New Large-Format Book From ANA Reveals History Through American Coinage

Coin collectors and history buffs alike are sure to enjoy Past Tense, an entertaining, large-format book of author Rod Gillis’ colorful “Past Tense” monthly column, which appeared in The Numismatist magazine from July 2011 through March 2020. The book is available from the American Numismatic Association (ANA) for $21.95 USD, plus $4.50 for shipping and handling.

The beautifully rendered, 112-page softcover volume provides snapshots in time – beginning with Continental Currency in 1776 and concluding with the Westward Journey nickel in 2004. In addition to sharing obscure information about select American coinage, each page includes fascinating historical information from that year.

Past Tense is a wonderful example of how coins help illustrate history and how history provides context to coin collecting,” says Doug Mudd, curator of the American Numismatic Association’s Money Museum.

With a foreword by Kenneth E. Bressett, editor emeritus of A Guide Book of United States Coins (the ubiquitous “Red Book“), Past Tense presents Gillis’ columns chronologically by subject date and alphabetically by denomination. A coin index at the back of the book helps readers quickly find their favorite denomination.

Past Tense: History through the Lens of American Coinage – a perfect gift for collectors and history buffs alike – is available from the American Numismatic Association for $21.95 plus $4.50 postage and handling. To order, visit Questions should be directed to [email protected] or call (719) 482-9846.

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The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call (719) 632-2646 or visit


  1. No reply or answer about my comments regarding the prices of the 2021 Annual Sets that I posted several weeks ago. Prices of coins keep increasing using the pandemic as an excuse, but, this year the sets are going to have less coins (-4 quarters) and that isn’t related to the prices of the silver medal.


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