A century ago, the United States Mint was preparing to release what would become one of the country’s best-loved coin designs. A North American bison named Black Diamond likely served as the model for the coin’s iconic reverse.

“Buffalo Nickel Centennial: Black Diamond Shines Again” is the theme for the 90th annual National Coin Week, April 21-27.


The American Numismatic Association will host a variety of National Coin Week educational activities online and at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo. Events, activities and educational content will focus on the Indian Head/Buffalo nickel (1913-1938), including subjects such as Native American history, animals on coins, the “Renaissance of American Coinage” and the famous 1913 Liberty Head nickel.

Activities and resources for National Coin Week include:


  • A video treasure hunt. Collectors will be able to watch video clues via theANA’s YouTube page and website to find numismatic objects and answers.
  • An ANA club challenge, where member clubs test their numismatic knowledge and compete for prizes.
  • A promotional kit for clubs with educational materials, buttons, bookmarks and more.
  • An open house at the Money Museum on April 27, which will include free admission, activities for children and adults, and the minting of the 2013 National Coin Week medallette in the museum’s Mini-Mint.
  • A variety of promotional information atwww.money.org/NationalCoinWeek, including a sample press release, proclamation, interactive flyer and exhibit panels.


Prizes for the treasure hunt and club challenge include a 2001 American Buffalo commemorative silver dollar, 1999 Yellowstone National Park commemorative silver dollar and other great prizes. More information on National Coin Week will be made available in the coming weeks.


For more information or to request club promotional materials, email ncw@money.org or call 719-482-9814.

Originally Release Date: January 4, 2013

ANA Contacts: Phone: 719-482-9872

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