Winners named in National Coin Week treasure hunt and club trivia challenge

Robert Thompson, an ANA member from California, and the Madison County (Ala.) Coin Club were the grand prize winners in the American Numismatic Association's 2012 National Coin Week activities.

Thompson will receive a 1999 $25 American Eagle half-ounce gold uncirculated coin for winning the National Coin Week treasure hunt. Other prizes were also awarded to four other participants.

A trivia challenge tested the knowledge of ANA clubs. The 20-question challenge included questions that required extensive research. The Madison County Coin Club took first place in the club trivia challenge and will receive a 2012 $10 American Eagle quarter ounce proof coin and $100 ANA Club Bucks.

Thirty ANA clubs submitted answers for the challenge; the Northside Coin Club (Colo.) won the second-place prize, a 2012 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set and 50 Club Bucks; other prizes were also awarded.

The theme for the event, held April 15-21, was "Change In Money: Cowries to Credit Cards." Activities focused on innovations throughout money's history. The ANA created a video scavenger hunt challenging participants to find answers and collect objects.

Clubs and collectors across the country presented programs, exhibits and meetings. The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum held an open house April 21 that featured live coin-making demonstrations at the Mini-Mint, a prize wheel for children to spin and win prizes, and a drawing for one visitor to spend 30 seconds in the ANA Cash Cube. Click here to see photos from the event on the ANA's Facebook page.

The ANA also has a Facebook photo album of National Coin Week events from around the nation. Members are encouraged to email photos of their National Coin Week Activities to Click here to see the album.

The dates for 2012 National Coin Week are April 21-27. For more information, email

The full list of winners includes:

Club Trivia Challenge
First Place: Madison County Coin Club (Alabama)
Second Place: Northside Coin Club (Colorado)
Third Place: Tie (eight clubs)

Video Treasure Hunt
First Place: Robert Thompson
Second Place: Francis Musella
Third Place: (three-way tie):
Bob Leonard
Michele Sciaraffo
Aaron Brown

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 28,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to