This year marks the 100th anniversary of United States involvement in “The War to End All Wars,” World War I. To honor the connection between numismatics and the military throughout history, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) selected “Conflict and Courage: Money and the Military” as the theme for the 94th annual National Coin Week, April 16-22. The theme was provided by ANA member John Hunt.
The Association will host a variety of National Coin Week activities online and at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Events and educational content focuses on everything from ancient coins celebrating battles and siege money of the Renaissance, to scrip, MPCs, and commemorative coins from around the world.
ANA-sponsored activities for National Coin Week include:
- An online trivia challenge. Every day from April 18-22, a new clue will be released on www.nationalcoinweek.org. Participants submit their answers online for a chance to win a 2017 one-tenth ounce gold proof coin and other prizes.
- The annual coin club trivia challenge, where ANA member clubs test their numismatic knowledge and compete for prizes.
- Online resources on www.nationalcoinweek.org, including articles from The Numismatist, promotional documents, a youth activity, links and suggestions from the ANA library, and more.
- An open house at the Money Museum in Colorado Springs on April 22, which will include free admission, activities for children and adults, and the minting of the 2017 National Coin Week medallette in the museum’s Mini-Mint.
Prizes for the online video quiz and club trivia challenge are as follows:
- 1st Prize: 2017 American Eagle one-tenth ounce gold proof coin and 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters proof set.
- 2nd Prize: 2011 P Medal of Honor proof silver dollar and 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters proof set.
- 3rd Prize: 1994-P Women in Military Service proof silver dollar and 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters proof set.
“The military and armed conflict have left a deep impression on numismatics throughout history,” said Andy Dickes, ANA collections manager. “This year is a great opportunity to explore this relationship, while honoring those who have served and died for our country.”
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