Numismatic Diploma

ANA School of Numismatics Diploma Program


DiplomapicThe American Numismatic Association offers individuals the opportunity to Discover and Explore the World of Money by enrolling in the School of Numismatics Diploma Program. 


The program provides individuals the opportunity to obtain a "Numismatic Scholar" certificate by completing a series of correspondence courses, hands-on seminars or a combination of the two.

Students embark on an exciting and rewarding journey while acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to appreciate and enjoy the hobby. 



Requirements for the Diploma Program consist of registration, the completion of six correspondence courses and a 200-question, closed-book final exam. Students can opt to take correspondence courses, classroom courses or a combination of both to complete the program requirements. Students should be able to complete the program within two years. If more time is needed due to illness, military deployment, etc., please make arrangements with the Education Department. Each student has the option of being assigned a mentor to answer numismatic-related questions while enrolled in the program. The courses can be completed in any order that the student wishes. Any required course that the student may have already completed within two years prior to registering for the program will count toward completion of the program. Students must successfully pass all individual tests for each correspondence course before applying to take the final exam. All students are required to be ANA members.


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Program costs

All materials for the Diploma Program can be purchased separately as listed below, or as a complete package for only $399 (plus $10 shipping).



Diploma Program Registration Fee: $100.00
Introduction to Numismatics correspondence course: $   29.95
Grading Coins Today correspondence course: $   25.95
Detecting Counterfeit & Altered Coins course/video package: $   62.95
The Modern Minting Process and Errors & Varieties correspondence courses: $  39.95
Grading Mint-State correspondence course/video package: $   42.95
Diploma Program Final Examination Fee:  $200.00

The registration fee, final exam fee, 6 correspondence courses (5 books), Detecting Counterfeit and Altered U.S. Coins video and the Grading Mint-State U.S. Coins video are included in the $399 special offer.



Examination process

The final exam consists of an extensive 200-question written test covering information from all of the correspondence courses. This exam is to be administered by a proctor in any school, local library, at any ANA Convention, or at ANA's Headquarters in Colorado Springs.

If a student fails the final exam after two attempts, he/she will be withdrawn from the program and not be readmitted for one year. Adept students wishing to bypass required courses, or "test-out," may opt to take the written exam.



Student mentors

At any time during the program, students can request a mentor to help answer numismatic related questions they may have while completing the program.  All administrative questions, or inquiries about the tests, should be directed to the ANA Education Department.  Below is a listing of student mentors who volunteer their time and numismatic knowledge to this program.


Gary Adkins Harlan Berk Bill Fivaz
Mark Hotz Kerry Wetterstrom Debbie Williams
John Wilson Arthur Fitts Brian Silliman
Walter Ostromecki Ken Bressett  John Kraljevich
Anthony Swiatek Joseph Boling Kenneth Hallenbeck
David Lange David Vagi Don Bonser
Thomas Hallenbeck Mary Sauvain Frank Van Valen



Correspondence courses vs. classroom courses



Correspondence Course



"Introduction To Numismatics"

"The Complete Numismatist" or "Adventures in Numismatics"

"Grading Coins Today"

"Introduction to Grading United States Coins"

"Detecting Counterfeit & Altered U.S. Coins"

"Detecting Counterfeit & Altered U.S. Coins"

"The Modern Minting Process"

"The Modern Minting Process and Errors & Varieties"

"U.S. Minting Errors & Varieties"

"The Modern Minting Process and Errors & Varieties"

"Grading Mint State U.S. Coins"

"Intermediate Grading of United States Coins"



More information

For more information, please call 719-482-9845 or email