Registration for the 2019 Summer Seminar is open!
Sign up early for discounts and a guaranteed spot
The two one-week sessions will be held June 15-27 in Colorado Springs on the campus of Colorado College (adjacent to the ANA).
ANA members who register by March 29 will save $50 per session on the cost of tuition; life members who register will save an additional $25 per session. Click here to register.
What to Expect
At Summer Seminar, students can hone their numismatic photography and publishing skills, sharpen their grading and counterfeit-detection abilities, study ancient coinage, carve coins, and much more. Classes consist of small groups where participation is encouraged and engaging discussion is common. Participants learn from instructors who are recognized leaders in their fields, as well as from the experiences of fellow students who range in age from 13 to 100. Students can choose from nearly two dozen technical courses, specialized interests series and mini-seminars, including:
The Art of Engraving | Session 1 (June 15-20)
This course offers instruction and hands-on exploration of both the sculpting and hand-engraving processes traditionally used to create medals and coins.
This is a two-year program, with students returning in 2020 to complete the course. The class is underwritten by the Gilroy and Lillian P. Roberts Foundation in honor of Gilroy Roberts, the ninth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.
Only six participants will be selected to receive the scholarship to attend this course. Scholarship applications are due by March 15.
- Instructor: Laura Stocklin
Creating a Winning Numismatic Exhibit | Session 1 (June 15-20)
One of the most rewarding aspects of coin collecting is sharing knowledge with others through a numismatic exhibit. Students will go through the entire process of creating their own display, from brainstorming ideas, writing text and selecting appropriate materials to designing a balanced layout and pulling it all together. Also included will be tips for packing an exhibit for transportation, and exhibit rules and judging. Participants are encouraged to improve an already existing display or create a new one before attending this course. A laptop computer and ideas for new exhibits also are recommended.
- Instructor: Lawrence Sekulich
Secrets of the Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents | Session 1 (June 15-20)
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. Students are encouraged to bring their own examples to augment those shown by the instructor.
- Instructor: Richard Snow
Introduction to Numismatic Digital Photography | Session 1 (June 15-20)
Students will learn how to take great photographs of the items in their collections. The instructors will describe camera and computer requirements, provide hands-on guidance in basic and intermediate photography techniques, and review editing software applications. Although not required, students are encouraged to bring their own macro-capable digital cameras and high-speed laptop computers.
- Instructors: Thomas Mulvaney, Clark Fogg and David Heinrich
Digital Numismatic Photography for Collectors | Session 2 (June 22-27)
This class is designed for intermediate photographers who want to manage their digital coin collection, sell coins online, conduct research or perform diagnostic inspection. Learn how to organize a collection for selling or theft recovery, and create glamour images for publication or Internet bragging rights. Discover proper image capture and handling methods for premium efficiency. Students are encouraged to bring a DSLR camera with a macro lens, a laptop with Photoshop® or Photoshop Elements®, and several items from their collections to photograph.
- Instructors: Robert Kelley, Douglas Mudd and David Heinrich
Indian Peace Medals | Session 2 (June 22-27)
Learn about Indian Peace medals as numismatic objects, ethnographic artifacts, representations of a negotiated military treaty, and symbols of power and prestige for their original Native American owners. Using the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s Crane Collection, students will examine specimens of French, British, Canadian and American Peace medals, including a daylong visit to the Denver Museum. A final research project allows students to contribute to constructing a census of known examples.
- Instructors: Dr. Steve Nash and Dr. Lawrence J. Lee
Detection of Counterfeit & Altered Coins | Session 1 & 2 (June 15-20, 22-27)
Learn the often-subtle differences between genuine, counterfeit and altered coins while applying your newly acquired skills using the ANA’s counterfeit detection set of more than 400 coins, which includes United States, world, ancient and colonial specimens. Students will handle “raw” genuine and spurious coins under instructor supervision. Topics will include counterfeit coin production; types of counterfeit dies and castings; date and mintmark alterations; specific gravity testing and the use of microscopes.
- Instructors (Session 1): Brian Silliman and Jim Robinson
- Instructors (Session 2): Brian Silliman and H. Robert Campbell
Pikes Peak Ascent on the Pikes Peak Highway | June 16 & 24 | $35
Take a ride up the scenic Pikes Peak Highway to the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak–America’s Mountain! You’ll experience 360 degrees of breathtaking views and, if it’s a clear day, you’ll even catch a glimpse of downtown Denver’s skyscrapers. The Bottomless Pit, a dramatic drop-off to the north, and the Continental Divide to the west can be seen from the summit.
The bus leaves at 4:15 p.m. on June 16 and 24, and boxed dinners will be provided. Attendees will arrive back at Colorado College by 8:30 p.m. Note: Participants are encouraged to wear warm clothes, including a heavy jacket, as the summit is cold and the weather is unpredictable. This tour is not recommended for students with heart or respiratory problems.
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine | June 21 | $45
Go on a gold-mining adventure! Descend 1,000 feet into America’s only vertical-shaft gold-mine tour. Experience the Old West as it was for gold miners at “The World’s Greatest Gold Camp” in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Boxed lunches will be provided. The bus departs at 8:30 a.m. on June 21 and returns to Colorado College by 1 p.m. Note: This tour is not recommended for persons who have heart or respiratory problems.
Brewery Tour of Colorado Springs | June 17 | $65
Enjoy an evening out treating yourself to the best craft beer in town! Join Rocky Mountain Ride as they charter you to three local breweries. You’ll see firsthand how each brewery creates its signature beers and tour their behind-the-scenes facilities guided by a knowledgeable professional. The price includes a half-pint beer at each location and free swag along the way. Boxed dinners will be provided. The bus departs at 4:15 p.m. on June 17 and returns to Colorado College at approximately 10 p.m. Note: You must be 21 or older and have a valid ID to join us on this tour.
YN Scholarship Benefit Auction
Show your support by participating in one of the two annual YN auctions. Socialize with fellow numismatists, bid on interesting items, and contribute to education—all at the same time. Young Numismatists, who organize the entire event, rely on the generosity of members to donate items. All proceeds directly benefit the YN Summer Seminar Scholarship Fund.
The YN Benefit Auction will take place on June 18 & 25 at 7 p.m.
Annual Library Book Sale
Students are invited to peruse a surplus of books, periodicals and auction catalogs that are available for sale at discounted prices. Books are available on a variety of numismatic subjects including world and U.S. coins, paper money, tokens, medals and more. All proceeds benefit the Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library.
The book sales take place June 16 & 23 from 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.; June 17 & 24 from 12-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.; and June 15 & 22 from 7-9 p.m.
Other ANA Seminars
Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins
This seminar covers many topics and emphasizes the fundamental principles of grading circulated U.S. coins, including the history and evolution of grading standards, analysis of a coin’s focal points, technical and market grading, how to determine initial signs of wear and evaluating surface marks, strike, luster, and eye appeal.
- Instructors: Rod Gillis and Bill Fivaz
- Date & Time: April 10-11; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Cost: $259
- Location: Dalton Convention Center, Georgia
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