The American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum will celebrate National Coin Week this April 17-23 with an array of activities, including an open house with free admission on Saturday, April 23.
Recognized since 1924, National Coin Week is an annual weeklong celebration of numismatics and coin collecting sponsored by the ANA. The theme for this year – which marks the centennial of three popular U.S. coins featuring Liberty, including the Winged Liberty dime; the Standing Liberty quarter; and the Walking Liberty half dollar – is “Portraits of Liberty: Icon of Freedom.” All week, organizers and attendees will celebrate the various representations of Liberty on coins and paper money from around the world.
OPEN HOUSE APRIL 23
- Free admission to the Money Museum, located at 818 N. Cascade Ave., adjacent to Colorado College and the Fine Arts Center. The museum’s four galleries include the most complete collection of U.S. gold coins ever assembled; an exhibit dedicated to the history of money, including examples from ancient times; a new exhibit focused on the history, ideals and pageantry of the Olympics; and a kid’s zone.
- Mini-Mint demonstrations throughout the day. All attendees can receive a freshly-minted National Coin Week medalette.
- Dig for buried treasure, which one lucky child will discover in the form of a gold coin.
- A special exhibit featuring depictions of Liberty on ancient and U.S. coinage.
- The Prize Wheel, which every child can spin to win a prize.
- A raffle drawing to win 30 seconds in the Cash Cube, where winners keep all the cash he or she can grab.
Organizers said visitors to the Money Museum will see rare numismatic treasures such as the McDermott/Bebee specimen 1913 Liberty Head nickel estimated at $2 million; two of only 15 known 1804 dollars estimated together at $6 million; rare Syracusan dekadrachms from the sixth century B.C. designed by two of the most celebrated engravers of the ancient world; a 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics bronze medallion designed by the famed Karl Goetz; and a complete set of award medals from the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics and 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee.