June 9, 2011 – Congratulations to Matthew Tormey and the Tucson Coin Club, grand prize winners in the ANA’s 2011 National Coin Week activities. Tormey, a Massachusetts native and ANA Young Numismatist, receives a mint state 1864 two cent piece for finishing first in the Civil War video scavenger hunt. The Tucson Coin Club took first place in the ANA’s club trivia challenge and receives a 1925 Stone Mountain half dollar.
The theme for 2011 National Coin Week was “Blue, Gray & Greenbacks,” a tribute to the 150th anniversary of the beginning for the U.S. Civil War. The ANA created a video scavenger hunt challenging participants to identify and collect six Civil War-related objects. More than 200 treasure hunters took part, and 107 qualified for the grand prize drawing. Other prizes, such as three-cent pieces 2011 proof sets, were also awarded.
A club trivia challenge testing the knowledge of ANA clubs was also presented. The challenge included 15 questions that required extensive research. Twenty-four ANA clubs submitted answers for the challenge; the San Francisco Coin Club won the second-place prize, a set of Confederate States of America notes. Other prizes were also awarded.
“Winning the scavenger hunt was like having my cake and eating it too,” Tormey said. “Interpreting all the clues and then finding the coins and note was a lot of fun and then winning the grand prize, I was blown away!”
The 88th annual National Coin Week took place April 17-23. Clubs & collectors across the country presented educational programs, displayed exhibits and held meetings to commemorate the Civil War and its money. The ANA thanks the 51 member clubs who registered to participate this year.
The dates for 2012 National Coin Week are April 15-21. More information on this and others of ANA’s activities you can find here.