The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has announced that the theme of 2016’s upcoming National Coin Week will be “Portraits of Liberty: Icons of Freedom,” and will celebrate the portrayals of Liberty that have appeared on coins and paper money throughout history. National Coin Week will take place from April 17 to 23.
This is an apt year to make Liberty the focus of National Coin Week, as 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of several classic liberty designs first issued on U.S. circulating coinage in 1916. The U.S. Mint will mark the occasion by releasing 2016 gold issues of 1916’s Walking Liberty half dollar, Standing Liberty quarter, and Winged Liberty “Mercury” dime. The “Portraits of Liberty” concept was submitted to the ANA by Nelson Hanks, who will receive a 2015 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set as a prize.
The ANA’s Web site notes that National Coin Week was established in 1923 “to attract the general public to our hobby and consequently increase our membership, and aid in our science,” according to Julius Guttag, ANA Governor at the time. The annual event has been observed during the third full week of April since 1942.