Great American Coin Hunt: Millions of rare, valuable coins are being released into circulation

Start checking that pocket change because you may just find a valuable, rare coin.

More than a million new and vintage coins will be dropped into circulation by collectors and coin dealers for the Great American Coin Hunt during National Coin Week, April 21-27.

The Willy Wonka-type stunt, sponsored by the American Numismatic Association (ANS), is being billed as the biggest coin drop in American history. It’s intended to spark interest in coin collecting.

The U.S. Mint and hundreds of coin dealers and collectors are participating, announcing their coin drops on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using hashtag #GreatAmericanCoinHunt. There also is a map of where coins are being mixed into circulation posted at