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How I Started Collecting

Any numismatist has a story to tell, whether it be how they began, why they collect or a story that occurred somewhere along the way. My story is about how I began collecting. As many children do, I had my small jar of coins that I had accumulated over time and for one reason or another found fascinating. They included half dollars, Sacagawea dollar coins, wheat pennies (half of which I likely lost before they could make it into my collection), foreign coins and any obscurities I found. Many of these coins I found by sorting through my dad's mountains of coffee cans of change in the garage. I would get paid about 10 cents per roll of coins I wrapped and I could keep any coins I liked. At the time it seemed like a fair agreement.
Written by Grant Shobar at 00:00

Visit the ANA booth at the Big Cool Science Festival this weekend

Learn about the science behind numismatics at The Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival is a free, fun filled day of hands-on science adventures. There will be live science demonstrations, tours and engaging activities.
Written by Lauren Springli at 00:00

It's time for the year of the horse

This year in the Chinese Zodiac calendar is the year of the horse. Those born in the years 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, etc. are born in the year of the horse. They are said to be energetic, active, master problem solvers, agile, forgiving and to have a sunny disposition. I was born in the year of the horse, 2002.
Written by Eric Niedzielski at 00:00
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Building a next generation of collectors and an ANA membership foundation is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Building a next generation of collectors and an ANA membership foundation is as easy as 1,2,3. Anyone can do it. Pictured is ANA President Walter Ostromecki giving a free 2014-S, Great Smokey Mountain National Park quarter on an information card to a young boy who attended the ANA Atlanta National Money Show on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Written by American Numismatic Association staff at 00:00

NGC Modifies CrossOver Policy to Include 70-Graded Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®), the world’s largest third-party coin grading and authentication service, has announced that it will now accept CrossOver submissions of coins graded MS 70, PF 70 and SP 70.
Written by Janell Armstrong at 00:00
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