Free events include open house, mint demonstrations, contests and more
The American Numismatic Association is celebrating National Coin Week, April 15-21, with a slate ofactivities at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs.
All children visiting the Money Museum during National Coin Week can take a fun money quiz,search for answers in the museum and win a prize for finishing.
On April 21, the Money Museum will host a free open house to celebrate this year’s National CoinWeek theme, “Change in Money: Cowries to Credit Cards.”
“Where we exchanged cowry shells for goods and services thousands of years ago, today weswipe a plastic card or use PayPal,” said Andy Dickes, ANA National Coin Week coordinator. “Ourmuseum is planning fun and educational activities that celebrate innovations throughout money’sfascinating history.”
The open house will include a live coin-making demonstration from noon-4 p.m. in the museum’sMini-Mint, where staffers will show visitors how coins were made from the 1500s to 1800s. Everyvisitor will take home a special National Coin Week medallette made in the Mini-Mint.
Children ages 14 and under will be able to spin the ANA prize wheel to win a piece of exoticcurrency, coins or other prizes. One lucky visitor’s name will be drawn at 3 p.m. to win 30 seconds inthe Cash Cube to grab all the money they can.
Visitors will get a sneak preview of select items in the Money Museum’s newest exhibit, History ofMoney, which will debut with a wine and cheese reception from 5-7 p.m. April 26.
Go to www.Money.org/events/national-coin-week for more details on other National Coin Weekactivities. Don’t forget to take part in a video scavenger hunt to win a gold coin and other prizes. TheANA is releasing one video clue per week leading up to National Coin Week. Watch all of the sixvideo clues released via the ANA’s YouTube channel (www.YouTube.com/AmericanNumismatic),and gather the necessary items and win.
The Money Museum is located at 818 N. Cascade Ave. in Colorado Springs. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students or military andfree for children 12 and under. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 719-632-2646.
The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educationalorganization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. TheANA helps its 28,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money throughits vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to www.money.org.
National Coin Week Schedule of Events
- 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Children visiting the Money Museum can take a money quiz, search themuseum for answers to questions, and win a prize at the end.
- 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Free admission to the Money Museum all day
- 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Children age 14 and under can spin the ANA prize wheel to win moneyfrom around the world and other prizes
- noon-4p.m.: Live coin-making demonstrations start every 30 minutes at the Mini-Mint in themuseum’s lower gallery
- 3 p.m.: One visitor will win entry into the ANA’s Cash Cube and given 30 seconds to grab allthe cash they can