What purpose does the American Numismatic Association serve?: Breaking down the basics of coin collecting

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By , Coin World
Published : 06/30/14
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The American Numismatic Association, or ANA for short, is a nonprofit educational organization based in Colorado Springs, Colo., that, according to its website, is “dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect money and related items.”

"With nearly 28,000 members,” the description continues, "the Association serves the academic community, collectors and the general public with an interest in numismatics.”

The organization was founded in 1891. It has since become "the largest nonprofit numismatic organization of its kind in the world,” the ANA’s history page reads.

Among the benefits of ANA membership are the ability to submit coins to Numismatic Guaranty Corp. and paper money to Paper Money Guaranty for grading, access to the organization’s dealer directory and free admission to ANA shows. 

The ANA operates the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum at the Colorado Springs headquarters, where the annual Summer Seminar takes place each June and July. 

"Today, ANA headquarters houses the largest circulating numismatic library in the world,” the history page reads. "Books, educational slide programs and instructional videotapes are loaned to members without charge other than postage and insurance. Also on the premises is a museum that includes extensive and ever-growing collections of coins, medals, tokens and paper money. Members may study the items on display and, by prearrangement, can use other museum materials for research purposes."

Each summer the ANA  puts on the World’s Fair of Money show. 

Other annual ANA initiatives are National Coin Week, the ANA Road Show and the National Money Show.

The ANA publishes a monthly magazine called The Numismatist.

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