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18 Jul 2019

NCW coin design submission: Finding A Cure

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

Here's a nice coin design submission from Young Numismatist Luke Daniel, who envisions finally discovering a cure for cancer.

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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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