coin collecting consumer awareness

consumer awareness resources (C.a.r.e.)

The ANA's C.A.R.E. program was established to help make the industry safe for collectors and investors. We achieve this goal by arming both members and non-members with knowledge through our many educational resources, fraud alerts and awareness outreach projects and by serving as an advocate to the public through our loss alert/reward program, mediation services and partnerships with local, national and federal law enforcement agencies.

An educated numismatic community is the best defense against fraud; we encourage everyone who loves the hobby to take the time to increase their awareness.



Since 2007, the ANA has been involved with the global issue of cultural property, specifically with regard to numismatic artifacts. The hobby community’s interest in this topic began in 1983 when, in response to unlawful looting of archaeological sites abroad, the United States Senate passed the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA). This legislation supports the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the “Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.” The concept behind the UNESCO Convention was to create a framework for governments to enter into agreements to enforce each other's export-control laws on archaeological and ethnological objects.

With some reservations, the Senate agreed to the convention with the intention of preserving the “independent judgment” of the United States as to when and how it would impose import restrictions on cultural artifacts when requested by governments that are in agreement with the Convention. The CPIA set up a panel of experts, the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC), to assist the U.S. president in this decision-making process. The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs was put in charge of the program, while U.S. Customs and Border Protection was tasked with implementing import restrictions. 

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Useful Links

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Consumer Federation of America
Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA)
Better Business Bureau Online
Consumer Sentinel Network
Federal Trade Commission
FTC - Selling on the Internet: Prompt Delivery Rules
National Association of Attorneys General
PNG - Professional Numismatist Guild
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service
The United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing
The United States Mint
File an Internet Crime Complaint with IC3
Going Shopping? A Guide for E-Consumers
Scams and Swindles - An Educational Guide to Avoiding Investment Fraud