Donn Pearlman's Blog

09 Apr 2019

Thousands of Old Coins Going Into Circulation

| Donn Pearlman

Historic U.S. coins will be deliberately spent
nationwide as part of National Coin Week, April 21-27

Check your change! You may find historic and potentially valuable old money when hundreds of rare coin dealers across the country deliberately put into circulation tens of thousands of collectible coins, some a century old.

The “Great American Coin Hunt®” (www.GreatAmericanCoinHunt.com) is one of the activities planned during the 96th annual National Coin Week (www.NationalCoinWeek.org), April 21-27, 2019.

National Coin Week is sponsored by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association (www.money.org) to celebrate the historical, cultural, artistic and economic importance of money as well as the enjoyment of coin and paper money collecting, according to the National Coin Week coordinator Andy Dickes.

The theme of this year’s National Coin Week is “Discover the Past, Envision the Future.”

“The designs, denominations and metallic content of coins tell us a great deal about civilizations, past and present, such as famous and not-so-famous political and historical figures, important events and landmarks,” explained Gary Adkins, president of the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based American Numismatic Association.

The association, along with hundreds of local coin clubs and individual collectors, will be setting up exhibits across the country to promote coin collecting and the collection of related items such as paper money, tokens and medals. Historic, old money will be deliberately placed into circulation by more than 200 members of the group Coin Dealers Helping Coin Dealers to encourage people to closely look at their money.

“There will be tens of thousands of old coins, from century-old Indian Head and early Lincoln cents to vintage silver dimes and quarters, as well as older paper money going into circulation,” explained Rob Oberth, coordinator of the Great American Coin Hunt. “Even ‘common’ silver dimes have more than a dollar’s worth of silver, and each silver quarter-dollar is worth at least $2.50. Some of the rare coins going into circulation may have a collector value of $100 or more.”

No silver has been used for dimes and quarters struck for circulation since 1965 and for circulating half dollars since 1971.

National Coin Week, observed every third week of April, was established in 1923 to attract the general public to the hobby of coin collecting. For additional information about National Coin Week, visit www.NationalCoinWeek.org.


It is going to be fun looking around in change knowing something great might be right around the corner. It is a good way to get people into coin collecting as well.

I'm going to do likewise. Its a good opportunity to unload some of those loose wheaties I had found in change the past year. Maybe throw in the odd foreign coin or token too. Make em look!!!!!


Level 4

Looking forward to it. Blessings. Great, informative blog. Thank you.


Level 4

wow. here we go with finding 1909 vdb s wheaties (maybe) in change


Level 6

I think it isi a good idea made great by so many people here saying they are going to put some of there own coins into circulation. You all have inspired me. I will do the same. Thanks.


Level 6

It's a great idea! I think I'll seed my town with some old change. Maybe I'll even get something fun...you never know!

It's Mokie

Level 6

I plan on putting a roll's worth of partial date buffalo nickels and a handful of liberty head nickels into change. I may also put a half-roll of bu 1954S cents out there, I have already set aside the other half roll for the YNs at the May PAN Show.


Level 7

Good for you Mokiechan that will help. Kids have to crawl before they walk and it's up to us to assist them your doing a wonderful thing. Pat


Level 7

I wish I could participate but I cant. That said I hope all the kids have a small red book and know what to look for. An add in a paper letting the public know about be great. Get more people into this great hobby.Or a ten second T.V. Commercial . It's a great idea. So we always say the fun is in the hunt. Every one go get them!! Pat

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