Harry W. Bass, Jr. Gold Coin Exhibit Departs ANA Money Museum

Harry W. Bass, Jr. Gold Coin Exhibit Departs ANA Money Museum

Greatest U.S. Gold Coin Collection Ever Assembled to be Sold at Auction   The American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation announced...
National Coin Week: What's in Your Pocket Change?

National Coin Week: What’s in Your Pocket Change?

"Dynamic Designs, Artistic Masterpieces" is the theme of National Coin Week, April 17-23, 2022   Look closely at the change in your pocket or purse. You...
Money Talks ANA World's Fair of Money

Money Talks Speakers Wanted for ANA World’s Fair of Money

American Numismatic Association (ANA) members are encouraged to share their ideas and research with fellow hobbyists by delivering a Money Talks presentation at the...
ANA National Money Show

ANA National Money Show Attendance Surpasses 3,000

The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2022 National Money Show in Colorado Springs, Colorado, welcomed a total of 3,288 people to the three-day event, held...
Dispatches From a Week in Numismatics - Charles Morgan

Dispatches From a Week in Numismatics

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek .....   Hello, CoinWeek readers. As we wrap up the final days of winter, I thought I'd write a few words...

GreatCollections Official Auctioneer of American Numismatic Association

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has selected GreatCollections Coin Auctions of Irvine, California as the exclusive Official Auctioneer of the ANA. The new three-year...
Classical Numismatic Group Announced as Official Auction Partner for 2022 National Money Show

CNG Brings Bressett Collection to Auction at ANA Money Show

Classical Numismatic Group LLC (CNG) is offering the British and Ancient collections of legendary numismatist Kenneth Bressett in a series of Keystone Auctions set...

Price for American Numismatic Association Diploma Program to Increase

Members encouraged to take advantage of current price point   American Numismatic Association (ANA) members have until April 1 to take advantage of the current School...
Collector Exhibits at ANA Conventions Eligible to Receive Prizes

Collector Exhibits at ANA Conventions Eligible to Receive Prizes

One of the big draws of American Numismatic Association (ANA) conventions are the featured collector exhibits on display. The individual creativity in these displays...
Background of the Saint-Gaudens $20 Doube Eagle The Saint-Gaudens double eagle is one of the most famous of all American coin types. Its existence came only at the insistence of President Theodore Roosevelt, who sought for years to beautiful America’s humdrum coin designs. Saint-Gaudens’ involvement in the process was meant to be more far-reaching than it turned out to be. The artist set out to redesign every denomination of America’s circulating coinage but fell seriously ill before this plan could truly come to fruition. In fact, what we have in the form of the Saint Gaudens-designed $10 and $20 gold coins were actually only made possible due to the work of Saint Gaudens’ assistant Henry Hering. The Mint’s first strikings of this $20 design came in the form of two dozen Proofs, which were struck in March, each coin requiring nine impressions to realize the full detail of Saint-Gaudens’ high relief design. The Mint’s engraving department, led by Chief Engraver Charles Barber, was adamant that the high relief models were completely impractical for use in striking circulating coins. Barber is often slandered in numismatic circles as being entitled, hard to deal with, and unprofessional to his peers in the U.S. Mint engraving department and to outside artists. This could not be farther from the truth, and in the case of the double eagle design, he was absolutely correct! All double eagles struck in 1907 and most struck in 1908 lack the motto "In God We Trust" and are referred to as No Motto types. "With Motto" double eagles were struck from 1908 through 1933 when production of the coin was terminated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's executive orders recalling all privately owned gold. Design The obverse features a full-length image of Liberty, facing forward, with an olive branch in her extended left hand and a raised torch in her extended right hand. Draped in a long, flowing gown, her hair is swept to the left. Some describe her as striding forward; the foot of her left leg rests on a large rock (in front of which are oak leaves), difficult terrain through which to be walking. To Liberty's right, at the bottom of the coin, the sun is visible behind a depiction of the United States Capitol building. Rays from the sun extend upward from behind the Capitol and Liberty to about the level of Liberty's waist. At the top of the coin is the word LIBERTY, the torch separating I and B. Forty-six tiny six-pointed stars (48 stars from 1912 forward) are arrayed just inside the flat rim, forming a circle broken only at the bottom. The date, in 'Arabic' numerals, is at the right bottom, above the rock, and a monogram of the designer's initials ASG is below the date. With Motto Saints were minted in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco; D and S mintmarks are located above the date. The crest of the sun appears again on the reverse, at the bottom with rays extending upward nearly to the top of coin behind a majestic left-facing eagle, wings uplifted in flight. In an arc above the sun is IN GOD WE TRUST, the words separated by centered triangular dots. At the top is UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in a concentric arc next to the flat rim, with TWENTY DOLLARS just below in another arc. The words of both phrases are separated by centered triangular dots, and the text is also in front of the sun's rays. E PLURIBUS UNUM in raised letters, with 13 separating raised stars, is on the edge of the coin.  

Submissions Accepted for ANA Young Numismatist Literary Awards

Submissions for the American Numismatic Association's (ANA) annual Young Numismatist Literary Awards competition are being accepted through April 1. The awards were established to...
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Submissions Accepted for ANA Club Publications Competition

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is currently accepting submissions for the 2022 Barbara J. Gregory Outstanding Club Publications ANA competition. Awards will be presented...
ANA College Scholarships Available to Young Collectors

ANA College Scholarships Available to Young Collectors

Applications for the Gerome Walton Memorial College Scholarship provided by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) are being accepted through March 11. The scholarship fund...
Dynamic Designs, Artistic Masterpieces Chosen as National Coin Week Theme

Dynamic Designs, Artistic Masterpieces Chosen as National Coin Week Theme

"Dynamic Designs, Artistic Masterpieces"   Money has served as a canvas for some of history's most beautiful and popular visual masterpieces. Incredible artists have long been...
1933 Eagle, Baker-Manley Washington Medals at 2022 National Money Show

1933 Eagle, Baker-Manley Washington Medals at 2022 National Money Show

Historic gold coin will make rare public appearance, March 10-12   Described by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Money Museum as "one of the most coveted...
Learn Coin Grading Standards From Professionals at FUN Show

Grading & Counterfeit Seminars Offered by American Numismatic Association

In-Person Seminars Return to FUN, National Money Show & Summer Seminar   After offering numismatic learning programs exclusively online for the past two years due to...
Classical Numismatic Group Announced as Official Auction Partner for 2022 National Money Show

Classical Numismatic Group Announced as Official Auction Partner for 2022 National Money Show

Ken Bressett Collection of Roman Coinage to be Auctioned   The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is pleased to announce that Classical Numismatic Group, LLC (CNG) will...
Money Talks ANA World's Fair of Money

Money Talks Speakers Invited to Present at ANA 2022 National Money Show

American Numismatic Association (ANA) members are encouraged to share their ideas and research with fellow hobbyists by delivering a Money Talks presentation at the...
Recognize Fellow Collectors and Nominate Deserving Hobbyists for 2022 ANA Awards

Recognize Fellow Collectors and Nominate Deserving Hobbyists for 2022 ANA Awards

Deadline for Nominations is January 15   Each year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) presents awards to deserving individuals in recognition of outstanding dedication to numismatics....
American Numismatic Association College Scholarship Renamed

American Numismatic Association College Scholarship Renamed

On September 14, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Board of Governors voted unanimously to name the Association's annual higher education scholarship the Gerome Walton...
Learn Coin Grading Standards From Professionals at FUN Show

Learn Coin Grading Standards From Professionals at FUN Show

Serious coin collectors have an opportunity to learn from professionals during the 67th annual Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention, January 6-9, 2022. The American...
Book Now for 2022 National Money Show and Debut of "Medal in America" Exhibit

Book Now for 2022 National Money Show and Debut of “Medal in America” Exhibit

Collectors and dealers are encouraged to make hotel reservations now to take advantage of special discount room rates at the historic Broadmoor resort for...
Learn Coin Grading Standards From Professionals at January FUN Show

Learn Coin Grading Standards From Professionals at January FUN Show

Serious coin collectors have an opportunity to learn from professionals during the 67th annual Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention, January 6-9, 2022. The American...
ANA Recognizes Membership Boosters, Numismatic Author & Medallic Artist

ANA Recognizes Membership Boosters, Numismatic Author & Medallic Artist

At this year's World's Fair of Money, several hobby supporters were honored for encouraging coin enthusiasts to join the American Numismatic Association (ANA). The...
ANA Renames Farran Zerbe Memorial Award

ANA Renames Farran Zerbe Memorial Award

The Association's Board of Governors votes to remove Farran Zerbe's moniker from the organization's highest honor   During an open session meeting on January 19, 2021,...
ANA Invites Auction Houses to Submit Bids to Conduct Official Auction

ANA Invites Auction Houses to Submit Bids to Conduct Official Auction

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is inviting numismatic auction firms to submit bids for the opportunity to conduct one or more official auctions as...
American Numismatic Association (ANA)

Numismatic Leaders Receive Recognition From American Numismatic Association

Leaders in numismatics are essential for helping others to grow within the hobby. Whether that leadership is provided through teaching, mentoring, research, writing, or...
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Exceptional Numismatic Writers Receive ANA Awards

2021 Adult Numismatist Literary Award Winners The American Numismatic Association's (ANA) 2021 literary awards – recognizing articles published in the 2020 volume of its official...
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ANA Members Recognized for Accomplishments During World’s Fair of Money

Numismatics is the study and collection of coins, paper money, tokens, and medals, but at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) it is the people...
Important Notification for World's Fair of Money Attendees and Dealers Regarding COVID

Important Notification for World’s Fair of Money Attendees and Dealers Regarding COVID

By American Numismatic Association (ANA) ......   First, we wish to sincerely thank our members and member-dealers for helping to make the Chicago World's Fair of...
ANA Money Museum Receives Important Donation of George Washington Medals From Dwight Manley

ANA Money Museum Receives Important Donation of George Washington Medals From Dwight Manley

Benefactor's multi-million dollar exonumia donation includes over 800 medals from Historical Society of Pennsylvania's famous Baker Collection   More than 850 gold, silver, and bronze medals...