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Gearing Up for Summer Seminar
By Bank Note Reporter
May 08, 2013

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This summer, paper money collectors will once again have an opportunity to expand their knowledge of numismatics with classes offered by the American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar. This year the ANA will celebrate its 45th Summer Seminar, from June 22 July 5.

Summer Seminar offers individuals an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of numismatics through a wide selection of numismatic courses, taught on the Colorado College campus in Colorado Springs, Co. With the campus located next to the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum and Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library, students have many opportunities to tour the museum or conduct research.

Brandon Ortega of the ANA provided the following run down of courses likely of interest to paper money collectors.

In “Detecting Counterfeit World Paper Money,” which runs from June 22-28, instructor Joe Boling leads students as they examine actual specimens using microscopes and the naked eye to distinguish good notes from bad.

“There is a lot of counterfeiting in the world these days,” Boling said. “There is counterfeit sold to collectors that is printed by just using desktop printers.”

Topics include the history of counterfeiting, printing techniques, security devices and their illegal replication, raised and altered notes, and entrepreneurial counterfeiting since the 19th century.

Students will have the opportunity to handle hundreds of examples of counterfeit notes, while examining genuine examples side by side. Special attention will be devoted to counterfeit notes that are created specifically to sell to collectors.

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In addition to week-long classes, Summer Seminar provides many other activities and learning opportunities. Mini-seminars present the chance for students to take evening classes in addition to their daytime seminars.

The mini-seminar, “Fractional Currency: The Notes and Stories Behind Them,” taught by currency collector David Stitley, runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 30-July 1. Students will focus on the Treasury Department’s five issues of Postage and Fractional Currency from 1862 to 1876. In addition, the class explores merchant scrip, stamps, postage envelopes and encased postage.

“Students should enroll in this class to learn about a relatively under-researched and under-collected but important niche of American currency,” Stitley said.

Another mini-seminar offered is “MPC Boot camp.” This course is instructed by Fred Schwan, co-author of World War II Military Currency. Students are to report June 24-25 from 1830 to 2130 hours military time. His course will include basic and advanced study of military payments.

For questions or to enroll, contact ANA Education Project Manager Susan McMillan at or call 719-482-9850. To see the Summer Seminar course catalog, go to

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