Numismatic education at the 62nd Annual FUN Convention

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) School of Numismatics is offering a pair of educational courses held in conjunction with the 62nd Annual Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention.

The two courses—”Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins” and “Ancient Greek Coinage: An Overview of the World’s First Coins”—will be held Jan. 3-4. Tuition is $259 for ANA and FUN members. There’s a $20 early enrollment discount for anyone who registers for the two-day seminars by Nov. 30, and ANA Life Members receive an additional $40 off. Both seminars will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina on 1881 S.E. 17th St., in East Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The FUN Convention begins the following day at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on 1950 Eisenhower Blvd.


Sharpen your grading skills with instructors Rod Gillis and Sam Gelberd (ANA Education Director and ANA Numismatic Educator, respectively) for the ANA’s “Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins.”

Knowledge of coin grading not only makes you more confident on the bourse floor but also adds to your enjoyment of the hobby by helping take the worry out of numismatic purchases. Learn how U.S. coins should be graded according to the latest ANA and market standards. The seminar covers many topics and emphasizes the fundamental principles of grading circulated U.S. coins, including the history and evolution of grading standards, analysis of a coin’s focal points, technical and market grading, how to determine initial signs of wear and evaluating surface marks, strike, lustre and eye-appeal.


Collectors are also invited to journey back in numismatic history with Douglas Mudd, curator of the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum.

Begin with the invention of coinage in Lydia during the 7th century BCE and follow the development of Greek coinage until the end of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in the 1st century CE. Discover the origin of coins and learn how they were made and how their use spread throughout the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East. The major issuing authorities will be discussed along with collecting areas within the ancient Greek series, including references and additional information about these beautiful and fascinating pieces of history.


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