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Updated “Grading U.S. Coins Today” Correspondence Course Offered by ANA’s Florence Schook School of Numismatics

Grading is one of the key skills every coin collector strives to master. Some collectors are fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of the multi-day grading seminar offered by the American Numismatic Association (ANA). But for those who cannot attend the seminar, the ANA’s “Grading U.S. Coins Today” correspondence course is the next best thing.

Updated in 2017 and enhanced with visually impressive color images, the course provides valuable information on the methodology behind third-party grading and the differences between technical and market grading.

The course, which features the updated “Grading U.S. Coins Today” along with the 7th edition of “The Official Grading Standards for United States Coins,” is available to ANA members for $40.95. Non-members can order the course for $60.95, which includes both books and a digital membership to the ANA.

“The book closely replicates the live course taught by numismatic experts at our week-long annual Summer Seminar,” says Rod Gillis, ANA education director. “You’d be hard-pressed to find a better introductory guide anywhere.”

“Grading U.S. Coins Today” is one of six correspondence courses (five books) that comprise the ANA’s School of Numismatics Diploma Program. Other courses include:

  • Introduction to Numismatics $35.95

  • Detecting Counterfeit & Altered U.S. Coins (includes a DVD) $68.95

  • The Modern Minting Process and U.S. Errors & Varieties $45.95

  • Grading Mint-State U.S. Coins (includes a DVD) $48.95

All materials for the Diploma Program can be purchased separately or as a complete package for $455, which includes a registration fee of $100 plus a final exam fee of $200. The final exam consists of a 200-question, written test that can be administered by a proctor in any school, local library, at any ANA convention, or at the ANA in Colorado Springs. Students can opt to take correspondence courses, classroom courses or a combination of both to complete the program requirements. Courses can be completed in any order. Students have the option of being assigned a mentor while enrolled in the program.

To order “Grading U.S. Coins Today” or to obtain more information on the ANA’s Florence Schook School of Numismatics Diploma Program, call (719) 482-9829 or email education@money.org.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

ANA School of Numismatics Offers Seminars in Florida and Georgia

The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) School of Numismatics is offering a pair of educational courses—“Coin Grading, Problem Coins and Conservation” and “Numismatics of Colonial America”—prior to the Orlando National Money Show® (NMS), Mar. 7-8. The coin and money show begins Mar. 9 at the Orange County Convention Center, located at 9800 International Drive. Register for the two-day seminars by Feb. 3 for a $20 early enrollment discount; take another $40 off if you’re an ANA life member.

For additional information or to register, please contact seminars@money.org or call 719-482-9865.

Coin Grading, Problem Coins and Conservation

This 2-day seminar will help students avoid costly mistakes by developing their grading skills and teaching them to spot a wide variety of surface problems, enhancements, alterations and conservation issues that can adversely affect a coin’s grade.

Instructor: Brian Silliman, professional numismatist, Brian Silliman Rare Coins; and former grader/authenticator Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and ANA Authentication Bureau

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mar. 7-8)

Cost: $259 for ANA members/$359 for non-members

Numismatics of Colonial America

Discover the intricacies of the early history of the nation through this hands-on seminar. Students will be introduced to corollary fields, period contexts, archaeological precedents, and much more.

Instructor: Erik Goldstein, Curator of Mechanical Arts & Numismatics at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mar. 7-8)

Cost: $259 for ANA members/$359 for non-members

GNA Coin Show

For those who are unable to attend the ANA’s pre-convention seminars in Orlando, an additional grading workshop—“Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins”—is available to collectors prior to the Georgia Numismatic Association (GNA) Coin Show, April 19-20. The coin show begins April 21at the Dalton Convention Center, located at 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road. Register for the two-day seminar by Mar. 15 for a $20 early enrollment discount; take another $40 off if you’re an ANA life member.

Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins

Sharpen your grading skills with this educational course. Knowledge of coin grading not only makes you more confident on the bourse floor, but also adds to your enjoyment of the hobby by helping take the worry out of numismatic purchases. Learn how U.S. coins should be graded according to the latest ANA and market standards.

Instructors: Rod Gillis, ANA education director; and Bill Fivaz, co-author of The Cherrypicker’s Guide to Rare Coin Varieties

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (April 19-20)

Cost: $259 for ANA and GNA members/$359 for non-members

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.