ANA eLearning Academy 2020 Summer Seminar Course Samples

June 29-July 10


Summer Seminar is a once-a-year opportunity that offers collectors a varied selection of week-long courses designed for discovery or continued numismatic study. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 event. But you can still get a taste of the program by registering below for one or more FREE condensed courses from the new ANA eLearning Academy or viewing a recorded webinar here.



Mexican Voices in Metal and Paper

This course examines the general perspective of coins, some medals, and paper money that compose Mexican Numismatics, covering the period from 1492 to 1925. The highlights of this topic are the coinage of  Charles and Johanna (1536 - 1571), cobs (1572 - 1733), and klippes (1733 - 1734), on the oddly shaped coinage. We will glance at the Pillar series (1732 - 1771), busts (1772 - 1810), and War of Independence (1810 - 1822) reviewing the issues made by the Emergency Mints outside of Mexico City. Once Mexico gained its independence from Spain we will touch on Iturbide's coinage and some of the 14 Republican Mints (1822 - 1905). During the French Invasion, coins on behalf of Maximilian were made as the Emperor of Mexico (1863 - 1867), followed by the Republican issues (1867 - 1905). The establishment of the banking system appeared in 1864 and with that the first issues of paper money walked on the streets of Mexico City, extending to the rest of the Republic (1864 - 1915). In 1905 a Monetary Reform occurred and the coin design changed some. By 1913 the first issues of the Mexican Revolución appeared in coins and paper money, ending in 1917 altogether. We will stop this meteoric review with the establishment of the Banco de México, the equivalent of the Federal Reserve, in 1925. 

Instructor: Ricardo de Leon Tallavas, author and Mexican coinage expert
When: July 9, 2020 | 1:00-3:00 PM MDT

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Creating a Great Club Newsletter

This presentation will discuss the development of a newsletter publication people will want to read! It will briefly address newsletter objectives, the use of layout, font, and colors to better meet your objectives. Photo use and placement will be discussed, as well as selection of software used for publishing, photo editing, and PDF editing.

Instructor: Phil Vitale, President, Albuquerque Coin Club; Editor of the award-winning Pocket Change newsletter

When: July 10, 2020 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM MDT

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Special Event: Tribute to Tiny

If you have ever come to Summer Seminar, you know the name Tiny Cross. On March 9, 2020, we lost this wonderful person here on earth and we all know Summer Seminar will never be the same. Join the ANA staff to pay tribute to Tiny by sharing your favorite pictures and memories of Tiny. This event will allow all attendees to speak so space is limited to 100 people.


When: July 17, 2020 | 1:00 PM MDT

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Introduction to Paper Money Production and Counterfeit Detection

This class will cover printing technologies used by security printers and the more likely technologies used by counterfeiters.

Instructor: Joseph Boling, co-author, World War II Remembered: History in your Hands, a Numismatic Study

When: Jul 18, 2020 | 12:00-2:00 PM MDT

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When the Die is Wrong: Wrong Die Varieties That Can be Found and Collected

We will be talking about coins that were struck with dies that should have been used on a different coin. Think Proofs, circulations, different years, and denominations (like mules). From Flying Eagle cents to Bullion Silver eagles we will go over more than 50 different coins in this fascinating subset of variety collecting. Some of these coins can carry a price tag worth far more than a normal coin. All attendees will have the opportunity to receive a PDF file of the coins that we talk about.
Instructor: John H. Miller Jr., variety expert for more than 20 years

When: Jul 28, 2020 | 12:00-2:00 PM MDT

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Digital Image Editing for Numismatics: Getting Your Obverses & Reverses Together

Attendees will learn how to organize, edit, and modify coin and paper money images for the purposes of print and web publishing, cataloging, personal reference, and exhibiting. Topics covered will include the basics of image resolution, file naming, and file formats; and a brief discussion of ethical guidelines. Demonstrations will be conducted using Adobe Photoshop® and include the basics of color correction, how to add or remove backgrounds from images, how to merge separate images of obverse and reverse into a single seamless image, and how to create special effects such as drop shadows.
Instructor: Michael Kodysz

When: September 14, 2020 | 12:00 PM MDT

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MPC Boot Camp

All Military Payment Certificate (MPC) enthusiasts are to report for duty! The mission includes basic to the advanced study of MPCs. Deserters will be court-martialed!
Drill Sergeant: Carlton “Fred” Schwan, long-time instructor and author of The Comprehensive Catalog of Military Payment Certificates and co-author of World War II Remembered: History in Your Hands, A Numismatic Study

When: September 17, 2020 | 12:00 PM MDT

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Secrets of the Flying Eagle & Indian Head Cents

Participants will examine all aspects of collecting two of the most popular series in U.S. numismatics, including history, grading, values, varieties, and collecting strategies. The course also covers counterfeit and problem coins.
Instructor: Richard Snow, professional coin dealer, and specialist in U.S. small cents

When: October 13, 2020 | 6:00 PM MDT

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Coin Collecting Basics

This informal class will help you decide what to collect and how to store your collection. Subjects such as grading and the variables that determine value are discussed. Learning how to enjoy the hobby to its fullest is explored.
Instructor: Rod Gillis Education Director, American Numismatic Association

When: November 11, 2020 | 1:00 PM MST

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Auction World 101: An Inside Perspective

There are many segments every auction house must put together to produce a successful event. These range from obtaining the consignments, cataloging, marketing, and conducting the auction live, online, or live interactively. A thorough discussion of each moving part from start to finish will take place. Participants will come away with the knowledge that will help them improve, upgrade, or disperse a collection through the auction method. This class will present an overview of how to buy, sell, and participate in auctions by understanding how auction companies approach sales.
Instructor: Ailie Byers, CFO, Centennial Auctions

When: December 7, 2020 | 1:00 PM MST

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