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.  Thank you to everyone involved in this year's celebration.

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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.

three different medals 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.

old excelsior ad Spanning the Ages: The Brooklyn Bridge

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

1923 peace dollar obverse Peace Dollars: Icons of Post World War I

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

u.s. seal and three colonial coins E Pluribus Unum

Meaning "From Many, One," this iconic Latin phrase has long been used by the United States to convey unity. Learn about its history on our coins.

euro symbol The Euro Story

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

elaborate statue carved into the side of a building Bridging Art & Numismatics: Michigan Avenue Bridge

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

old helmet Peace Through War: An Ancient Delusion

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

1880 stella obverse 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.


fugio cent reverse 1787 Fugio cent

The 13 linked rings represent the new United States.

20 euro note 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.

1918 medal with "weihnacht daheim" and five candles Karl Goetz' 1918

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

south african reserve paper money 2012 10 rand note

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

array of vinyl records 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.


"a new look for an old coin" graphic 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 of the world today graphic 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

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.


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

Send your writing and images to ncw@money.org. Entries must be received by May 4.

Youth Matching Activity: Close-Up Images of Bridges on Coins

Anyone 17 or under who successfully completes the activity will win a professionally graded state quarter and be entered in a prize drawing for a 1974 Eisenhower proof silver dollar. Answers must be received by May 11.


Online Trivia Challenge

Day #7 (4/21): Founded in 1891, the American Numismatic Association brings together its members and the public through National Coin Week, conventions, publications, education programs and more. In what year did the first ANA "Coin Week" take place? 

1908 a.n.a. ribbons

Day #6 (4/20): Many countries produced coins commemorating the "International Year of Peace," recognized by the United Nations and the Red Cross. What nation minted the coin shown here, and in what year did it first circulate? (Winner: Sam Verdoni; Answer: the Soviet Union, in 1986.)

foreign coin with hands and a dove

Day #5 (4/19): In 2010 the U.S. Mint released a one dollar coin honoring the long-held oral constitution of a group of Native American peoples. What is this constitution called, and what is the group of Native American peoples? (Winner: Mike Seyfried; Answer:The Great Law of Peace, constitution of the Iroquois)

sacaawea dollar obverse

Day #4 (4/18): Euro coins and banknotes were released for circulation in the European Union beginning in 2002. Each issue of banknotes (€5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500) celebrates a prominent style of European architecture. What architectural style is featured on the 2002 €10 note (pictured)? (Winner: Ryan Cerny; Answer: Romanesque architecture.)

10 euro note
Day #3 (4/17): The Latin virtue of equality, fairness and justice was represented as a female personification on many coins of the Roman Empire, including this denarius featuring the Emperor Nerva. What is the Latin name of this virtue and personification? (Winner: Jonas Denenberg, Answer: Aequitas)

ancient roman coin obverse

Day #2 (4/16): The first circulating coin produced by the United States Mint was the Flowing Hair Chain cent, made in 1793. Its design featured a circular chain around the denomination. How many links were included in this chain, and what did the links represent? (Image courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection, Winner: Sam Kaufmann, Answer: 15 links representing the 15 U.S. states in 1793)

1793 chain cent reverse
Day #1 (4/15): The Latin phrase “E Pluribus Unum” (From Many, One) has long been a mainstay on United States coins. In what year did the phrase first appear on federal coins produced by the U.S. Mint, and on what denomination coin? (Winner: Christopher Blackington, answer: 1795 $5 gold piece (half eagle))

reverse of u.s. gold coin

Club Trivia Challenge

Congratulations to the following clubs for achieving a perfect score on the 2018 Club Trivia Challenge. The grand prize drawing produced the following results:

1st prize: Albuquerque Coin Club

2nd prize: Pee Dee Area Coin Club

3rd prize: Raleigh Coin Club

4th prize: South Brevard Coin Club and Treasure Coast Coin Club

Other clubs with a perfect score:

Beaumont Coin Club

Cedar Rapids Coin Club

Cupertino Coin Club

Dallas Coin Club

Ft. Lauderdale Coin Club

Georgia Numismatic Association

Gold Coast Coin Club

Honolulu Coin Club

Huron Valley Numismatic Society

Metropolitan Coin Club of Atlanta

Metro East Coin & Currency Club 

Nashua Coin Club

Niagara Frontier Coin Club

Northeast Tarrant Coin Club

Northwest Detroit Coin Club

Tidewater Coin Club

Will County Coin Club

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

Download National Coin Week Club Resources Below

man pointing at a coin Join a Coin Club

someone holding a graded coin Resources for Clubs


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