Coin Collecting Resources

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!


Collector Tools

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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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Coin Collecting Basics

Find valuable tips and rules of thumb for coin collectors, plus helpful guidelines for purchasing coins online.

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10 Rules of Coin Collecting

There are a number of rules that all coin collectors should remember every time they make a purchase. Here are ten that are especially important.

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Young Collector Resources

Participate in fun activities to earn free coins, learn about numismatics, and earn “YN Dollars” you can use to bid on real coins and paper money in exclusive monthly auctions.

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NumismaTalks Webinars

Explore. Study. Connect. Join us twice a month—on the second and fourth Thursday from 12pm-1pm MT–for live webinars on all things numismatic. These hour-long presentations are free to join live and are sure to appeal to a wide variety of collecting interests.

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ANA Grading Resources

Find valuable grading resources, including Official ANA Grading Standards, The Grading Game, a Morgan Dollar grading set, links to informational videos and webinars, and more.

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Digital Content Library

The ANA offers an abundance of digital content and online programs to keep you informed, entertained and connected.

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Coin Dealer Directory

Explore our searchable database to find ANA Member Coin Dealers near you. Locate dealers by numismatic specialty, location and more.

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Coin Club Directory

Search the ANA Member Club Directory by name, specialty or location and learn how to join. Share your love for the hobby with other collectors in local, regional and national clubs!

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Official ANA Blog

Numismatic news and stories, coin collecting tips, and more. ANA Coin Press is the official blog of the American Numismatic Association.

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Find Collectibles in Your Spare Change

Download the ANA’s FREE eBook, Treasures in Your Pocket, and learn how to find collectible coins in your pocket change or coin jar!

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Coin Collecting FAQs
Numismatic FAQs

Find links to subject areas containing answers to many commonly asked numismatic questions.

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Virtual Museum Exhibits

Explore virtual Money Museum exhibits and tours, including our immersive virtual exhibits The History of Money, The Medal in America, WWI Trenches to Treaties, and much more.

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VR Museum Tours

Experience immersive tours of Money Museum exhibits in 360° from your desktop or VR headset. Explore cases and examine pieces up-close and in great detail!

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Money Museum Online Collection

Search the Money Museum’s extensive database and online catalog of collections and images.

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Numismatic Lending Library

ANA members can conveniently access the world’s largest numismatic lending library, and its more than 128,000 books, auction catalogs, periodicals, videos and DVDs.

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Parks in Your Pockets Book

Fans of the United States Mint’s 11-year program of America the Beautiful Quarters®, struck from 2010 to 2021, will be delighted by Arlyn G. Sieber’s new book, Parks in Your Pockets.

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Past Tense Book
Past Tense Book

Coin collectors and history buffs alike are sure to love this entertaining, large-format book. Examine history through the lens of American Coinage!

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Research Tools from NGC®
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Links to Numismatic Websites
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Numismatic Books
Numismatic Reference List
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Coin Labels & Inventory Spreadsheet
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Consumer Awareness

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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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Buying & Selling Bullion Coins

The ANA urges all collectors to view and follow these tips before buying or selling gold or silver bullion coins.

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Numismatic Estate Guide

The ANA’s “Managing & Settling a Numismatic Estate” shares practical tips for creating an estate plan; caring for a collection; inventorying the items and assessing value; and finding buyers.

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ANA Counterfeit Detection Resources

Counterfeit Detection Volumes I & II: Reprints from The Numismatist contain significant articles on counterfeit detection that appeared in the magazine from 1977 through May, 1988.

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NGC® Counterfeit Detection Resources

To help collectors and dealers identify counterfeits, NGC has prepared lists of the most commonly counterfeited coins with diagnostic information and images from their extensive database.

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Online Coin Auction Tips

Using online auction venues can be a fun and rewarding experience for a collector looking to expand his or her coin collection. Here are a few tips that will hopefully aid in providing for a positive online buying experience.

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Coin Collecting Videos, Webinars and Podcasts

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Recorded Webinars

Expand your numismatic knowledge with these recorded webinars led by numismatic professionals and fellow hobbyists.

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Money Museum Masterpiece Video Series
Money Museum Masterpiece

The Money Museum Masterpiece Series includes brief (3-5 minute) videos explaining the history and significance of featured numismatic items.

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ANA YouTube Channel

The nation’s largest organization for coin and paper money collectors presents advice from its staff and respected experts. Watch and become a smarter collector.

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Video Vignettes Coin Collecting Shorts

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

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Money Talks Video Archive

Money Talks provide members a forum in which to share their views and research with fellow hobbyists.

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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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Two Bits Podcast

Enjoy Two Bits, the American Numismatic Association’s podcast about the wonderful world of coins and currency.

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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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More Great Resources

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Tales from the Vault

Tales from the Vault highlight the lesser-known parts of the ANA collection, featuring stories about individual objects or groups of objects that do not often (or ever) see the light of day.

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Teacher Tools

Introduce students to the fascinating world of money! Teachers and parents can find and download FREE numismatic resources and lesson plans here.

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Nova Constellatio

The prototype for United States coinage can be determined by die states and documents written by those involved in its conception.

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Numismatic Spanish Dictionary

This translation guide is particularly useful to English speakers who interact with Spanish-speaking individuals with numismatic questions.

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Periodic Table of Numismatics Poster

This 24″ x 36″ print is an interesting and educational addition to any collector’s decor. Order today for just $25; includes storage tube plus free shipping and handling.

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The app from the ANA includes a variety of valuable features for lifelong numismatists and budding coin collectors alike. Download it for FREE today!

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