(Fallbrook, CA) – Members of the Professional Numismatists Guild are donating more than $16,000 to the American Numismatic Association’s Coins in the Classroom project to promote numismatics as an educational medium to teach students about culture, art, science and history in our nation’s schools.

“We asked PNG members to contribute to this worthwhile educational project, and we surpassed our donation goal. We want to be partners in education, and now PNG will give the ANA a check for $16,325 on PNG Day, August 15, at the ANA World’s Fair of Money® convention in Denver,” said Jeff Garrett, PNG President.

Coins in the Classroom is a professional development course designed to help teachers use coins to augment their curriculum in social studies, mathematics or other related disciplines. By examining why coins are made and how they are used, students gain insights into how societies exist and function.

“Through the generous support of PNG, the ANA can continue expanding the highly successful Coins in the Classroom program to reach more teachers than ever. The donation will help support the ANA’s efforts to bring the message of numismatics as a venue for studying culture, art, science and history to educators from around the world. The PNG’s support can provide financial assistance to teachers for travel and lodging while taking the course in Colorado Springs, as well as assist with offering Coins in the Classroom on-site to school districts around the country,” said Lane Brunner Ph.D., ANA Director of Numismatic Outreach.

For additional information about the Coins in the Classroom program, contact the ANA Numismatic Outreach Department, 818 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Phone: (719) 482-9872. E-mail: outreach@money.org.