The ANA Summer Seminar

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April 5, 2018 – Hobbyists interested in attending the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 50th annual Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs (CO) can now register for the event online.

ANA Summer Seminar

The Summer Seminar is a once-a-year opportunity for intense numismatic study and the 2018 program features a lineup of classes to meet virtually every collector’s needs. On the website you will find all information including a full list of courses, daily excursions and session schedules.

What’s Fresh

World Numismatics
Instructor: Benjamin Swagerty
Session 1: June 16 to 21
Learn about numismatics from around the world, including hard-to-obtain rarities, general issues, commemoratives and more. This course will show you how to develop and organize your collections in an accessible, flexible way by using the Internet and other resources. It also will help you become an active and knowledgeable international collector.

What’s Exclusive

Numismatic Publishing: A Practical Guide to Writing About Coins
Instructors: Steve Roach and Dennis Tucker
Session 1: June 16 to 21
This course is designed for individuals who want to write for today’s top numismatic publications. Students will learn about different types of writing, the elements of quality (i.e., readable) coin writing, and will receive an overview of the various venues available for publishing. Participants also will build an outline and work on producing an article suitable for publication, which will be peer reviewed. By the end of the class, students will lay the groundwork for an article they can be proud of and will gain further confidence in their writing skills.

What’s Fundamental

Collecting United States Type Coins
Instructors: David W. Lange and Frank Van Valen
Session 2: June 23 to 28
This interactive class will teach students how to collect U.S. coins by regularly issued type. Participants will explore the rarity of each design and denomination in relation to grade. They also will learn the technical aspects of strike and planchet quality and the aesthetics of toning. Students are encouraged to bring their own coins for evaluation and study.

What’s Original

Legacy & Coinage of Father-Son Mint Engravers William & Charles Barber
Instructors: John Frost and Glenn Holsonbake
Session 2: June 23 to 28
This hands-on course will explore the history and coinage of the 5th and 6th U.S. Mint chief engravers, William Barber (1869-1879) and Charles Barber (1880-1917), respectively.
Students will study in detail all six circulation coin series created by this duo during their tenures, from the late-19th to the early-20th century. The class also will explore the mint medals designed by these prolific engravers and more.


Students may select from a variety of lodging options to meet their needs, preferences and budget. Most stay in Colorado College campus dorms (adjacent to the ANA), while others elect to stay in nearby hotels. For a complete list of ANA preferred hotels, refer to page 22 of the Summer Seminar Course Catalog.

For additional information, contact Meghan Reed, the ANA’s seminar representative.

Registration Discount for ANA members

The two one-week sessions will be held June 16-28, 2018. ANA life members who register save $25 per session. Register online here.

For further information on the ANA visit the website of the American Numismatic Association.

Information on the event are available from the Summer Seminar page.