National Coin Week 2018 Celebrates Unity Across Borders

To honor the role of numismatics in building bridges and promoting unity and reconciliation, "Connecting Cultures: From Many, One" is the theme for the 95th annual National Coin Week, April 15-21, 2018.  Check back soon for updates on contests and activities.

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Articles from The Numismatist

These articles from The Numismatist embody this year's National Coin Week theme, Connecting Cultures: From Many, One.

Read on and discover fascinating historical examples of numismatics promoting unity.

Faster, Higher, Stronger: Coins & Medals of the Olympics

The Olympics are always a unifying world event. Learn about the coins and medals that honor these games.

Spanning the Ages: The Brooklyn Bridge

Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge has been honored on a variety of medals and tokens.

Peace Dollars: Icons of Post World War I

The ANA spearheaded the creation of a $1 coin commemorating peace following World War I.

The Euro Story

The euro was introduced in 2002, but its origins can be traced to ancient times.

Bridging Art & Numismatics: Michigan Avenue Bridge

Sculptures featured on Chicago's Michigan Avenue Bridge were created by two prominent coin designers.

Peace Through War: An Ancient Delusion

Did the Roman Empire achieve "Peace Through War"? An interesting article from the Nov. 1916 The Numismatist.

Made for Trade: The Stella

The U.S. considered producing a $4 gold coin to become part of the Latin Monetary Union. The patterns are rare and cherished.


1787 Fugio cent

The 13 linked rings represent the new United States.

2002 20€ note, reverse

The bridge is a unifying theme on euro notes. Initially a fictional bridge, it was later built near Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Karl Goetz' 1918

Karl Goetz' 1918 "Christmas at Home" medal celebrates a holiday of peace after four years consumed by war.

2012 10 rand note

This beautiful note features anti-apartheid revolutionary and president of South Africa (1994-1999) Nelson Mandela.

Song: Money Makes the World Go Round

"Money Makes the World Go Round", written and performed by Mark Keefner and Alan O'Day, focuses on money as a way to find common ground and achieve unity.


50 States Quarters Program

The U.S. Mint's 50 State Quarters Program brought together a nation of collectors. Explore the coins celebrating each state in our union.


Money Makes the World Go Round

Money forms a bond that allows societies to function and interact globally. Learn about the last 50 years of monetary evolution.


The History of National Coin Week

National Coin Week began in 1923, when American Numismatic Association Governor Julius Guttag suggested to the association's, President Moritz Wormser, that a week-long event should be established “to attract the general public to our hobby and consequently increase our membership, and aid in our science.” That December, the first announcement of a “Coin Week” was made in The Numismatist and scheduled for the week of February 9-16, 1924.

The first National Coin Week was a success, and discussion ensued in 1924 about establishing an annual event. The following year, the name was changed to “Old Coin Week,” and the event was planned for February 15-21. In 1925 Wormser said, “Let us all work together for the accomplishments of the principles for which the American Numismatic Association was founded: To disperse numismatic knowledge . . . to demonstrate that numismatics is an educational and entertaining pursuit . . . and to imbue other collectors with your own enthusiasm and love for the subject.”

Coin Week enjoyed successful observances in 1926 and 1927 under President H.H. Yawger. But, from 1928 to 1938, the association did not actively promote the event, and it existed in name only. In 1939 member Lee Hewitt of Chicago proposed that the American Numismatic Association reinstate Coin Week as “National Coin Week.” President J. Henri Ripstra confirmed a new March date and announced that prizes would be given to clubs and individuals who accomplished the most during the week. In 1942 the observance was moved to the third full week of April, where it has remained ever since.


Club Info & Activities

Fill out the form below to request promotional National Coin Week materials for your club. Check back soon for more information and our Club Trivia Challenge!

Club Trivia Challenge


Participating clubs answer 15 questions pertaining to the theme. Clubs that achieve the high score are entered in a drawing for an assortment of grand prizes, including:

1st place: U.S. Mint 2018 American Eagle one-tenth ounce gold proof coin

2nd place: U.S. Mint 2018 World War I centennial proof silver dollar and 2018 silver proof set

3rd place: U.S. Mint 2018 silver proof set

*Other prizes, including 2018 proof sets, will be awarded

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National Coin Week Activities


Writing Contest

A contest where members write about how numismatics creates unity. Topics can be historical/research based, or personal experiences about people coming together through coin club meetings, conventions, Summer Seminar, etc. Essays should be 350 words max, with images encouraged. Winning and high-quality entries will be featured on the American Numismatic Association National Coin Week blog. Prizes include:

1st place: U.S. Mint 2018 American Eagle one-tenth ounce gold proof coin

2nd place: U.S. Mint 2018 World War I centennial proof silver dollar and 2018 silver proof set

3rd place: U.S. Mint 2018 silver proof set

*Other prizes, including 2018 proof sets, will be awarded

Youth Activity, Bridges on Coins

Kids are given close-ups of bridges featured on coins and paper money, and must identify the objects.

Social Media Trivia Challenge

One question per day to win proof sets and one-year memberships. Everyone who provides the correct answer is entered in a drawing for the prize.

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