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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 will host a variety of National Coin Week activities this year! Check back soon for more information on the following:

ANA Members and Young Numismatists — 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.

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

Online Resources — Explore articles from The Numismatist and download promotional documents.

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

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

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program

In 2019, the U.S. Mint will celebrate 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 sale of the coin begins on January 24, 2019 at 12 pm (EST) via the U.S. Mint.


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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. 

View Last Year's National Coin Week Page


About the American Numismatic Association

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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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