May 14th, 2009

Focus on Education

We at COINage are big on education. Phrases like, “Buy the book—and read it–before the coin,” are common around here. We have published numerous articles about how teachers are using coins in their classrooms and the U.S. Mint’s Web site and its lesson plans. We’ve also run informative stories about organizing your collection, learning how to grade your coins, detecting counterfeits and a number of other educational topics.

On that note, the American Numismatic Association has a variety of seminars and programs scheduled for the upcoming World’s Fair of Money being held in Los Angeles, Aug. 5-9. Here’s a list of offerings (to date):

Pre-Convention Seminars
* Coin Conservation, Authentication and Grading – August 3-5, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Three-day seminar emphasizing the most essential numismatic skills for collectors of any level. Digital presentation, open discussion and hands-on coin examination. Includes Early Bird Badge. Instructor: Brian Silliman, current NGC grader and former assistant director of operations for Numismatic Conservation Services.
ANA Member Price: $249 through July 1; $269 after

* Facing the Chinese Counterfeiting Threat – August 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; August 5, 1-5 p.m. Counterfeit coins and slabs made in the People’s Republic of China are pouring into the marketplace in unprecedented numbers. Access to Western technology means that the counterfeiters are able to produce high-quality fakes. In this two-day seminar, learn to protect yourself by becoming a smart online customer, and learn how to use simple, inexpensive tools to authenticate your own coins. Instructors: Susan Headley, numismatic journalist and counterfeit expert; Beth Deisher, editor, Coin World; and Dr. Gregory Dubay, noted Chinese counterfeit expert.
ANA Member Price: $149 through July 1; $169 after

* An Introduction to Ancient Greek and Roman Coinage – August 4-5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Learn the basics of collecting ancient Greek and Roman coins in this two-day class designed specifically for beginning collectors. Topics include a general survey of ancient coins, how to build a reference library, using the Internet for collecting and research, and learning the basics of detecting counterfeits. Participants are encouraged to bring their own coins for discussion. Instructor: Kerry K. Wetterstrom, editor and publisher of “The Celator”
ANA Member Price: $149 through July 1; $169 after

Free Classes & Workshops (pre-registration requested)
* Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge Workshop & Girl Scout Fun with Money Patch Workshop – August 8, 1-3 p.m. (Noon check-in)
Boy and Girl Scouts can earn their specific collecting awards at on-site workshops led by trained counselors and leading numismatists. No fee. Pre-registration required. To pre-register, e-mail Albertus Hoogeveen at

* Coin Collecting Basics – August 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Consumer awareness, grading, proper storage, handling and preservation. Numismatics can be confusing – especially when you are new to the hobby! Learn the nuances of coins, paper money, tokens and medals and how to collect smart for the future. Instructor: Rod Gillis, ANA numismatic educator

Free Programs & Lectures (no registration required)
* Numismatic Theatre – August 5, 7 and 8
30-40 minute programs featuring some of the hobby’s most noted experts addressing a wide range of topics. For times, check the online “Schedule of Events” soon, or the Convention Program at the show.

* Maynard Sundman Lecture Series – August 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instruments of Banking and Finance
Presentations throughout the day

* Coin Collecting 101 – throughout the show on the Hall A Stage
Learn the basics of starting and caring for a coin collection during these informal 30-minute educational presentations

To register or for more information, call Susan McMillan at 719-482-9850, e-mail, or visit

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