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ANA Summer Seminar the Place to Be in Late June!
July 07, 2008

So some may be saying: Why has not George Posted last week?

The simple answer is that I was attending the second week of the American Numismatic Association's Summer Seminar program at the facilities of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, the site of the ANA HQ and Museum.

The program is set up as a "Coin Camp" This year was its 40th Anniversary, and the founders - Ed Rochette and Adna Wilde were both on hand to speak with participants. In addition, ANA's new executive director, Larry Shepherd as well as several current and past officers were also on hand.

Classes are offered in one-week sessions. In each week, there may be as many as 12 classes on various topices from grading, authentication and photography, to specialty areas such as Early American Coppers, Coins of Mexico and World Paper Money.

The sessions run 9-4 with a break for lunch. After dinner, a selection of several two-evening long, six-hour long "mini seminars" are offered on additional topics. Finally, each evening, two 90-minute "bull sessions" are available.

Several highlights of each week include a duplicate book sale from the library (which raised over $6,000 for the two weeks) and a donation auction for YN scholarships (netting a two week total of over $35,000.)

It was a great time, and I would say that everyone would benefit from attendance.


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About the Author
George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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