ANA eLearning Academy Recorded Webinars

Expand your numismatic knowledge with these pre-recorded webinars led by numismatic professionals and fellow hobbyists. Check back as new webinars are added frequently.


Engaging Young Collectors Now and in the Years to Come

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for getting kids or adults interested in numismatics. With that in mind, this presentation will provide several approaches on how to draw friends and relatives of all ages into our hobby.

Panelists: Abby Zechman, Garrett Ziss, Kellen Hoard, Kenny Sammut

Originally presented June 29, 2020.




Grading 101

Explore the philosophy behind learning how to grade. Review the characteristics of the four basic metals used in minting coins in the United States. Instruction will consist of a lecture, a PowerPoint presentation, and question and answer periods. ANA grading standards will be stressed. Gain the confidence needed to accurately assess potential coins for your collection.

Instructor: Rod Gillis Education Director, American Numismatic Association

Originally presented June 30, 2020.




CAC and its "Green Beans"

The story behind the emergence of CAC as a driving force in numismatics today, and how CAC has helped point coin collectors and investors toward their acquisition of coins that are "solid for the grade" or better.

Instructor: Bob Bair, avid collector and coin dealer with specialization in the history of US Coinage

Originally presented July 1, 2020.




Detection of Counterfeit and Altered Coins

Learn the often-subtle differences between genuine, counterfeit, and altered coins. Topics will include counterfeit-coin production, types of counterfeit dies and castings, date and mintmark alterations, specific gravity testing, and Chinese-made counterfeits. 
Instructors: Brian Silliman, professional numismatist, Brian Silliman Rare Coins, and former NGC grader/conserver and ANA authenticator/conserver; and Jim Robinson, professional numismatist, APMEX
Originally presented July 2, 2020.



Italian Numismatics: Insights Through Modern History

This session will cover Italian numismatics, offering some intriguing starting points for coin collectors, amateurs, and scholars. Through the lens of history and research, the instructor will assess a series of peculiar Italian coinages, mostly relevant to Sicily between the 16th and 19th centuries, and the Kingdom of Italy (1861-46). The instructor will demonstrate how Italian numismatics can offer much information on historical backgrounds, kings, and dictators from the Spanish rulers in Sicily to Mussolini.
Instructor: Antonino 'Nino' Crisà, numismatist, historian, and archaeologist, currently Marie Curie Skłodowska Research Fellow at Ghent University (Belgium). 
Originally presented July 3, 2020.



Introduction to Early U.S. Paper Currency: 1765 to 1865

This class is designed for beginning to intermediate students and will divide U.S. paper money into three periods: the end of the colonial period and the Revolution; the obsolete period; and the Civil War, with the introduction of federal issues up to 1865. Examples from the ANA’s holdings (including parts of the Bebee collection) will be shown to illustrate the fascinating and important role of paper currency in the early economic development of the United States as well as how such notes can provide a window into the history of the period. 
Instructors: Richard L. Horst, paper-currency specialist; and Douglas Mudd, museum director, and curator, Edward C. Rochette Money Museum
Originally presented July 6, 2020.



Understanding the Art of Rare Coin Submissions

Submitting coins for third party certification is not as simple as it appears.  Grading fees are substantial, and without the correct knowledge, a great deal of time and money can be wasted.  We will also discuss what coins can come back as no-grades, which cause many collectors grief and disappointment.  The entire process of rare coin submissions will be discussed.
Instructor: Jeff Garrett, President of Mid-American Rare Coin Gallery, Inc.; Past President ANA
Originally presented July 6, 2020.



The Modern Minting Process: Errors and Varieties

Explore the minting process and learn how each procedure can lead to the possible creation of collectible errors and varieties. Topics include identification and description, the art of cherrypicking, and various types of damage that may be confused for errors. This will only be a short overview of the full version of the class held each year during our annual Summer Seminar Please note that while the regular class fulfills the “Modern Minting Process/U.S. Minting Errors and Varieties” course requirement for the ANA Numismatic Diploma Program, this brief version of the class does not fulfill this requirement.       
Instructor: Sam Gelberd, ANA numismatic educator and avid collector
Originally presented July 7, 2020.



Collecting and Investing in Morgan Dollars: A Comprehensive Approach

This course will provide a professional overview of collecting and investing in Morgan silver dollars. Students will learn the subtle nuances of dates and mintmarks, grading, varieties, die states, roofline, and deep-mirror prooflike coins. Whether you are a beginner, dealer, or seasoned Morgan collector, the knowledge gained from this class will serve you well as you collect and invest in the most popular series in numismatics.
Instructors: John Baumgart, owner, Variety Slabbing Service, Past President of the Society of Silver Dollar Collectors; and Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., president of Rare Coin Investments (RCI), and co-author, Top 100 Morgan Dollars and co-founder and Past President of the new Society of Silver Dollar Collectors (SSDC)
Originally presented July 8, 2020.



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
Originally presented July 9, 2020.



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
Originally presented July 10, 2020.



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

Originally presented July 18, 2020.



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
Originally presented July 28, 2020. Download PDF here.



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

Originally presented September 14, 2020




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

Originally presented September 17, 2020.




Grading 101 in Arabic

تعرف علي اسس وفلسفة التقييم السليمة و تطورها, الي جانب المعادن المستخدمة لسك عملات الولايات المتحدة وكذلك كيفية فحص العملة بشكل سليم ومواضيع اخري عديدة ذات صلة. الويبينار سيتضمن محاضرة باوربوينت وستتاح فرصة للأجابة علي بعض الأسئلة- هدف المحاضرة اعطائك الثقة الكافية لتقييم اي عملة قبل اضافتها لمجموعتك - المحاضرة باللغة العربية

المحاضر: محب زرق الله من اعداد رود جيليس اعضاء بالجمعية الأمريكية للنميات
Explore the philosophy behind learning how to grade. Review the characteristics of the four basic metals used in minting coins in the United States. Instruction will consist of a lecture, a PowerPoint presentation, and question and answer periods. ANA grading standards will be stressed. Gain the confidence needed to accurately assess potential coins for your collection. This webinar will be presented in Arabic.
Instructor: Moe Rizkalla, original content: Rod Gillis American Numismatic Association

Originally presented October 2, 2020




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
Originally presented October 13, 2020



Numismatic Photography: Digital Equipment & Techniques

This course explores basic and intermediate photography techniques, using a proper macro-capable digital camera, I-pad, or cellphone. Learn how to choose and use accessories that will help achieve professional numismatic photographs for documenting items in your collection and/or for online use. Understanding the features/functions typically found on digital cameras, cellphones and I-pads, lighting techniques, copy stand selection, proper camera set-up, and proper lens choice. By the end of this course, you will have developed the ability to understand your camera and use the fundamentals to improve your confidence in taking pictures.
Instructors: Clark Fogg, Senior Forensic Specialist (ret.) Beverly Hills Police Department and professional numismatic photographer. ANA Summer Seminar Instructor: Introduction to Numismatic Photography; and David Heinrich, coin photographer, and editor of several local and regional numismatic publications. ANA Summer Seminar Instructor: Introduction to Numismatic Photography.
Originally presented October 22, 2020


U.S. Error Coins

In this presentation, we will discuss the minting process. We will look at various US error coins from my own collection, and we will learn how these error coins were produced.
Instructor: Dany Rothfeld
Originally presented October 27, 2020



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

Originally presented November 11, 2020



Young Collectors Corner

This course explores the wonderful world of coin collecting at its most basic levels, to help young collectors learn more about the hobby of numismatics. Areas covered include:

► What is money?

► Coin identification, including the parts of a coin and banknotes.

► How coins and bank notes are made.

► Requirements necessary for Scouts to earn their Coin Collecting Merit Badge of Fun With Money Patch.

► Various ANA programs available to Young Numismatists.
Instructor: Sam Gelberd Numismatic Educator, American Numismatic Association

Originally presented November 14, 2020




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

Originally presented December 7, 2020




You Can Research & Publish a Numismatic Book; Tom & I Did

This presentation will cover what decisions need to be made and how we chose to implement them for two very different numismatic publications. The first publication included all numismatic collectibles for Chattanooga Tennessee. Tom and I had extensive collections of this material. However, we needed to research and extend our knowledge beyond what we collected to cover all material in our scope. We decided to publish the information in a CD Adobe Acrobat (pdf format).

The second publication included all obsolete paper money from the state of Tennessee. We had some knowledge of Tennessee scrip. There was very little published information on Tennessee scrip. Therefore, we spent over 12 years researching scrip images and information. We agreed to publish a book using Adobe InDesign.

We created a website for both publications during the period when we were researching that was open to dealers and collectors to follow as we found new images and information. All information and images were credited on the website. The website was closed when we began selling the publications.
Instructor: Dennis Schafluetzel and Tom Carson
Originally presented December 10, 2020




A Numismatic Journey through Egyptian Islamic History

This presentation is an overview of Egyptian Islamic history based on a journey through gold Islamic coins minted in Egypt. The journey begins in 170 AH (786 CE) and ends at the fall of the Ottoman Empire and their rule of Egypt during World War I in 1335 AH (1916 CE). This represents approximately 1,200 years of the most interesting times for Egypt and the Mediterranean basin. We will look at gold coins and relate them to the socio-economic events occurring in Egypt and the Mediterranean during that period.
Instructor: Gamal Amer, Ph.D.
Originally presented January 11, 20201



Detection of Counterfeit Slabs

How is a PCGS slab composed? How is an NGC slab composed? What does a counterfeit slab look like? Where would I find these fakes? All this and more in Detection of Counterfeit Slabs with Isaiah Hageman.
Instructor: Isaiah Hageman
Originally presented January 13, 2021



Euro Coins – Cutting-Edge, Continuous, Cultural Contributors

This talk focuses on the imagery of the current Euro coins. Even though all its banknotes have the same design across the Euro-zone; the coins have one nation-specific side. Their designs offer a sneak-peek into European diversity. And even though the coins are lower in economic value; they are higher in value for their contribution towards identity, history, heritage & culture. In recent times money is metamorphosing into an e-avatar, but banknotes and coins (especially in the Eurozone) are still very prevalent. The lowest denomination of the banknotes is 5 euros; coins are still needed for your daily shot of caffeine! 
Instructor: Rukmini Dahanukar
Originally presented January 15, 2021



The World of Elongated Coins

Today’s modern elongated cents (also known as pressed pennies, squashed cents, rolled cents, and many other names), can trace their history to innovation at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago. The first recorded documentation of coins (both U.S. and World) being “rolled” with a press with a design on the roller to produce a new type of souvenir, was done at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Over two dozen elongated design types are known to have been “rolled” at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

A whole new numismatic collecting field was created and is growing even today. You can find elongated rolling machines at most tourist attractions (museums, zoos, theme parks, etc.) not only in the U.S. but in other countries around the world.
The presentation will show the growth and development of elongate collecting from 1893 to today, and provide collecting information.
Instructor: Richard Jozefiak
Originally presented January 20, 2021



The Story of Siege Money

Sieges punctuate history with accounts of bravery as well as dreadful acts of cruelty...always in the name of justice, often in the name of God. Soldiers who engaged in siege warfare were generally mercenaries and demanded payment for their services. During extended periods of strife, the coin o the realm simply ran out and had to be substituted with something else necessitating the creation of siege money. This talk is designed to familiarize the collector with what siege money is, how it was made, and show the many forms that it takes. 
Instructor: Lawrence Korchnak
Originally presented January 21, 2021



Masonic Pennies 130 Years of Mystery, History and Beautiful Coins

When a Mason earned the Fourth Degree, Royal Arch Mason, they earned a penny. The history of the penny is shrouded in mystery. When a Mason became a Royal Arch Mason they put their Mark in the Chapter Book of Marks and put it on their penny. This ritual appears to have a developed-in America during the 1800s. The first mention of a R.A.M Penny was in Medals of the Masonic Fraternity by Marvin in 1880. Marvin listed a Penny similar to the current Chapter Penny issued by the Excelsior Mark Lodge no 216 in Philadelphia. Marvin also lists a stock Penny. The stock pennies were silver and had a Keystone on one side and blank on the other side. The earliest I have been able to find was from the Pentucket Chapter from Haverhill MA. in 1876. To date I have only seen 4 of these pennies – each uniquely engraved.

Sometime around 1890, the Chapters started having unique dies engraved. B.P. Wright, President of ANA and a Mason, issued a series of three booklets on Masonic Pennies 1901-1904. Many of the Masonic Pennies were works of engraving art. In the early days, the Chapters were very secretive and would not share information on their pennies. Many of the pennies were buried with the Masons. The Hanauer Collection of Masonic Pennies started in 1899 became the basis for the collection at the House of the Temple in Washington DC. E.A. King Cataloged this collection (about 8,000 pennies) in the late 1920s and issued the book Masonic Chapter Pennies. There are several pennies in the collection that are the only ones know. We have cataloged over 17,000 pennies with images on tokencatalog.com.

This presentation will go through the history of Masonic Pennies and examples of the different types of pennies. Many of the Pennies have interesting stories and some of them will be discussed. Much of this information is being presented for the first time.
Instructor: Tom Carson
Originally presented January 27, 2021



Parthia: The Forgotten Empire

Parthia was an Empire occupied the region of modern-day Iran and Iraq for over 400 years, yet is almost forgotten today. Learn more about this fascinating empire through its coinage. 
Instructor: Doug Mudd
Originally presented January 28, 2021



The Production Technology of Ancient Coinage

For the production of ancient coinage, it was well-known that form follows function. In order to produce a legal coin, it was necessary to have the correct materials and strict controls for its standardized design and production. It is then that the legitimate authority (emperor, empire) approves the striking of a disk or lump of metal, of a certain purity and weight, to produce to official coin that can be used as legal tender. The authority certifies that the newly minted coin is the legal currency, at least within the area governed by that power.
Although the manufacture and production of ancient coinage involve simple tools, their fine quality, design, and extremely beautiful details speak otherwise. 
This presentation will focus on various points:
-Metals that have been used for the production of ancient coinage;
-The tools necessary to produce coinage;
-The stages of coinage production;
-The manufacturing techniques, casting, and striking commenting on the benefits of each and on defects that can help in their study;
-The different features and characteristics between Ptolemaic and Roman coinage.
Instructor: Almoatz-bellah Elshahawi

Originally Presented February 5, 2021




Let's Collect Half Cents

U.S. Half cents, which were made from 1793-1857, have a great advantage to collectors of being rare, interesting, and affordable at the same time. Yet, many collectors are unfamiliar with this fascinating series. Most of them were made during the administrations of Washington Adams, Jefferson, and Madison, so they have great historical interest, but you can get many of them in XF-AU (or even better!) for less than the price of a heavily circulated 1909-S VDB cent. This talk will discuss their beauty and artistry, how they were made, and how people collect them.
Instructor: Bill Eckberg

Originally Presented February 8, 2021




Lincoln: The Challenge

Who was Lincoln? This presentation discusses Lincoln as seen through his numismatic portraits over time – from original photographs to medals, coins, and paper currency – who was he and how has his image been used over the last 150 years?
Instructor: Doug Mudd

Originally presented February 10, 2021.




The Second Great Mortality; AKA: The Black Death, 1333-53 & Some of its Coinage

Join Rod Frechette's undertaking of the Second Great Mortality. His revelation on how this dark chaotic period has anything to do with this past year is no longer a mystery. You will be buried with graveside humor on a tour of medieval Eurasia as he shovels up dozens of the 300+ coins of this mortifying period. 20th Century pop culture is interred with the science, religious superstition, history, geography, and personalities of this grim time.
Instructor: Rod Frechette

Originally presented February 11, 2021

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Dutch Sieges of the 16th and 17th Centuries

The most prolific era of siege coin production was during the struggle for Dutch independence. The Eighty Years' War was a large-scale insurrection with political roots, economic implications, and deep religious fervor. The story of the events during this period in history can be told by the coins that were created by necessity under the strain of war. 
Originally presented February 16, 2021



The Short Snorter Project – Still Keeping the Memories Alive – Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII

Tom Sparks founded the Short Snorter Project to educate the general public about the short snorter tradition, the individuals, and the short snorter artifacts. His presentation incorporates his collection of artifacts and research put together over the last 15+ years which was recently published as a digital book on the Newman Numismatic Portal.
Instructor: Tom Sparks

Originally presented February 19, 2021




Cast Bronze Money from the Roman Republic and Central Italy

Rome was founded in 753 BC and started producing coins in about 300 BC. Cast bronze in several forms was used for money in Republican Rome and Central Italy before coins were struck from gold, silver, or bronze. This talk will cover some reasons for the use of money. Cast bronze in several forms will be shown: irregularly formed as rude, cast bars and other shapes, and finally cast bronze coins. Some of the important books on the subject will be discussed and shown.
Instructor: Gene McPherson

Originally presented February 22, 2021




More on Paper and Money Counterfeits and the History of Official Counterfeiting

In the first session on this subject, when time expired we were in the middle of a slide set showing how counterfeiters evade or replicate security features on banknotes. In this session, we will finish that discussion and move to the history of state-on-state counterfeiting – a practice dating back to the American Revolutionary War. If you missed the first session, you can watch it ahead of time here. Look for "Introduction to Paper Money Production and Counterfeit Detection." 
Instructor: Joseph E. Boling

Originally presented February 23, 2021




The Charonian Coin: A Toll to the Afterworld

A study on the tradition of coins used in the ancient world related to death experience.
This presentation is exploring the relevant customs in the different locations and eras of the ancient world. Cases of archaeological findings are presented, supported by rich photographic evidence.
Instructor: George Anastasopoulos

Originally presented February 25, 2021




Collecting and Investing in the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program

This course will provide a professional overview of collecting and investing in the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin program. Students will learn the history and specifics of the nine coins release by the U.S. Mint to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Whether you are a beginner, seasoned collector, or dealer, the knowledge gained from this class will serve you as you collect and invest in this limited Commemorative Coin Program.
Instructor: Del Mineard Jr. 

Originally presented March 1, 2021




Saint Gaudens Double Eagle Die Varieties Revisited

Students will get an in-depth look at Saint Gauden's Double Eagle die varieties, their rarity characteristics, recent market data, coverage in the numismatic press and next milestones for collectors.
Instructor: Ross Johnson

Originally presented March 16, 2021



Siege Notes: The Currency of War

Siege Currency is rare and historic. This talk will trace the history of siege currency and address the unique circumstances surrounding its issue. The collector will discover how circumstances resulted in coins being struck from planchets made by pasting prayer book pages together. We will also examine notes meticulously written by hand, notes printed on discarded pieces of clothing, and notes printed using a carved croquet mallet as an engraving plate.
Instructor: Lawrence Korchnak

Originally presented March 23, 2021





Virtus & Victoria: Coins Relating to the Severan War Against the Tribes of Caledonia

This talk discusses coins relating to the war conducted from A.D. 208–11 by the Roman emperor Septimius Severus against the tribal inhabitants of Caledonia. The intent here is not to put forth a comprehensive history of this war. It is to examine coins which illustrate the concepts of virtus and victoria within the context of this war, and which were issued contemporaneously with it. The Latin word virtus connotes qualities of manly excellence such as courage, character, strength, and valor. Military success was invariably credited to the emperor’s virtus. Virtus was sometimes personified as an armed woman. Yet especially in this era, virtus is often embodied in depictions of the emperor himself dominating a foe. The Romans personified the concept of victoria, or victory, as the winged goddess Victoria. Martial imagery such as bound captives, battlefield trophies, and piles of captured arms are frequently shown alongside Victoria as part of the same design. They are sometimes also shown in combination with figures representing Severus, Caracalla, and Geta, who in 210 had earned the title of Britannicus Maximus, or “the great victor of Britain.”
Instructor: Michael Kodysz

Originally presented March 24, 2021




Pricing Rare Coins In Today's World

There is more information available to collectors than ever before on rare coin pricing. Unfortunately, much of this information is confusing to use, and often contradictory. Learn what tools are best to use when deciding rare coin prices. I am Senior Editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins (Redbook). I will explain how we develop prices each year for the Redbook.
Instructor: Jeff Garrett

Originally presented March 29, 2021




Grading 101

Explore the philosophy behind learning how to grade. Review the characteristics of the four basic metals used in minting coins in the United States. Instruction will consist of a lecture, a PowerPoint presentation, and question and answer periods. ANA grading standards will be stressed. Gain the confidence needed to accurately assess potential coins for your collection.
Instructor: Rod Gillis Education Director, American Numismatic Association

Originally presented March 30, 2021




Beauty and the Banknote — The Feminine Touch

From nuns to queens; artists to scientists; writers to social and political reformers; philanthropists to national heroes and more, women have played a vital role in shaping world history. As a result, many have been honored by their respective countries with their portraits on currency. 

Come discover and learn about their exploits and contributions to history which lead to them being featured on paper money during International Women's Month in March.  

Instructor: Walt Ostromecki

Originally presented March 31, 2021




Damaged Goods

"A cleaned coin is a ruined coin" is the mantra that nearly every numismatist lives by. Indeed, you probably avoid coins that have been holed, bent, or used in ways they really weren't supposed to have been. Here, I will show you a selection of such coins -- and make the case that they are a genuinely important part of numismatics.
Instructor: Vic Agha

Originally presented April 2, 2021




Understanding Die States on 1794 US Large Cents

Most people have no trouble understanding die cracks, die breaks, and rim cuds on 1794 US Large Cents. But die sinking, swelling, and clashing present some difficulty. This seminar will use digital images to illustrate, explain, and clear up any of the confusion.
Instructor: Chuck Heck

Originally presented April 5, 2021




The State Coinages of the Confederation Era 1785-1788

An overview of the copper coinages authorized by Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Jersey between 1785 and 1788. Topics will include some history, numismatic references and methods of collecting.
Instructor: Ray Williams

Originally presented April 8, 2021




A Brief Overview of Hobo Nickels

An introduction to the history of Hobo Nickels including what they are and why they were made. I will also discuss both the old and the modern tools used to create these pieces of art. And, of course, I will answer the popular question, "Isn't that illegal?"
Instructor: Abigail Zechman

Originally presented April 9, 2021




Standardization and Quality Control of Ancient Athenian Coinage

A study on the coinage standardization, quality control, and identification of fakes in ancient Athens.
The presentation is exploring the Athenian Law on Silver Coinage and the material testing methodologies used at that time. Ancient inscriptions are presented supported by photographic evidence.
Instructor: George Anastasopoulos

Originally presented April 13, 2021




Coins of the 300: Numismatics of the Persian Wars

Inspired by the popular movie, 300, a fanciful retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae during the Persian Wars, this talk focuses on the coins of the lands along the route of the Persian army at the beginning of the 5th century BC.
Instructor: Doug Mudd

Originally presented April 14, 2021




The Shippingport Ferry Token

Next to the first commercial nuclear power station in the world is a small town that had a ferry. The town still stands and the power plant is still in operation; however, the ferry is gone. The story of the Shippingport Ferry is an interesting one inasmuch as it issued a single token and operated for over 100 years only to have succumbed to fate and the inevitable march of progress.
Instructor: Lawrence Korchnak

Originally presented April 19, 2021



The Lafayette Dollar: Big, Bold & Forgotten NCW eELA Icon

The Lafayette Dollar shares a rich history as part of the classic commemorative series. Unfortunately, the coin is often overlooked when compared to its brethren. What is the reason for this? The time period in which the coin was minted? The design? The subject matter it commemorates? Join a light-hearted discussion on one of America’s most forgotten coins. National Coin Week eLearning Series!
Instructor: Rod Gillis, ANA Education Director

Originally presented April 19, 2021




The Joys of Morgan Silver Dollars NCW eELA Icon

Many collectors are awestruck by Morgan silver dollars - their size, beauty, abundant affordable examples, and different ways to collect. Learn about the designer, the different mints that produced the coin, the hiatus from 1904 to 1921, and the GSA release of primarily Carson City dollars in the early 1970s. National Coin Week eLearning Series!
Instructor: George Bazarko, Morgan Enthusiast and ANA Life Member

Originally presented April 20, 2021




Big Challenges for a Big Dollar

Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of most bold and successful leaders in history. When a new dollar coin honoring him and the first moon landing was released in 1971 it was popular with collectors, but not without controversy. Learn the history of this iconic coin, the challenges it faced, and what to look for as a collector.

Instructor: Andy Oskam, Numismatic Author and Educator

Originally presented April 21, 2021




The Money in Your Pocket: Before and After the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 NCW eELA Icon

The Federal Reserve Act changed United States finance and currency forever. Explore the politics of central banking in the United States, and the policy arguments leading up to the Fed's founding in 1913. Contrast what currency someone might have had in their wallet before the Fed era, and how that wallet's contents would have changed after the Fed's founding. National Coin Week eLearning Series!
Instructor: Dr. Loren Gatch, Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Oklahoma, Board of Governors of the Society of Paper Money Collectors

Originally presented April 22, 2021




Politics, Ego and Tragedy NCW eELA Icon

Gaius Julius Caesar and Marcus Junius Brutus. Two larger-than-life characters who left indelible marks on history. Their numismatic legacy incorporates several of the most famous ancient Roman coins, creating a bold illustration of the circumstances of their tragic collision that resulted in their deaths. National Coin Week eLearning Series!
Instructor: Douglas Mudd, ANA Curator and Museum Director

Originally presented April 23, 2021.




National Coin Week and the ANA NCW eELA Icon

The ANA was founded 130 years ago, and has celebrated National Coin Week since 1924. Discover the history of the annual event and the ANA through objects in the collection and articles from The Numismatist. Take a tour of the ANA’s online educational resources, including virtual exhibits, videos and activities. National Coin Week eLearning Series!
Instructor: Andy Dickes, ANA Museum Specialist

Originally presented April 24, 2021.




Discovering Your Coin: How to Truly Learn About The Objects You're Collecting

As collectors of coins, tokens, medals, and paper money, we all love acquiring new pieces for our collection. But to properly appreciate what you're collecting, you need to learn about it. What is the story behind this object? How much has it sold for in the past? Who else collects this, and what can I learn from them? You will walk away from this talk with solid resources and the ability to discover just how amazing your collection really is!
Instructor: Kellen Hoard

Originally presented April 26, 2021.




Coins and Paper Money of the Mexican Revolución

This session will start with the end of an era, the ousting of Díaz in 1911 and the murdering of the Mexican President Madero in 1913. For two hours we will be reviewing coins and paper money of the Mexican Revolution from a seven year period, from 1913 to 1920. We will go over the main series of both, coins and paper money, while understanding the historical event that gave birth to this disparity of issues and how they were perceived by their citizens.
Instructor: Ricardo de Leon Tallavas

Originally presented April 27, 2021.

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Providencia - Cultural Landscape and Numismatic Heritage

Providencia is an island that served as a leprosarium for western Venezuela between 1831 and 1985. However, more than clinical history, it's a cultural landscape that meant the modification of a natural environment by a society forcibly installed on its territory, but that developed there its life and local culture, leaving a legacy reflected in buildings, stories and assets; that is the case of coins and banknotes intended solely for the use of leprosy patients. This research is based on the necessity to determine the role of Providencia as heritage of western Venezuela; it allowed to characterize the historical development, lifestyle, and restricted circulation money of the leprosarium, thereby strengthening its role as cultural heritage of Zulia state.
Instructor: Hussein Larreal

Originally presented April 30, 2021.




Handwritten Promises in The Republic of Texas

This presentation takes the audience into the very personal nature of early Texas obligations, offering a rare glimpse at handwritten promises signed by such notables as Moses Austin, Ben Milam, James W. Fannin, David G. Burnet, Three Legged Willie, Almeron Dickinson. James W. Robinson, and Capt. Jack Hays of the Texas Rangers.
This is the story of how this intricate network of handwritten promises, countersigned government issues, receipts, third party payments, legal documents and slave titles fit together to expand the human side of the financial story of those men and women who lived in and died for the Republic of Texas.
Instructor: Jim Bevill

Originally presented May 4, 2021.

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Documenting Your Collection: Motives and Methods for Keeping Records of Your Collection

Keeping detailed and accurate records is an important component of any coin collector’s hobby experience. Whether your collection is large or small, focused or eclectic, this presentation will get you motivated to make order out of chaos or consider alternative ways to document your collection that will keep you engaged. Reasons for getting organized and multiple methods for documenting your collection will be presented, enabling attendees to pick and choose the motives and systems that are right for them. Incorporating photos, choosing the right backup system, and tips for staying motivated to maintain those records once you get started will also be presented for your consideration.
Instructor: Tim Ferreira

Originally presented May 10, 2021.




Abraded Die Varieties

Abraded Die Varieties are fascinating, collectible but all-too-often overlooked die errors. Learn why and how they happen and see examples of popular and not-so-well known examples to complete your collection. Focus will mainly be on Buffalo Nickels, although other series will be discussed.
Instructor: David Smock

Originally presented May 13, 2021.




Off the Beaten Numismatic Path

The collection highlighted here was motivated by a desire to search for items that hardly anyone collects, are mostly not coins, are often eye-popping and mysterious, document history, and are a blast to show to friends. The unusual and exciting material you’ll see in this presentation comes from an ANA exhibit that was given a National Money Show Best of Show award and a World’s Fair of Money runner-up Howland Wood award. It also received the Rodger E. Hersey People’s Choice award. (If you can identify every item in the PowerPoint show before described, you are a numismatic whizz!)
Instructor: Sam Deep

Originally presented May 18, 2021.




Reading Roman Coins

Historical Narration: A summary about ancient currencies, types of models, inscriptions, mint Mark, methods of minting coins and examination of coins from different eras.
Instructor: Samira Slime

Originally presented May 21, 2021.




U.S. Half Cents; Designs, Dates, and Die Varieties

Half cents have long inspired numismatic writers. One quaintly called them, the “Little Half Sisters.” Why were half cents struck for circulation only intermittently between 1793 and 1857? In which years were they struck? How many different design types were there? Who designed them? Are there multiple die varieties for each year?
Instructor: Franklin Noel

Originally presented May 24, 2021.



Strategies to Dispose of Your Collection NCW (2)

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: Many numismatists do not know what to do with their collections before they enter the “Great Misty Veil of Life.” Often, a hobbyist’s spouse and/or children are not familiar, nor the least bit interested in, numismatics. If a collector dies without a specific strategy, then his family is left with a big mess. Should you sell your collection before passing? If not, how can you help your relatives liquidate your collection upon your demise?
Presenter: Rod Gillis

Originally presented May 24, 2021.



Is Anything Ever Really New? Coin & Currency Déjà Vu over Two Millennia NCW (2)

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: History tends to repeat itself. In cultures separated by years to millennia, intriguing situations involving coins and paper currency have recurred. These include fraudulent gold-plating of minor coinage, using imagery to bolster fiat currency, and recycling cannons and shells to make spending money. Coincidence or circumstance? Tune into this talk to decide for yourself.
Presenter: Hans H. Liu, M.D.

Originally presented May 25, 2021.




Proof Walking Liberty Half Dollars: One of the Most Underappreciated & Undervalued Series in Numismatics NCW (2)

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: Adolph A. Weinman’s half-dollar design is a collector favorite. Proof versions of these pieces aren’t often discussed, as major varieties are not widely recognized by the numismatic community. Their entire run was low, yet high-grade proofs are relatively affordable. This discussion will include specific die varieties, along with some toning issues evident on many specimens.
Presenter: Ralph F. Wetterhahn

Originally presented May 26, 2021.




Overstrikes: Politics, Economics & Damnatio Memoriae on Byzantine Coins NCW (2)

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: Byzantine emperors frequently overstruck the coins of their predecessors. In some instances, this was due to economic necessity, but in others, the move shows clear ideological implications— the destruction of the memory and image of previous rulers. This presentation will explore this fascinating and under studied medieval phenomenon.
Presenter: Alex Magnolia

Originally presented May 27, 2021.




Coins Melted to Manufacture War Material NCW (2)

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: Many collectors know that coinage metals have been used to manufacture war materials, but few are aware that such items also have been melted to make coins. Coins from five countries were melted to support the United States’ effort during World War II. This presentation will explore this wartime-era coinage.
Presenter: William Myers

Originally presented May 28, 2021




Colonial Currency: German East Africa NCW (2)

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: After the Berlin Conference of 1884-85, Germany established four colonies across Africa. The largest was German East Africa, founded by the German East Africa Company in 1885. This presentation discusses the money created for and used in the colony until the end of the German Empire in 1918.
Presenter: Doug Mudd

Originally presented June 1, 2021.




Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger and the Numismatic Legacy of His Tokens NCW (2)

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: In 1837 Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger petitioned Congress to use his “German Silver” alloy for coinage. He struck and circulated 1- and 3-cent pieces dated 1837 to bolster his case, but Congress declined. However, 20 years later, legislators “borrowed” his ideas when the Flying Eagle cent was introduced. Feuchtwanger can be considered the father of the small cent and pioneered the use of nickel in coinage.
Presenter: Brad Seidel

Originally presented June 2, 2021.




Oh, No It Ain’t! NCW (2)

MONEY TALKS PRESENTATION: Many people who aren’t coin collectors tend to think they’ve hit the jackpot when they find anything that looks out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case, and most of these purported “rare errors” turn out to be post-mint damaged coins. This presentation offers a fun and informative look at what constitutes a genuine U.S. Mint error and teaches how to distinguish these exceptional coins from near-worthless junk. Knowing the differences may potentially bring riches, but the main goal is to help attendees become better numismatists than they were before the presentation!
Presenter: Sam Gelberd

Originally presented June 3, 2021.



The Incredibly Diverse World of Confederate States Paper Money

What is Confederate Paper Money, and why is it so important to us? This webinar will cover this and all the basics of Confederate States Paper Money. You will embark on a journey in which you will acquire knowledge about the types of this currency and the people depicted on the notes. You will also learn what a PF variety is. Finally, you'll be instructed on how you can obtain these fascinating pieces of history that were issued from 1861-1864.
Presenter: Caleb Audette

Originally presented June 10, 2021.




Fundamental Grading Theory summer seminar icon ela

SUMMER SEMINAR PRESENTATION: Coin grading is very subjective and at times, complicated. Learn the difference between technical grading and marketing grading. Understand what a proof coin is and what it is not. Instructors Rod Gillis and Ken Bressett will discuss the language that is grading and set you on a path to learn how to grade coins suitable for your collection.
Presenters: Rod Gillis & Ken Bressett

Originally presented June 21, 2021.




Counterfeit US Gold Coins summer seminar icon ela

SUMMER SEMINAR PRESENTATION: US gold coins make most collectors very nervous. They have been heavily counterfeited and can be quite deceptive. This seminar will simplify the authentication process by teaching the diagnostics by major coin type or style and enabling allowing you to authenticate all the coins of each series regardless of date and mintmark. The seminar will include in-depth discussion of hundreds of images of both genuine and counterfeit coins. You should leave this seminar much more confident when buying US gold.
Presenters: Brian Silliman

Originally presented June 23, 2021




Chinese-Made Counterfeit Coins summer seminar icon ela

SUMMER SEMINAR PRESENTATION: This seminar will look at many of the Chinese-made counterfeit coins prevalent in the marketplace. Chinese-made counterfeits of both collector and circulating coinages is more prevalent than ever. While they have improved significantly since the 1970s, they are still fairly easy to detect when you know what to look for. In this course, the ever improving production methods used over the last few decades will be discussed which have led to the greatly improved examples we encounter now. We will review a wide range of fakes and diagnostics for authenticating them. We will also look at counterfeit certification holders, bullion, and discuss efforts to address the problem.
Presenters: Brian Silliman

Originally presented June 24, 2021.




Discovering Your Coin: How to Truly Learn about the Objects You are Collecting summer seminar icon ela

SUMMER SEMINAR PRESENTATION: As collectors of coins, tokens, medals, and paper money, we all love acquiring new pieces for our collection. But to properly appreciate what you're collecting, you need to learn about it. What is the story behind this object? How much has it sold for in the past? Who else collects this, and what can I learn from them? You will walk away from this talk with solid resources and the ability to discover just how amazing your collection really is! 
Presenter: Kellen Hoard

Originally presented June 25, 2021.




The Importance of Eye Appeal summer seminar icon ela

SUMMER SEMINAR PRESENTATION: The hardest thing for most collectors to understand is what great eye-appeal really means. This is truly subjective and what seems great to one person may seem average to another. If you are a serious collector you owe it to yourself to understand the subtleties of eye-appeal. The market's emphasis on quality now demands that you learn as much as possible about the series you collect. My class will explore this important issue so that you may become a more successful collector.
Presenter: Jeff Garrett

Originally presented June 28, 2021




Modern Minting Process summer seminar icon ela

SUMMER SEMINAR PRESENTATION: Explore the minting process and learn how each procedure can lead to the possible creation of collectible errors and varieties. Topics include identifications and description, the art of cherrypicking, and various types of damage that may be confused for errors. This will only be a short overview of the full version of the class held each year during our annual Summer Seminar. Please note that while the regular class fulfills the "Modern Minting Process/U.S. Minting Errors and Varieties" course requirement for the ANA Numismatic Diploma Program, this brief version of the class does not fulfill this requirement.
Presenter: Sam Gelberd

Originally presented June 29, 2021.

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Counterfeit Detection of Key Dates and Mintmarked U.S. Coins summer seminar icon ela

SUMMER SEMINAR PRESENTATION: This seminar will take you through many quick and easy to remember diagnostics for on the go authentication of many Key Date and Mintmarked US Coins that are commonly seen in the marketplace and often fool experienced collectors and dealers. Initially, many remembering these diagnostics is intimidating when it really shouldn't be. In this class, these tricky diagnostics will be presented so that they will be easier to remember and expensive key coins will be much less intimidating and much more accessible to you . Cents through dollars will be covered.
Presenter: Brian Silliman

Originally presented June 29, 2021.

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The Coinage of Roman Egypt: A Survey summer seminar icon ela

SUMMER SEMINAR PRESENTATION: When Octavian (later known as Augustus) defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 30 BC, he took possession of Egypt and isolated it and its economy from the rest of the Roman Empire. One of the results of this isolation was a coinage system that would combine three of the great cultures/civilizations of the ancient world: Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
This presentation will give an over view of Roman Egyptian (sometimes called Alexandrian, after the mint city) coinage, from Augustus to Diocletian, with a focus on the fascinating reverse types used on the drachm – the largest bronze denomination produced at Alexandria.
Presenter: Kerry Wetterstrom

Originally presented June 30, 2021.

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Romano-Companian Coins summer seminar icon ela

SUMMER SEMINAR PRESENTATION: By the middle of the fourth century B.C., Rome was becoming an increasingly prominent force with its Italian neighbors, but its local monetary system was quite primitive, with the most important medium of exchange consisting of cast bronze ingots that were traded by weight. In order to facilitate commerce with the cities in Magna Graecia, Rome needed to develop coins. These first Roman coins are of the fabric and style of Greek coins, and are some of the most beautiful of all Roman coins. During the third century B.C. these Romano-Campanian coins evolved from a trade currency to ultimately supplant the local cast bronzes and serve as the basis for the more mature Roman coinage that developed during the Second Punic War.
This presentation will survey the first century of Roman struck coins from the foedus aequum with Neapolis at the beginning if the Second Samnite War in 326 B.C. to the beginning of the Second Punic War in 225 B.C., and put these Romano-Campanian coins in context with the local aes rude and aes grave that were used contemporaneously in central Italy.
Presenter: Scott Rottinghaus

Originally presented July 1, 2021.

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Ancient Greek Coinage; An Overview of the World's First Coinage summer seminar icon ela

SUMMER SEMINAR PRESENTATION: This class is an in-depth introduction to the exciting world of Greek coinage – from its earliest beginnings until the final takeover of Egypt by the Roman Empire in 30 B.C. "Greek" coinage is one of the three independently invented foundations of money as we know it today and has heavily influenced our ideas of what money should look like, how it is made and how it is used. Topics discussed will include the basics of the Greek monetary system, its origins, how the coins were made and how they changed over time, as well as the vast array of cities, kingdoms and empires that produced these miniature masterpieces of art for over 600 years.
Presenter: Doug Mudd

Originally presented July 2, 2021.

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