This summer, I had the opportunity to attend the ANA Summer
Seminar in Colorado Springs for the second time on a YN
Scholarship. There were a lot of different things that made
this year's Summer Seminar really amazing. From the new
classes that the ANA added this year to the YN Auction and many
more, all of it made the experience of attending Summer Seminar
again awesome and in this article, I want to tell you a bit about
my trip as well as a bit on Summer Seminar.
The journey to Colorado Spring began early in the morning on
Friday, June 29. Flying from Halifax, via Chicago O'Hare into
Colorado Springs, I got there in the late afternoon. Once I
arrived, I met up with a representative from the ANA, Daniel "Tiny"
Cross, and another YN before going to the dorms on a short shuttle
ride. After unpacking in my room and meeting my roommate, who
happened to have been there last year, we headed off for an
off-campus dinner at HuHot Mongolian Grill, where we met the old
and new friends that we would be living with for the next week and
have the ground rules laid out for our behaviour while at the
Summer Seminar. We had the opportunity to explore the
immediate area around the dorms, getting to visit Hallenbeck's Coin
Gallery, the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum as well as attend the
Colorado Springs Coin Show.
During the next few days, I got to take part in one of the many
classes at Summer Seminar. This year, I took the "Creating a
Winning Numismatic Exhibit" course taught by award winning
exhibitor and former Radford Sterns Award winner Lawrence
"Larry" Sekulich. All throughout this class, we took a look at
everything it takes to create a winning exhibit. Everyone in
the class were veteran exhibitors, which meant that we would be
able to learn as much from each other as well as from Mr.
Sekulich. In the end, we could all say that we were more
confident exhibitors and it gave us the tools to succeed in future
On Wednesday night, my favourite part of the week took place.
The Young Numismatist Scholarship Auction, which raises money to
send young collectors from around the United States and Canada back
to Colorado Springs year after year. This event is even tough
to describe because of how much fun it is. All through the
week, the Young Numismatists attending the Summer Seminar take
donations for the lots, make a catalogue of all the lots and run
everything on auction night. There is not many rules on what
should happen but there is one. As Sonny Henry, our
auctioneer always says, "Bid High, Bid Often". During our
auction, the highlight of it was a Roman Empire gold coin that went
for $11,250. We ended up raising a total of $30,207.50,
topping the total set by the Session 1 auction.
The experience of attending Summer Seminar once was awesome.
Getting to go again made it even more special. Whether it was
the people that you would meet, the things you would learn or even
just being in Colorado Springs, the experience of attending Summer
Seminar was very rewarding for me. I would encourage any
young person that has an interest in numismatics and wants to
become more knowledgeable in a certain field of numismatics to
apply for the seminar. Next years session's go from June
22nd to the 28th for Session 1 and June
29th to July 5th for session 2.