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If you love the designs of the Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter and Walking Liberty half dollar, put your attachment to good use by creating the theme for next year’s National Coin Week.

The three versions of Miss Liberty should put you in the right mood.

The American Numismatic Association sent out an email on Friday asking collectors to make their theme suggestions by Oct. 30.

That is not much time, at least by old-fashioned measurements.

In Internet time, is a week’s notice enough?

Good ideas can be virtually instantaneous.

Refining them and sending them off by email shouldn’t take long.

Next year is the 100th anniversary of the three U.S. coin designs, which were introduced in 1916, the last full year of peace for the United States.

World War I violently intruded on American life the next year. Many changes to society followed.

Does this matter? It might.

Nothing is more treasured than what has just been lost.

Collectors have treated the 1916 designs as things that were lost and never improved upon.

The last time any of the three designs were produced for circulation was 1947, which is 68 years ago.

It has been almost a half century since any of them were routinely encountered in change.

Those of us on the older side tend to look back and sigh, but perhaps the Mint’s revival of the designs on special gold coin issues next year will make us all want to look forward.

The ANA notes that National Coin Week is April 17-23 in 2016.

That means the organization hasn’t much time to put the winning theme suggestion to work.

Next year’s National Coin Week observance “will focus on representations of Liberty on coins and paper money around the world from ancient times to modern times. Theme ideas should reflect this focus," ANA says.

The winning idea will earn a 2015 U.S. silver proof set, a perfect reward for putting on your thinking caps.

On the ANA’s website is a conveniently brief form on which to submit your entry.

You are asked to supply your first and last name, your email and your idea.

That’s it.

Here is the link to take you there:

National Coin Week theme

Buzz blogger Dave Harper has twice won the Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."

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