The American Numismatic Association will offer a pair of informative two-day courses for collectors prior to the World’s Fair of MoneySM, Aug. 7-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Held Aug. 5-6, both courses teach collectors skills that will be useful for a lifetime: grading, conservation and digital photography.


When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Aug. 5-6

Where: Downtown Marriott, across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Panda America’s senior numismatist Brian Silliman will show that the biggest mistake collectors and dealers make is buying coins they shouldn’t have purchased in the first place. Relying on images, discussions and hands-on examination of coins from the ANA grading set, novice and experienced collectors will develop grading skills and learn to spot a variety of surface problems, enhancements, alterations and conservation issues that can adversely affect a coin’s grade.


When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Aug. 5-6

Where: Downtown Marriott, across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Professional numismatic photographer Todd Pollock will show how even novice photographers can capture the sharp detail, luster and essence of a coin – if they understand the basics of lighting, contrast and imaging. One of the best numismatic photographers in the business will show collectors how to take distinctive digital images and edit them in Adobe Photoshop.

Participants should bring their own “micro-capable” cameras and several coins they would like to photograph, and they’re encouraged to use their own laptops and software. Upon completing the course, they can share their coins online, provide striking images to potential buyers or create an accurate collection inventory.

Each course costs $239 for ANA members and $339 for non-members. ANA life members receive a $25 discount on each class.

If you have questions or wish to register, please contact Diane Conrad at 719-482-9843 or email To register online, go

The World’s Fair of Money is the nation’s premier money show. The event features a major auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries; more than 1,000 numismatic dealers with the best inventory anywhere; the ANA Museum Showcase, exhibiting some of the world’s most valuable and beautiful coins and paper money; a Mint Promenade with mints from around the world; the Collector Exhibits area; educational presentations and seminars; and special events including the ANA’s annual awards banquet.

Show hours are 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Aug. 11. Admission is $6 for adults, and free for ANA members and children 12 and under. Save $2 on admission by downloading a coupon For more information, call 719-482-9849.

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 27,000 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

Originally Release Date: June 27, 2012

ANA Contacts: Phone: 719-482-9871