The ANA’s annual Summer Seminar is a fantastic week long event dedicated solely to educating numismatists of all ages and all skill levels. Their course catalog is comprehensive, covering a vast area of numismatics, and the chance to meet and rub elbows with some of the best in the business is worth the trip alone. This year marked my second journey to Colorado Springs, Colorado for the Summer Seminar and this week was by far my favorite yet! I can tell you now I’ll be back each year for the foreseeable future.
I recently attended the ANA’s Summer Seminar for the second time, taking Intermediate Coin Grading (grading 2) this time. I brought along my trusty iPad, and because I type at a nearly inhuman speed I took some pretty extensive notes that I thought I might share in the hopes of helping others. This class was taught by two current coin graders, one employed by PCGS and the other NGC — you just can’t ask for better instructors. Steven Feltner (PCGS guy) and John Schuch II (NGC guy) were great, and I wrote down nearly everything they said whether it was new to me or not.