Recognize Your Hobby Heroes

Who was the special someone that introduced you to your favorite hobby? Is there someone who has done outstanding work in promoting the hobby? Do you know of a club, organization, or business that has done great things for collectors?

Each year, the American Numismatic Association bestows service awards to deserving individuals in recognition of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics. The ANA is now accepting nominations for 2017 service awards and Hall of Fame ("Modern Era" inductees, living or deceased, 1992 to present).

Nominate a worthy numismatist here, or download the nomination form. Nominations are due, in writing, Jan. 15, 2017 by 12 p.m. (MST).

For questions about the service awards, please contact Ann Rahn, ANA’s executive project manager, at or call (719) 482-9867.

The 1792 Half Disme


In July 1792, the first coins produced by the U.S. Mint – 1500 silver half dismes (five cents) – were struck at the request of President George Washington and under David Rittenhouse’s (the U.S. Mint's first director) supervision. They were created in the basement of a facility owned by sawmaker John Harper, close to where the first U.S. Mint building was being constructed. Engraver Robert Birch and painter Joseph Wright served as designers, with Jacob Perkins likely producing the dies. At least one copper pattern piece was also produced. Thomas Jefferson, then Secretary of State, recorded the receipt of the coins on behalf of Washington.

Summer Seminar Scholarships 


Full and partial scholarships are available to both youths and adults who wish to attend the ANA's highly acclaimed 2017 Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colo. Dates for the two one-week sessions are June 17-22 and June 24-29.


Full scholarships cover tuition for a one week-long class, accommodations in a Colorado College dormitory, meals and airfare; partial scholarships cover tuition only.


Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2017.

Support the ANA

Receive a limited-edition 125th anniversary medal when you donate to the ANA.

2016 marked the 125th anniversary of the ANA. It's been a whirlwind year focused on fostering interest in our hobby, adding more collectors to our ranks, and providing the learning opportunities that our members need and want.

There are several ways to support the ANA through donations, participating in non-profit support programs such as Amazon Smile and eBay Giving Works, and by donating numismatic objects or books to the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum and Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library.

Board Candidates Sought


Nominations will be accepted for the 2017 ANA Board of Governors election beginning Dec. 1.


The ANA is governed by a nine-member board that includes a president, vice president and seven governors-at-large. Because the two-year terms of the incumbents are expiring, all nine seats will be open. Those elected to fill these vacancies will be installed at the ANA’s 126th Anniversary Convention in Denver in August 2017.


Nomination forms can be downloaded here.

Legacy Honorees Announced

Join us for dinner and an intimate conversation with Rick Montgomery and Mark Salzberg, leaders of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), at the next Legacy Series event. The program will take place at the National Money Show in Orlando, Thursday, March 9, 2017 starting at 6 p.m. at the Orlando County Convention Center, located at 9400 Universal Blvd.

Don’t miss this opportunity to honor two of the hobby’s icons, while learning more about their challenges and crowning achievements.

Renew and Receive!

When you renew your ANA membership through Rare Coin Wholesalers, you'll receive a complimentary copy of the just-published 100 Greatest U.S. Coins.

This superbly illustrated book is like having your own personal guided tour of our nation's greatest coinage. The new 4th edition is an informative update to the earlier editions that were named Best Book by the influential Numismatic Literary Guild

Our Partners


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