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national coin week 2019

Inspired by discovery and innovation, "Discover the Past, Envision the Future" is the theme for the 96th annual National Coin Week, April 21-27, 2019.

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The ANA is offering the following activities for 2019 National Coin Week:

ANA Members 

Use your creative talents to design a coin released in 2069! The design should celebrate an invention or discovery achieved in the next 50 years (click here).

Member Clubs

Take part in the annual Club Trivia Challenge and register for promotional materials (click here).

Daily Online Trivia Challenge 

Answer questions on social media and money.org for a chance to win prizes (4/21-4/27).

Online Resources

Explore articles from The Numismatist and download promotional documents.

For more information, email ncw@money.org or call (719) 482-9814

Prizes for the design contest and Club Trivia Challenge include:

  • Grand Prize: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 2019 Five Ounce Proof Silver Dollar
  • Second Prize: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 2019 Proof Silver Dollar
  • Third Prize: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 2019 Proof Clad Half Dollar
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Numismatic Objects


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In 1994 the Turks and Caicos Islands released this collector coin celebrating the American Numismatic Association, coin collecting and the 25th anniversary of the first lunar landing. In May 1961 President John F. Kennedy made a commitment to landing a man of the moon before the end of the decade.



wright ncw 2019 coins 2 United States, $10 half ounce gold commemorative coin, First Flight Centennial, 2003

In 1903 near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, brothers Orville (1871-1948) and Wilber Wright (1867-1912) built and flew the world’s first successful airplane. In 2003 the U.S. Mint issued a series of commemorative coins honoring the 100th anniversary of this important invention. The Wright brothers are also featured on the North Carolina State Quarter and referenced on the Ohio State Quarter.

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Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) and Albert Einstein (1879-1955) are arguably the two most influential physicists in history. Newton’s work on the laws of motion and gravity were the guiding force behind theoretical physics until Einstein proposed his theory of relativity. Both men have been honored on a wide range of money and medals.

ericson ncw 2019 coins United States, $1 silver commemorative coin, Leif Ericson Millennium, 2000

Norse Icelandic explorer Leif Ericson (c. 970-c.1020) was the first known European to set foot on continental North America. He founded a settlement on the coast of the modern-day island of Newfoundland, Canada. In 2000 the U.S. Mint partnered with the Central Bank of Iceland to create a 2-coin set honoring the 1,000th anniversary of Ericson’s discovery (the Icelandic coin is a 1,000 kronur piece). This was the first time modern legal tender silver commemorative coins were released jointly by the United States and another country.

Online Resources

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2019 National Coin Week Proclamation


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2019 National Coin Week Sample Press Release


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2019 National Coin Week Interactive Brochure


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2019 National Coin Week Student Activity

The Great American Coin Hunt

To celebrate National Coin Week (April 21-27), more than 200 members of the group Coin Dealers Helping Coin Dealers will place thousands of old coins — from century-old Indian Head and early Lincoln cents to vintage silver dimes and quarters and older paper money — into circulation.

To learn more, visit www.greatamericancoinhunt.com or search #GreatAmericanCoinHunt on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program

In 2019, the U.S. Mint is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission by producing and selling commemorative coins: a curved $5 gold coin, a curved $1 silver coin, a curved half-dollar clad coin, and a curved 5 ounce $1 silver proof coin. 



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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About the American Numismatic Association

Our Mission

The American Numismatic Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect coins and related items. The Association serves the academic community, collectors and the general public with an interest in numismatics.

The ANA helps all people discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational programs including its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars.


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Online Trivia Challenge

Here is trivia question #2. Submit your answer by 8:00 a.m. MT tomorrow for a chance to win a FREE one-year gold membership to the ANA.

The mid-15th century saw the invention of a device that drastically improved the spread of information throughout the world. It is considered one of the first gateways to the modern world. Name the device and its inventor – featured on the reverse of this coin.



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Previous Questions

Trivia question #1: President Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered from a disease that permanently paralyzed his legs. In 1938 he founded the March of Dimes, an organization focused on fighting this terrible illness. Name the disease and the virologist who invented its first vaccine – featured on the obverse of this coin.

Answer: Polio and Jonas Salk. The American’s vaccine was introduced in 1955. The March of Dimes now focuses on the health of mothers and babies. Coin: 2015 March of Dimes commemorative silver dollar.



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