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The theme for the 2019 National Coin Week taking place April 21st to April 27th, is “Discover the Past, Envision the future.” and is being supported by the Great American Coin Hunt and the U.S Mint's release of the first ever W mint marked quarters into circulation.
The American Numismatic Association (ANA)’s “National Coin Week” is an annual event in April that is designed to highlight the hobby of numismatics. The ANA decides on a theme and sponsors the event. The organization encourages outreach to share the hobby and spark a greater interest in non-collectors and casual hobbyists. They have an invaluable trove of information on their website.
The first National Coin Week occurred in 1924. In 1925, then ANA President Moritz Wormser said the purpose of the event was “…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.”
Many local coin clubs, individual collectors, and coin dealers will use collectible and historic coins in the regular course of conducting business around National Coin Week as a way to raise awareness and encourage people to look at their pocket change. This “Great American Coin Hunt” is sponsored by dealers who wish to share their love of Numismatics with the world. Keep your eyes peeled for Mercury Dimes, Buffalo Nickels, Indian Head Cents and many other beloved coin series at a cash register near you!
The theme for this year, the 96th Annual National Coin Week, is “Discover the Past, Envision the future.”
Proposed by Dennis Tucker, an ANA member and publisher of the annual “Red Book,” the 2019 theme “Discover the Past, Envision the Future” was selected among numerus suggestions. The theme is especially poignant as 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing and man’s first steps on the moon, a moment in time that will forever be remembered, and that inspires us to imagine what else humanity can achieve.
The beauty of numismatic pursuits is that there is so much out there to discover. Coins have been used in transactions throughout the world since the roughly the 6th or 5th century BCE. Coins and other exonumia tell the history of mankind. From those that circulated in the hands of Ancient Romans to the pocket change of today, every piece has a story, and that story often reveals much about the time period and culture in which it was struck.
The concept of “exploration,” refers to more than just an understanding of history and time, coins often explore the countries which issue them. This could apply to America the Beautiful (ATB) quarters that inspire a vacation to a featured park or some research into a person of historical significance who is featured on a coin, like Sacagawea. Many collectors are fascinated by Civil War tokens and how and why they were necessary. The subjects remembered on coins, paper money, tokens and medals are many and varied. We just need to take the time to investigate our pockets and learn about them. Chances are that there is something in there that will capture your imagination and could lead to a lifelong love affair with history, art, commerce, and people.
This year the efforts of the U.S. Mint are above and beyond what they have been during past National Coin Weeks. In early April, they announced an exciting first for the mint circulating America the Beautiful quarters that were both struck at and bear West Point Mint’s W Mint mark. The ATB releases for 2019 will all have 2 million quarters per issue featuring the W mint mark circulating, to garner an extended amount of interest over the course of the year and, hopefully after. These quarters will only be available in circulation. They will not be offered as part of any sets or uncirculated rolls. It should be noted that 2 million is a small mintage by modern standards when literally BILLIONS of quarters are struck annually. (Another point to ponder: these quarters will garner lots of interest from non-collectors to casual collectors to more those who are more advanced. In a country of 330 million people how far can only 2 million quarters go to satisfy collector interest and demand?) Other “W mint mark” coins are being offered this year through the Mint as a way to increase collector interest and encourage study. Three Lincoln Cents featuring different finishes will be offered with the sought after W mint mark.
To coordinate and promote the “Discover the Past, Envision the Future” theme, the U.S. Mint and the ANA are both featuring the recently released Apollo 11 coins on their websites. Few subjects can fire the imagination as quickly as the American Space Race of the sixties.
Even third-party grading firm Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) offered a $5,000 bounty for the first “W quarter” to be received for grading as a way to generate interest during coin week and beyond.
As ever, your partners at MCM are here to help as you are “Discovering the Past, Envisioning the Future” by having a variety of Apollo 11 related offerings. These remarkable offerings include the famous Robbins medals, the popular U.S Mint Apollo 11 commemorative program which includes a Silver dollar, 5 oz. silver, and $5 gold piece, as well as the spectacular Kennedy Half set, featuring an unforgettable reverse proof example!
Our friends at Australia’s famous Perth Mint have joined in the celebration by issuing a legal tender Apollo 11 silver dollar commemorative.
These historic coins are available in the classic government presentation packaging or as highly collectible graded and preserved examples from the experts at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC).
The American Numismatic Association (ANA) was founded in Chicago in October 1891. It is the world’s largest organization dedicated to coin collecting. The ANA sponsors educational activities and events. They publish The Numismatist, which is a premier source of information on all aspects of coin, token and paper money collecting. The national organization supports local clubs with educational and informational materials. Many coin collectors become lifetime members of the ANA.