The theme for the 2013 National Coin Week will be “Buffalo Nickel
Centennial: Black Diamond Shines Again.”
The American Numismatic Association’s 90th annual celebration of
all things numismatic will take place April 21 to 27.
A century ago, the United States Mint was preparing to release
what would become one of the nation’s best-loved coin designs — the
Indian Head 5-cent coin, or “Buffalo nickel” — notes the ANA. A North
American bull bison named Black Diamond, who once lived at New York’s
Central Park Zoo, likely served as the model for the coin’s iconic
reverse. Several different Indians are believed to have modeled for
the composite portrait on the obverse of the coin.
The ANA will host a variety of National Coin Week educational
activities online and at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Events, activities and educational content will focus on the
Indian Head 5-cent coin, which was struck from 1913 to 1938. Subjects
that will be part of the celebration will be Native American history,
animals on coins, the “Renaissance of American Coinage” and the famous
1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin.
Activities and resources for National Coin Week include:
➤ A video treasure hunt. Collectors will be able to watch video
clues via the ANA’s YouTube page and website to find numismatic
objects and answers.
➤ An ANA club challenge, where member clubs test their numismatic
knowledge and compete for prizes.
➤ A promotional kit for clubs, featuring educational materials,
buttons, bookmarks and more.
➤ An open house at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum on April
27, which will include free admission, activities for children and
adults, and the minting of the 2013 National Coin Week medallette in
the museum’s Mini-Mint.
Promotional information, including a sample press release,
proclamation, interactive flyer and exhibit panels, is found at www.money.org/NationalCoinWeek.
Prizes for the treasure hunt and club challenge include a 2001
American Buffalo commemorative silver dollar, 1999 Yellowstone
National Park commemorative silver dollar (which also depicts a bison)
and other prizes, according to the ANA. More information on National
Coin Week will be made available in the coming weeks.
For more information or to request club promotional materials,
call the ANA at 719-482-9814, email it at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to American
Numismatic Association, 818 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO