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With the Civil War sesquicentennial next year, the American Numismatic Association has selected the theme “Blue, Gray and Greenbacks” for National Coin Week, slated April 17-23, 2011.
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The beginning of the observance will be almost on the April 12 anniversary date of the 1861 Fort Sumter bombardment, which began the war.
Beginning in March, weekly clues and questions will be distributed by ANA online every Monday, challenging individual participants to hunt for numismatic objects and answers. These will take them on a virtual tour of battlefields and other important places.
Clubs can take part in a competition in March and April to test Civil War numismatic knowledge. Students will be encouraged to create coin and note designs honoring the war and the people who experienced it.
Prizes will be awarded for individual, club and student activities.
For more information, visit www.money.org.