03 Nov 2014

ANA School of Numismatics offers seminars at FUN Convention

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Classes on grading and counterfeit detection offered prior to 60th annual FUN show

The American Numismatic Association School of Numismatics will offer a pair of educational two-day courses held in conjunction with the 60th Annual Florida United Numismatists Convention. “Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins” and “Introduction to Counterfeit Detection of United States Coins” will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 6-7, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL. The 60th annual FUN Convention begins Jan. 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. 

“We are delighted to bring these seminars to the Sunshine State, and we appreciate FUN’s ongoing support of the ANA’s educational mission,” said Susan McMillan, ANA Education Project Manager.

Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins

Learn how U.S. coins should be graded according to the latest ANA and market standards in this seminar taught by Rod Gillis, ANA Numismatic Educator; Mike Ellis, ANA Governor and Variety Specialist, Mike Ellis Rare Coins; and Bill Fivaz, co-author of The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Coin Varieties. 

The seminar emphasizes the fundamental principles of grading circulated U.S. coins, including the history and evolution of grading standards, analysis of a coin’s focal points, technical and market grading, how to determine initial signs of wear and evaluating surface marks, strike, luster and eye appeal.

  • Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, January 6-7, 2015
  • Tuition: $248 for ANA and FUN members; $208 ANA Life Members; $348 for non-members. 
  • Register: Online at money.org/events/SeminarsAtFun2015. 
  • Questions: Call 719-482-9865 or email seminars@money.org

Introduction to Counterfeit Detection of United States Coins                                                   

In two days of intensive hands-on study, students will learn how to detect counterfeit and altered coins commonly seen in the marketplace today. All types and denominations of U.S. coins will be discussed with genuine and counterfeit specimens present for hands-on examination and study in this seminar taught by Brian Silliman, Senior Numismatist, Panda America, www.pandaamerica.com; former grader/authenticator, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation; and former authenticator, ANA Authentication Bureau.                                                                       

  • Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, January 6-7, 2015
  • Tuition: $248 for ANA and FUN members; $208 ANA Life Members; $348 for non-members
  • Register: Online at money.org/events/SeminarsAtFun2015.
  • Questions: Call 719-482-9865 or email seminars@money.org 

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 26,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to www.money.org.

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Telephone: 719-482-9864

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Amanda Varner

Level 4

I would take the counterfeit detection course if I could ... but alas, I'll be working at my table. :(


Level 5

I took the fundamentals class at Summer Seminar this year - you are NEVER so good at grading that you can't learn anything new, and taking this class made me realize that I'm not too bad at this grading thing, but I always can learn more (education doesn't stop until we die!) I completely enjoyed learning from Rod G., Mike E., and Brian Fanton. They made the class so enjoyable, and as a former public school educator, I think they had a wonderful balance of critical knowledge and humor; essential to delivering a lesson that will have lasting impact on all of us who took it. I strongly advise taking this class if you are going to be at the FUN! You will have the opportunity to learn the best basics about coin grading from a World Class Dreamcrusher, General Jack Jackson, and even though Brian won't be there, you'll have an ANA Hall of Famer, Bill Fivaz - you just can't go wrong (even though some people may say all three of them just ain't right!) Trust me, take their class - the money you spend will pale in comparison to the money you'll likely save in even just one or two of your next purchases - and you'll probably meet some new friends that you didn't realize you had! Knowledge is power, people!!

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