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"Our Money, Our Heritage, Our America" Theme for 2023 National Coin Week
Designs on U.S. coins and paper money commemorate notable people, events, accomplishments, and shared principles. "Our Money, Our Heritage, Our America" is the theme for 2023 National Coin Week, April 16-22. The 100th annual event will focus on how our money tells the story of our country and helps form our national identity. ANA member Thomas Haroutunian submitted the winning entry and receives a 2023 American Eagle silver proof coin.
Activities and resources scheduled for National Coin Week include:
- A promotional kit for clubs with educational materials, buttons, bookmarks and more. Click here to request your kit!
- An interactive social media challenge for the chance a win fantastic collectibles. Learn more.
- Online resources and lesson plans for ANA clubs and members to promote National Coin Week in their communities
- The annual ANA club trivia challenge for a variety of prizes
- Daily online trivia with a chance to win 2023 proof sets
- An activity for Young Numismatists
- ANA eLearning Academy presentations throughout the week
- An open house at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum on April 22, featuring 2023 National Coin Week medalettes produced at the museum's Mini Mint
Club Resources & Downloads
The ANA's promotional kit for clubs includes educational materials, buttons, bookmarks and more. Clubs can also download templates for National Coin Week flyers (PDF), proclamations (Word), and press releases (Word) using the buttons below.
National Coin Week Live Webinar Series
Enjoy this year's engaging and educational webinar series — FREE and open to the public. Register now - space is limited!
Articles and ANA Reading List
Read articles from The Numismatist magazine and explore the ANA Library's 2023 National Coin Week reading list.
Monumental Accomplishments and Failures on Commemorative Coins
The U.S. classic and modern commemorative coin programs have included financial hits and misses.
Longshots, Bridesmaids & Near Misses: 1936-37 Commemoratives that Could Have Been
The U.S. commemorative coin program reached its apex in 1936. Some ideas didn't make the cut.READ NOW
Sunrise at Pocatello: Dr. Minnie Howard, Ezra Meeker and the Oregon Trail Half Dollar
The Oregon Trail half dollar is among our most cherished commemoratives.READ NOW
Collecting Washington Medals: A Sampler
Explore medals commemorating George Washington, the Father of our Country.READ NOW
I've Been Working on the Railroad
Wendell Wolka discusses stories told on U.S. paper money.READ NOW
View this year's reading list and expand your knowledge of numismatics.VIEW
Explore fascinating educational online resources including Classic U.S. Commemorative Coins, Modern U.S. Coin Programs, and Vignettes on U.S. Paper Money.
The History of National Coin Week
The history of 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.
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