well as completing the youth activity. Let's take a better look at ways to get envolved when National Coin Week comes around.

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23 May 2018

National Coin Week: Winning Entry

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

Coins have long formed a common language of commerce. Since the dawn of international trade, Austrian Thalers, Spanish Pieces of Eight, and other Trade Dollars sealed deals between merchants, often thousand miles from where the currencies were minted. Nowadays, coins connect collectors; forming the lens through which many of us learn about obscure rulers, economic theories, and corners of the world we would have trouble even finding on a map. Coins continue to bring people together.At any given numismatic club meeting, you might find ancient Greek coins next to the latest novelty pieces freshly minted for Niue. Likewise, you'll find people from all walks of life. In my club – the Dallas Coin Club - you'll find retired engineers rubbing elbows with office temps, hunters and gun-control advocates united in their political opinions about ancient controversies (ie; Free Silver coinage or the use of reeding to stop counterfeiting), and members whose genealogy traces to all corners of the world sharing a plate of beef fajita nachos.Numismatics is the common thread tying us all together. While we may not be able to agree on Chardonnay or Sweet Tea with dinner, our common passion drives us to admire the same R-5 token, MS65PL medal, or large sized note with a PPQ designation. Through show-and-tell and educational programs, we learn about items that may not be in our personal collections... yet. Sometimes, another member's enthusiasm for two cent pieces, or error coins, or the 1936 US Philippine commemoratives can spark a lifelong interest.Numismatics is about more than just gaining personal knowledge. It's about accumulating and sharing the stories that bring coins to life. It's about teaching how to protect the tiny pieces of art that pass through our hands for future generations. It's about gaming out winning bidding strategies, passing along metal detecting skills, and identifying new die varieties for others to check in their collection. In these and any of a dozen other applications, numismatic knowledge becomes more than the sum of its parts when it brings collectors together.

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