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ANA Summer Seminar, Put it on Your Hobby Schedule!
July 26, 2010

Earlier this month I spent two weeks as an instructor at the ANA's Summer Seminar held on the grounds of Colorado College right next to ANA Museum and HQ in Colorado Springs.

This was my sixth appearance there. First three as an instructor with Emmett McDonald in a class on an overview of World Coins 1600-present. Twice as a participant in the Gilroy Roberts Art of Engraving class and for the past two years as an Instructor with the Badger Mint road show mini-minting demonstration.

Each time is different, and each time It is rewarding to see how folks react to new and dirrerent hobby questions and issues which are brought before them.

This year ANA president Clifford Mishler was in attendance and spoke before both weeks of Seminar participants on how spending just $100 or so on one's local, state, regional, national and specialized club dues would make the whole hobby stronger.

I agree with that philosphy. Having grown up in the hobby in the 1970s when most shows were club run and had a heavy bend toward educational programs and exhibits in addition to a bouse rather than the predominant commercial ventures of today where many shows do not even have educational exhibits. I am a joiner, and while in my 20's I became a life member of some groups such as the ANA, GSNA and AVA, memberships I enjoyed then and still enjoy today.

So, do remember to join, and be active in your local clubs!





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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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