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, held April 18-24, will focus on strong initiative in numismatics, and bold leadership and ideas depicted on coins and paper money.
Check this page soon for articles from The Numismatist, objects from the ANA’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum collection, video presentations, a young numismatist activity and more. Members can share their knowledge on the ANA Member Blog and answer daily online trivia questions for the chance to win new 2021 Morgan & Peace silver dollars, proof sets and other items.
ANA clubs are encouraged to register for educational & promotional materials, including the 14th Annual Club Trivia Challenge, Clubs answer 15 questions, and those that earn high scores will receive a prize and be enter into a drawing for a 2021 tenth-ounce gold American Eagle proof coin. Register Here.
Explore the immersive virtual exhibit from the Money Museum.VIEW
View the ANA's online Morgan Dollar grading set.VIEW
Read this installment from the ANA Coin Press, official blog of the American Numismatic Association.READ NOW
This recorded course will provide a professional overview of collecting and investing in Morgan silver dollars.WATCH
The theme of the 2020 National Coin Week was Remarkable Women: Catalysts of Change.VIEW
Enjoy this fascinating article from The Numismatist magazine.READ NOW
Objects from the ANA Collection
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.