Fundamental Grading Theory
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
When: June 21, 2021 | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM MDT
Counterfeit US Gold Coins
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
When: June 23, 2021 | 12-2:00 PM MDT
Chinese-Made Counterfeit Coins
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
When: June 24, 2021 | 12-2:00 PM MDT
Discovering Your Coin: How to Truly Learn about the Objects You are Collecting
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
When: June 25, 2021 | 4-5:00 PM MDT
The Importance of Eye Appeal
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
When: June 28, 2021 | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM MDT
Modern Minting Process
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
When: June 29, 2021 | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM MDT
The Coinage of Roman Egypt: A Survey
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
When: June 30, 2021 | 10-11:30 AM MDT
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
When: July 1, 2021 | 10-11:00 AM MDT
Ancient Greek Coinage; An Overview of the World's First Coinage
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
When: July 2, 2021 | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM MDT
The Currency of Colorado
This presentation is an introduction to the numismatics of Colorado from the earliest days to the present.
Presenter: Doug Mudd
When: July 27, 2021 | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM MDT
19th Century US National Bank Note Counterfeits plus Counterfeits of Chinese Paper Money Coming from China
This two-hour presentation will cover two topics. We will start with counterfeits of large-size national bank notes that were mostly circulated in the 19th century. When the Bureau of Engraving and Printing assumed the responsibility for printing national currency, many employees of the contract printers who had been doing this work no longer had jobs. Some turned their skills to creating notes on the QT; those are what we will examine. As bad notes were identified in circulation, these craftsmen modified the plates they were using so that notes of a different bank became their product. One can trace several generations of counterfeits to single original plates.
After the break, we will take up more modern products - notes of China from 1948 to today being pushed into Western markets from Chinese sources. The market for Chinese paper money has been overheated, but is still quite active; if you collect these series, you need to see this presentation.
As for all of my presentations, you will be best served if you watch the introductory session on printing technologies. Go to info.money.org/elearning-recorded-webinars and look for “Printing Technologies and Introduction to Counterfeit Detection.”
Presenter: Joseph E. Boling
When: July 28, 2021 | 5-7:00 PM MDT