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ANA’s Summer Seminar Program 2023

The best learning experience in numismatics returns again this summer. The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Summer Seminar, slated for June 17-22 (session 1) and June 24-29 (session 2) 2023, features classes to suit virtually every collector’s needs, led by instructors who are recognized leaders in their fields.


Held in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colo., on the campus of Colorado College adjacent to the ANA, this year’s program offers 33 classes, optional tours, mini-seminars, lectures and special events. Lodging and meal plan options allow attendees to customize their experience.

What’s Essential

Grading United States Coins, Part 1 (Sessions 1 & 2) – Explore the history and philosophy of grading, and learn how to grade copper, silver and gold U.S. coins according to the latest ANA and market standards. Enrollment is limited to 20 students per class.

  • Introduction to Counterfeit & Alteration Detection (Session 1) – Learn how counterfeits are made from ancient times to today. Examine Chinese counterfeits and see how easily you can spot them.
  • Introduction to Paper Money Grading (Session 1) – Discover the basics of paper money authentication and grading, including proper lighting, printing techniques, counterfeit and forgery detection, and an explanation of grading standards in current use by collectors and dealers in the marketplace.

What’s Popular

Numismatic Digital Photography and Image Editing (Session 1) – This class is for beginners through experienced photographers who want to manage their digital coin collection, sell coins online, conduct research, perform diagnostic inspection, or submit images for publication.

  • Collecting and Investing in Morgan Silver Dollars: A Comprehensive Approach (Session 1) – Get a comprehensive overview of collecting and investing in Morgan silver dollars. Learn the subtle nuances of dates and mint marks, varieties, die states, proof-like and deep mirror proof-like (DMPL) coins, planchet variations, toning and eye appeal.
  • Coin Carving 101: Creating the Modern Hobo Nickel (Session 2) – Students will learn to use hand gravers, a hammer and chisel, and rotary and air-powered tools to create their own works of Americana art. Each student receives ready-to-carve nickels.

What’s Original

Business of Being a Coin Dealer (Session 1) – Get into the coin business, sharpen your skills and learn new ways to increase the profit potential of your current operation. Topics include business accounting, finance, marketing and management, methods and tools, with additional emphasis on inventory control, ethics, and security.

  • Greek Coinage – Origins to Alexander the Great (Session 1) – Explore ancient Greek coinage from its beginnings in the mid-7th century to the late-4th century BC and Alexander the Great’s domination of the ancient world.
  • Evolution of Western Coinage through Economics & Iconography Part 1 (Session 2) – Trace the evolution of coinage throughout history from both an economic and iconographic perspective. The instructors complement each other by illustrating the same time period each day from these two disciplines’ viewpoints.


To view a full list of courses, tours and session schedules, or to register to attend, visit the Summer Seminar website.

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