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Song wins Coin Week contest

A first-ever musical submission won the American Numismatic Association
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A first-ever musical submission won the American Numismatic Association?s 2008 National Coin Week theme contest, the ANA announced Jan. 7.

?Money Makes the World Go Round,? written, performed and produced by Mark Keefner of West Hills, Calif., is the theme of National Coin Week, to be held April 20-26.

Keefner receives the contest?s grand prize, a half-ounce gold American Eagle proof coin.

?I?m honored and elated to have provided this year?s theme,? said Keefner. ?As the song says, money is a symbol of value, faith and trust, and teaches us about world history, commerce and art.?

Plans are under way to integrate Keefner?s tune in April?s celebration, including making it available at ANA?s Web site,

Mitch Ernst of Omaha, Neb., also submitted ?Money Makes the World Go Round.? He receives a quarter-ounce gold American Eagle proof coin. ?Be a History Teacher: Give a Kid a Coin,? submitted by Greg Roberts of Glendale, Wis., placed third. He receives a tenth-ounce gold American Eagle proof coin.

ANA members provided more than 80 submissions in response to the association?s announcement of a contest to determine the theme.

2008 National Coin Week will be a celebration of numismatics, youth and world unity. The ANA is planning a children?s treasure hunt with its member clubs. In February it will post a variety of resources on for members to download.

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