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Thousands of old coins going into circulation
Check your change! Old coins, including mid-20th century Indian Head/Buffalo nickels, are deliberately being placed into circulation as part of National Coin Week, April 21-27, 2019.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO.- Check your change! You may find historic and potentially valuable old money when hundreds of rare coin dealers across the country deliberately put into circulation tens of thousands of collectible coins, some a century old.

The “Great American Coin Hunt®” is one of the activities planned during the 96th annual National Coin Week, April 21-27, 2019.

National Coin Week is sponsored by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association to celebrate the historical, cultural, artistic and economic importance of money as well as the enjoyment of coin and paper money collecting, according to the National Coin Week coordinator Andy Dickes.

The theme of this year’s National Coin Week is “Discover the Past, Envision the Future.”

“The designs, denominations and metallic content of coins tell us a great deal about civilizations, past and present, such as famous and not-so-famous political and historical figures, important events and landmarks,” explained Gary Adkins, president of the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based American Numismatic Association.

The association, along with hundreds of local coin clubs and individual collectors, will be setting up exhibits across the country to promote coin collecting and the collection of related items such as paper money, tokens and medals. Historic, old money will be deliberately placed into circulation by more than 200 members of the group Coin Dealers Helping Coin Dealers to encourage people to closely look at their money.

“There will be tens of thousands of old coins, from century-old Indian Head and early Lincoln cents to vintage silver dimes and quarters, as well as older paper money going into circulation,” explained Rob Oberth, coordinator of the Great American Coin Hunt. “Even ‘common’ silver dimes have more than a dollar’s worth of silver, and each silver quarter-dollar is worth at least $2.50. Some of the rare coins going into circulation may have a collector value of $100 or more.”

No silver has been used for dimes and quarters struck for circulation since 1965 and for circulating half dollars since 1971.

National Coin Week, observed every third week of April, was established in 1923 to attract the general public to the hobby of coin collecting.

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