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05 Dec 2014

Membership Benefits

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What benefits would intrigue you toeither join theANA or stay a member of the ANA? Do all the benefits need to be numismatically based? Would benefits determine how you share the ANA or the hobby of numismatics with otherpeople?

How can we get younger people involved, how can we aquire more women in the hobby, or different races, or even different leveledincome earners? How can we make this something that almost anybody can enjoy and be apart of?



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user_9894

Level 4

My interest has been in coins ever since I was a teen. It gets better as time goes by.

Dollar Guy

Level 5

I think my ANA membership was more a paper membership until i joined a coin club and then from there under their active education program and very friendly members, I started attending all the activities. Once they found me interested they asked me to involve myself in their activities in a more than participatory member. After that cam a trip to the summer seminar and there was the hook and barb I was into the whole thing. Now several summers later I have experienced a lot of learning and thirst for more. I look forwad to the next activity. :-)

Isaiah1801

Level 4

I think we have enough membership benefits, as I only had to pay $4 for my first year. Now, I have rethought it and yes, we do need more benefits to get new members

Cassie

Level 4

Isaiah 1801, what would you recommend?

The friends you make here are worth every penny you spent on this membership

Cassie

Level 4

That is wonderful to know JordanNusmimatics! Thank you for sharing.

Mr. Wheatie

Level 5

the benefits I find most useful are listed in order: 1) the library 2) discount to coinworld 3) the coin wizard 4) direct submission of coins to NGC I have been collecting for over 18 years now and have just recently joined the ANA, so I cannot say that any of these benefits would ever sway me one way or the other. I lived without them for 18 years and could do so again. Don't get me wrong, I very much enjoy the being part of the ANA and I plan on continuing my membership. What I usually do is ask sales clerks if they have any old pennies or half dollars or the newest quarters etc. etc. etc. and casually strike up a conversation. if they do not have anything in the till I usually kid them about greedily taking the old coins for their own collection. sometimes they will tell me a little about their collection or they tell me that money is all the same to them and that they will spend it if it has monetary value of any kind. With this method I have helped and young gentleman (16-18 year old) tell me he wanted to start a collection of world coins. the next time I was in the store I brought in a Canadian Looney and twooney and gave them to him to start his collection. since then he has acquired more world coins and is always excited to show me the newest additions to his collection. Growing up I would have been considered lower income (and probably still am), and what I have done to grow my collection over the years is simply sort through thousands of coin rolls. I have only ever had to purchase maybe a dozen or so pennies for my Lincoln cent collection and am currently missing the 1909-S V.D.B. and the 1922 no D. I have built and entire collection of Jefferson nickels, Roosevelt dimes Washington quarters Kennedy halfs and a few other sets in the same manner as the Lincoln set. When I make a coin purchase I make sure its a coin I really really want because I have limited resources for my hobby. Personally I don't think income has much to do with coin collecting unless you want to put together a Seated Liberty dollar collection by date and mintmark or if your just plain poor and don't have money to put food in your kids mouths. I feel that its more about finding people who are at least interested in money of some sort and talking to them. Give your last months coin magazines to someone who collects or to someone who's grandpa left them their collection and they want to know more about it..... offer to assist them in determining grades and values if they are truly clueless and don't mind you helping them. Once someone has become interested, introduce them to the ANA! Sorry its probably way more than anyone wanted to read...... but that's my two cents worth which is probably worthless. But hey, it works for me.

CMCC

Level 5

I definitely agree with you Mr. Wheatie, I like how you helped that one person, good job!

Cassie

Level 4

I read every word... I find this in what you wrote ( I may be wrong, but I still truly appricate your input Mr. Wheatie) YES, "material like" benefits are measurable, helpful, and alluring.. BUT ultimately taking the TIME to truly help and educate some one is the best benefit the ANA has? Makes sense, I work at the front desk and when I really take time and go out of my way, or when I remember the names of people that come in, or when I listen and try to direct them even if it has nothing to do with our hobby.....I get loads of appreciation and thank you's. I do not always have all the coin answers, but always willing to give the time.

Cassie

Level 4

I want to thank each of you for sharing your ideas! I think it is improtant to never stop thinking, so please keep the ideas coming! These will be passed along!

Kepi

Level 6

At work I was talking "coinage" with some younger people (18-22) and was delighted to hear that several have coin collections! One young man inherited his from his Grandfather. I think word of mouth is a great idea and I will be sending this kids to the ANA website!

Longstrider

Level 6

That's a tough one. I think posting this question is a good way to get some new ideas. Also the new website is helping. Word of mouth is always great. Spread the word people!

LNCS

Level 5

This is a noble mission. Younger people just do not find this type of thing interesting. And then they get older, and some get the bug.

EXOJUNKIE

Level 4

Here's another: Checking out books from the ANA Library through the mail is an ancient way to do business. I hope to see the day when many of the more popular library holdings are digitized for access to all ANA members via their login.

EXOJUNKIE

Level 4

Here's one idea: While I really appreciate direct submission privileges to NGC, I would like to see that expanded to PCGS as well and even special TPG discounts for ANA Life Members.

Isaiah1801

Level 4

PCGS isn't run by the ANA though

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