ANA Announces Theme Contest for 2015 National Coin Week

2015 event will focus on World’s Fairs and Expositions

The ANA wants YOU to provide the theme for 2015 National Coin Week, April 19-25. The ANA member who provides the winning theme will receive a 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 proof silver dollar.

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the famous Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, and theme ideas should focus on World's Fairs and Expositions. Educational activities will involve the many coins and medals honoring these spectacular events, along with the many famous firsts (elongated pennies, modern U.S. commemoratives, etc.) and famous structures (Crystal Palace, Eiffel Tower, Space Needle, etc.) they introduced. National Coin Week will also highlight the influential ideas in architecture, science and social progress that have been featured at World's Fairs, and the people responsible for these ideas.

The National Coin Week theme not only sets the tone for the annual weeklong celebration, it's also an exhibit category at the National Money Show, held next year in Portland on March 5-7. The criteria for this category is to promote the hobby with an exhibit that is suitable for showing in public places, such as a library or community center, with the total numismatic value not exceeding $250.

Entries must be submitted by Oct. 31, 2014 using the form below. Previous National Coin Week themes have been short statements such as "Buffalo Nickel Centennial: Black Diamond Shines Again" (2013) and "Coin and Country: Celebrating Civic Service" (2014).

Every year during the third full week of April, the ANA and collectors across the country celebrate National Coin Week by letting others know about the joys of collecting and studying coins and other forms of money.

For more information, go to www.money.org or email ncw@money.org.

2015 National Coin Week

April 19-25, 2015

History of National Coin Week

National Coin Week began in 1923, when ANA Governor Julius Guttag suggested to ANA 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 NCW 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 ANA 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 ANA did not actively promote the event, and it existed in name only. In 1939 member Lee Hewitt of Chicago proposed that the ANA 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.