‘Discover the past, envision the future’ during National Coin Week

Each year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) chooses a theme to celebrate National Coin Week, which will be held this April 21-27.

This year’s theme – “Discover the past, envision the future” – was submitted by ANA member Dennis Tucker, publisher of the annual A Guide Book of United States Coins, commonly referred to as the “Red Book.”

95-YEAR HISTORY

The first National Coin Week was held Feb. 9-16, 1924, after ANA Governor Julius Guttag suggested a week-long event be established “to attract the general public to our hobby and consequently increase our membership, and aid in our science.”

According to the ANA’s website, in 1925, the celebration’s name was changed to “Old Coin Week,” which was celebrated until 1927; however, from 1928-38, the ANA “did not actively promote the event, and it existed in name only.”

In 1939, the “National Coin Week” name was reinstated, and in 1942, it was moved to the third full week of April, where it has remained ever since.

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