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For basic start-up information concerning how to participate in the essay contests, how to sign up for teacher and student discussion groups and arrangments for publicity articles, please read on!


1) ACE essay contests are divided into two parts:

    1. "Within the School: classroom teacher chooses the best essay in the class/school for submission to ACE, and the author receives a prize bronze coin.

    2. "Finals Contests: submissions from each school are judged by a panel of 12 – 20 ACE donor members for the selection of finalists, and top place winners receive coin prizes.

2) The spectrum of the ACE program and its offshoots covers an age range from older elementary school students through middle school and high school, as well as university students. Contests are judged in three different age categories.

3) Sample Essay Themes: (these will be announced throughout the academic year, and topics vary each year)

In the past students have written on topics relating to Roman emperors and empresses, Roman architecture, Latin inscriptions, animals in the Roman world, ancient trade routes, invaders of the Roman Empire, and Roman provinces. Typically these essays are crafted within a creative frame, say from the point of view of a soldier, a slave, or a child, and contain specific references to a significant ancient coin. Essays are judged by richness in accurate historical detail, creativity, and quality of writing.

PLEASE NOTE! All reports and essays must be done in Word or Wordpad format (no scans accepted), font size 12 and single-spaced unless otherwise specified. This will enable school winners’ essays to be posted easily to the ACE web site, from which the judges view and vote on them.


4) ACE teachers and students will also be able to participate in trivia contests based on images of coins or other artifacts. These contests will be accessed through http://www.stoa.org/gallery/ACE , and specific directions will be sent during the year.


5) If a teacher wishes to post images of students to the ACE web site, (perhaps because your local newspaper has featured your class’ participation in the coin project, or a prize-winning student, or a visiting speaker, etc.) s/he should send them to the contact furnished on the ACE website www.ancientcoinsforeducucation.org in jpg format. The teacher MUST have written permission from parents for any student featured on our website. A “Basic Parental Consent” form is included on the ACE CD and linked to the website. Note also that ACE’s standard policy is to post only the students’ first names and last initials.


  1. There are two MEMBERS ONLY online discussion groups which are essential for participation in the ACE program.

Teachers-Only Discussion Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ACEHelp_Teachers/

All EDUCATORS taking part in the ACE program MUST become members of this group. Communications about contest details, prize winners, special impromptu events, etc. are relayed to teachers via this group. Teachers also use it as a forum for asking questions or passing on advice. It is ESSENTIAL that all teachers join. Unlike the discussion group described below, it is NOT open to students. In order to be approved for membership, teachers MUST choose a user name related to their own names or their school’s names, so that they can be recognized easily for membership approval and for getting help (username “fayettevillehighschool” is a good one; “magistralatina” is too enigmatic). Any teacher having difficulties joining the group should contact ACE.

General Help Discussion Group:


Students and teachers may join this forum as a way to ask questions regarding ancient coins. Students may want to verify their attributions or ask for helpful hints regarding their coins. Questions will be answered by ACE numismatists. Students/teachers are encouraged to post images of their coins when asking for help, though this is not necessary. A template for getting attribution help is available through the ACE website.

When students communicate through the help line, they should use their first names and last initial only. A general school (or teacher) e-mail address should be given for return responses so that all correspondence flows through the school.