“Coin & Country: Celebrating Civic Service” is the American
Numismatic Association’s theme for the 91st annual National Coin Week,
set for April 20 to 26.
National Coin Week is traditionally held the last week of April as
a means of promoting coin collecting to a broader audience than just
the coin collecting community, through events designed to engage the
Coins and paper money have been a source of national and civic
pride as well as a call to action for people to serve their
communities, notes the ANA in its announcement of the 2014 NCW theme.
National Coin Week 2014 will highlight the 50th anniversary of the
Kennedy half dollar and President John F. Kennedy’s famous call to,
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for
Many other commemoratives, along with money that inspired civic
pride and service from around the world, will be featured alongside
ways the public can get involved as volunteers at coin clubs and other
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., home to ANA headquarters. Events, activities
and educational content will focus on civic service.
Civic Service” was chosen from an online theme contest sent out to
Sam Gelberd came in first place, winning a 2013-S United States
Mint Proof set and Michael Kittle won second place and a 2013-S
America the Beautiful Quarters Proof set. Both individuals submitted
ideas that were worked into the theme for the 2014 National Coin Week.
The theme for National Coin Week is an exhibit category at the
ANA’s National Money Show held in Atlanta, Feb. 27 to March 1. The
winning exhibit will be the one that best explores National Coin Week
or numismatics and is suitable for installation in public spaces such
as bank and post office lobbies, libraries, retail stores and schools.
An exhibit entered in the competition may also be entered in one
of the classified exhibit categories and may win awards in both
competitions. It is also eligible for best-of-show.
Contact the ANA online at www.money.org. ■