Editor's note: The following post is part of CoinWorld.com's
'Collecting Basics' series, which provides novice readers with an
introduction into the numismatic hobby.
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.”
The ANA helps all people discover and explore the world of money
through its vast array of programs including its education and
outreach, museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars.
As of September 2014, the ANA has 25,500 members.
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 is the ability to submit coins
to Numismatic Guaranty Corp. and paper currency to Paper Money
Guaranty for grading, along with 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 coin 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
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