National Coin Week 2021
One hundred years ago, the U.S. Mint reintroduced the Morgan dollar after a 16-year absence. Later that year, production began on a new silver coin, the Peace dollar. And 50 years ago, minting of the Eisenhower dollar commenced.
Milestone anniversaries for these three large and iconic coins inspires the theme of 2021 National Coin Week, Money, BIG & BOLD. The 98th annual event focuses on strong initiative in numismatics, and bold leadership and ideas depicted on coins and paper money.Click items from the list below to explore!
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Articles from The Numismatist
This year's National Coin Week theme, "Money, Big & Bold," is inspired by the major anniversaries of three U.S. dollar coins.READ NOW
The ANA spearheaded a $1 coin to commemorate the termination of the "war to end all wars."READ NOW
What is the most prominent American coin series? There’s no way to say for sure, but the Morgan dollar is definitely in the conversation.READ NOW
In 2021 notable numismatic anniversaries are the norm.READ NOW
Popular and diverse, United States dollar coinage has earned an honored place in the annals of numismatic history.READ NOW
For the first time in ANA history, National Coin Week received a Presidential Proclamation, designating the week beginning April 21, 1974, for this observance.READ NOW
50 years ago, English and Irish currency changed forever.READ NOW
Today, the era of big silver coins in circulation is long gone, but they are still around in different forms.READ ON
National Coin Week Daily Trivia
Play every day for a chance to win a 2021 U.S. Mint Proof Set. Answers must be submitted by 8AM MT the day following the questions. Good luck!
April 19 | Trivia Question #2: The first Peace dollar (1921-28, 1934-35) was minted 100 years ago. Production ceased in 1929 due to the depletion of silver originally provided by what act of Congress?
April 18 | Trivia Question #1: Happy National Coin Week! What United States Mint location produced Morgan dollars in only one year, 1921?
Answer: The Denver Mint. It did not become a federal mint branch until 1906.
Objects from the ANA Collection
Morgan Dollar Resources
This recorded course will provide a professional overview of collecting and investing in Morgan silver dollars.WATCH
View the ANA's online Morgan Dollar grading set.VIEW
Explore the immersive virtual exhibit from the Money Museum.VIEW
The 1921 Morgan dollars have hit a significant milestone. Learn more in this recent article from The Numismatist.READ NOW
Promoting U.S, silver dollars through educational programs and activities.VISIT WEBSITE
A site devoted to Morgan and Peace Dollar die varieties.VISIT WEBSITE
Learn more about one of the most influential and effective leaders in history.VISIT WEBSITE
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.
About the American Numismatic Association
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.