The Exchange : Attention crafty numismatists: Here's a chance to win some cool prizes and show off your artistic abilities

Attention crafty numismatists: Here's a chance to win some cool prizes and show off your artistic abilities

Gingerbread house

During the 2011 holiday season, in between conducting the day-to-day business of keeping the ANA up and running, ANA staff members competed in a gingerbread house contest. Sponsored by the Crowne Plaza in Colorado Springs, the contest challenged businesses, museums (that's where we came in) and other nonprofit organizations to put together a gingerbread house that best reflected what their organization was all about. 

 

As you can see from the accompanying photo, the ANA staff did a nice job of putting together a numismatic-themed house that reflects what goes on at the Money Museum and captures the spirit of the holidays. Now, for the upcoming season, we'd like to give members a chance to stretch their creative muscles and win some great prizes in the process. Here's how it works. 

 

The canvas: Let's not limit ourselves to gingerbread houses - feel free to make any decoration that reflects the holiday season. Think Christmas tree ornaments, banners, stockings, menorahs, New Year's party hats, gift bags and baskets, fruit cakes, wall decorations, or any other object that is normally associated with Christmas, New Year's, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. 

 

Numismatic theme: This is where contestants will really get to show their creativity. Do you incorporate something ancient or something modern? Something from the U.S. Mint or from a world mint? A mix of all of the above? The possibilities really are endless. 

 

Picking the winner: This is the fun part - you get to pick the winner. To enter, email your submission to jsherlock@money.org by the submission deadline of Friday, Dec. 7. On Monday, Dec. 10, we'll post a gallery of all submissions for you to vote on here at The Exchange. The top three vote-getters will receive the first-, second-, and third-place prize packs we've put together (see below for what's in each prize pack). Voting will close at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Friday, Dec. 14. We'll announce the winners on The Exchange on the morning of Monday, Dec. 17. We'll also get those prize packs in the mail that morning so that the winners receive them before Christmas. 

 

What to include in your submission: First and foremost, a good photo of your project will be paramount to winning. So send along something that's high-resolution and large. Multiple angles of your project are a good idea as well. Also, be sure to include your full name (we'll post your name with the photos of your entry), a short description of why you made what you made (also for publication), and your contact information (not for publication, but so I can let you know if you won). 

 

So, pull together your arts and crafts kit, brainstorm some ideas and have fun. In the end, you'll have yourself a new decoration for the holidays, and you may even win a prize, too. 

 

 

Prize packs

 

First place:

  • A 1962 silver proof Franklin Half Dollar
  • A 2012 ANA special edition of "A Guide Book to United States Coins" (the Red Book) with an error on the cover (the type is doubled on the cover).
  • A copy of Paul Hollis's book, "American Numismatist."
  • A copy of David Akers's book, "United States Gold Patterns." 

 

Second place: 

  • A 2012 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set from the Denver Mint. 
  • A 500-piece jigsaw puzzle of depicting Lute Player on a 1685 German silver 3 thaler, from Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel
  • A copy of Paul Hollis's book, "American Numismatist."
  • A copy of David Akers's book, "United States Gold Patterns." 

 

Third place: 

  • An uncirculated roll of 2012 one-cent euros
  • A copy of Paul Hollis's book, "American Numismatist."
  • A copy of David Akers's book, "United States Gold Patterns."
Written by Jake Sherlock at 00:00

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