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coin collecting & numismatic tools

In our efforts to foster the study of numismatics and the hobby of collecting coins, the American Numismatic Association offers a wide variety of resources and tools to help hobbyists of all levels. Explore the sections below for more information and discover the fascinating world of money!

Getting Started

Whether you are interested in modern U.S. coins, ancient and medieval coinage, paper money or tokens and medals, the ANA wants to help you get started in the hobby.

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ANA Legacy Series

The Legacy Series acquaints collectors with the legends, heroes and icons of numismatics; celebrating their lives and contributions.

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Treasures In Your Pocket

Learn how to find collectible coins in your pocket change or coin jar!

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Research Tools from NGC

From the official ANA Grading Service are a variety of very useful research tools to help the numismatic community be more informed collectors.

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Morgan Dollar Grading Set

This online Morgan Dollar grading set contains definitions and high-resolution images representative of the ANA Grading Standards.

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Video Vignettes

These short (3 to 5 minutes) videos are designed to help you become a smarter, more informed collector.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find links to subject areas containing answers to many commonly asked numismatic questions that we receive on a regular basis.

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Coin Show Podcasts

Enjoy podcasts from The Coin Show, an internet podcast dedicated to coins and  coin collectors.

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Money Talks Radio Shows

Listen to some of our favorite Money Talks broadcasts in our digital archive.

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Teacher Tools

One of the primary goals of the ANA is to advance the study of money along educational, historical and scientific lines, as well as enhance interest in the hobby among school-age children. The following resources and lesson plans are tools for teachers.

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The Grading Game

Grading is a learned talent that requires the proper tools, the knowledge of the particular series, and lots and lots of practice. Try out our Grading Game and hone your skills!

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Numismatic Reference List

Explore this comprehensive collection of numismatic reference materials compiled by Brandon Kelley of Anaconda Rare Coins and members of the Collector's Universe (PCGS) forums.

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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. Find links to valuable resources here.

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Numismatic Spanish Dictionary

The ANA’s English to Spanish translation guide of numismatic terms is particularly useful to English speakers who interact with Spanish-speaking individuals presenting questions about coins and/or banknotes.

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Links to Numismatic Websites

Explore this list of valuable and trustworthy numismatic websites sure to enhance your knowledge of coin collecting and enrich your enjoyment of the hobby.

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Buying & Selling Bullion Coins

Consumers should resist the temptation to make impulse buys or to sell any item before researching its potential value. The ANA urges all collectors to view and follow these tips before buying or selling gold or silver bullion coins.

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