[Frequently Asked Questions]

Below you will find links to subject areas containing answers to many commonly asked numismatic questions that we receive on a regular basis. If you have a question that does not appear in one of the subject areas below or for more information about the American Numismatic Association, please contact us at ana@money.org or call 1-800-367-9723. Our museum and library staff will be happy to assist you as you discover and explore the world of money.

Depending upon the extent of the research necessary to answer individual questions, a research fee may be required. If a fee is required, our staff will provide you with a cost estimate before conducting research on your behalf.




I would like to collect coins. Where do I begin?

The most important thing to remember is that coin (or paper money, medal, token) collecting is a hobby. As a hobby, it must be enjoyable or you will lose interest. There are many ways in which to assemble a collection. If you are interested in collecting United States coins, the place to start may be the coins you have in your pocket. It is a good practice to always check your change. Once you have decided what you want to collect, you should next consider ways to be a more informed collector. Education is the key to getting the most enjoyment from the hobby. You should consider joining a local club and becoming a member of the ANA. Find out the ways that an  ANA Membership will help you get the most out of your collection.

Find more questions like this in the General Coin & Money Questions section