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In our efforts to foster the study of numismatics and the hobby of collecting coins, the American Numismatic Association offers a wide variety of resources and tools to help hobbyists of all levels. Explore the sections below for more information and discover the fascinating world of money!


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Collector Resources

girl looking at coins Getting Started

Whether you are interested in modern U.S. coins, ancient and medieval coinage, paper money or tokens and medals, the ANA wants to help you get started in the hobby.

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coin collecting basics blog post image Coin Collecting Basics

Find valuable tips and rules of thumb for coin collectors, plus helpful guidelines for purchasing coins online.

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10 rules of coin collecting 10 Rules of Coin Collecting

There are a number of rules that all coin collectors should remember every time they make a purchase. Here are ten that I feel are especially important.

READ THE RULES
Young Coin Collector Young Collector Resources

Earn free coins, learn about numismatics, and earn "funny money" you can use to bid on real coins and paper money in exclusive monthly auctions.

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ana elearning academy logo ANA eLearning Academy

Enjoy online courses and lectures from fellow collectors, ANA members and experienced numismatists. FRE and open to the public. Register now—space is limited!

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1804 dollar Money Museum Online Collection

Search the Money Museum's extensive database and online catalog of collections and images.

EXPLORE COLLECTION
coin dealer directory on tablet Find A Dealer

Explore our searchable database to find ANA Member Coin Dealers near you. Locate dealers by numismatic specialty, location and more.

FIND A DEALER
coin club directory homepage box Find a Coin Club

Search the ANA Member Club Directory by name, specialty or location and learn how to join. Share your love for the hobby with local, regional and national clubs!

FIND YOUR CLUB
library homepage box Numismatic Lending Library

ANA members can conveniently access the world's largest numismatic lending library, and its more than 128,000 books, auction catalogs, periodicals, videos and DVDs.

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treasures in your pocket How to Find Coins in Spare Change

Download the ANA's FREE eBook, Treasures in Your Pocket, and learn how to find collectible coins in your pocket change or coin jar!

FIND YOUR TREASURE
ana coin press logo Official ANA Blog

Numismatic news and stories, coin collecting tips, and more. ANA Coin Press is the official blog of the American Numismatic Association.

READ BLOG
Commemorative-banner-1080x1080 Classic Commemorative Coins

The ANA's Classic Commemorative Coins online resource highlights the U.S. Mint's early silver commemoratives (1892-1954). 

EXPLORE
1880 morgan dollar obverse Morgan Dollar Grading Set

Online Morgan Dollar grading set containing definitions and high-resolution images representative of the ANA Grading Standards.

OPEN GRADING SET
ana money.org website on screen tablet Links to Numismatic Websites

Explore this list of valuable and trustworthy numismatic websites sure to enhance your knowledge of coin collecting and enrich your enjoyment of the hobby.

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Collectible coins on a desk Coin Label Inserts

Download and print these handy inserts for labeling your coin's date; condition; denomination and country of origin.

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man at laptop with a.n.a. grading standards book Collection / Inventory Spreadsheet

Download our inventory spreadsheet and keep track of your collection! 

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past tense square 1080x1080 Past Tense

Coin collectors and history buffs alike are sure to love this entertaining, large-format book. Examine history through the lens of American Coinage!

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numismatic faqs Frequently Asked Questions

Find links to subject areas containing answers to many commonly asked numismatic questions.

FIND ANSWERS
red book and a.n.a. grading standards book Numismatic Reference List

Explore this comprehensive collection of numismatic reference materials compiled by Brandon Kelley of Anaconda Rare Coins and members of the Collector's Universe (PCGS) forums.

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man looking at coin, sitting in front of keyboard Research Tools from NGC

Explore NGC's® collection of useful research tools designed to help the numismatic community become more informed collectors.

ACCESS RESEARCH TOOLS


Consumer Protection

consumer awareness resources Consumer Awareness Resources (C.A.R.E.)

The ANA's C.A.R.E. program was established to help make the industry safe for collectors and investors. Find links to valuable resources here.

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u.s. bullion gold Buying & Selling Bullion Coins

The ANA urges all collectors to view and follow these tips before buying or selling gold or silver bullion coins.

SEE TIPS
numismatic estate guide Numismatic Estate Guide

The ANA's "Managing and Settling a Numismatic Estate" shares practical tips for creating an estate plan; caring for a collection; inventorying the items and assessing value; and finding buyers.

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counterfeit detection graphic Counterfeit Detection

Counterfeit Detection Volumes I & II: Reprints from The Numismatist contain significant articles on counterfeit detection that appeared in the magazine from 1977 through May, 1988.

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man examining coin with loupe with n.g.c. logo NGC Counterfeit Detection

To help collectors and dealers identify counterfeits, NGC has prepared lists of the most commonly counterfeited coins with diagnostic information and images from their extensive database.

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online coin auction tips Online Coin Auction Tips

Using online auction venues can be a fun and rewarding experience for a collector looking to expand his or her coin collection. Here are a few tips that will hopefully aid in providing for a positive online buying experience.

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Coin Collecting Videos and Podcasts

coin collecting videos Coin Collecting Videos

These short (3 to 5 minutes) videos are designed to help you become a smarter, more informed collector.

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coin collecting videos ANA YouTube Channel

The nation's largest organization for coin and paper money collectors presents advice from its staff and respected experts. Watch and become a smarter collector.

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money museum masterpice series Money Museum Masterpiece

The Money Museum Masterpiece Series includes brief (3-5 minute) videos explaining the history and significance of featured numismatic items.

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ANA eLearning recorded webinars Recorded Webinars

Expand your numismatic knowledge with these recorded webinars led by numismatic professionals and fellow hobbyists.

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two bits podcast logo with branding. Two Bits Podcast

Enjoy Two Bits, the American Numismatic Association’s podcast about the wonderful world of coins and currency.

LISTEN NOW
old stereo Money Talks Radio Shows

Listen to some of our favorite Money Talks broadcasts in our digital archive.

EXPLORE THE ARCHIVE
money talks logo drop shadow Money Talks Video Archive

Money Talks provide members a forum in which to share their views and research with fellow hobbyists. 

WATCH LECTURES
legacy series graphic ANA Legacy Series

The Legacy Series acquaints collectors with the legends, heroes and icons of numismatics; celebrating their lives and contributions.

WATCH VIDEOS


More Great Resources

gold swirl pattern with a woman's head silhouette The Grading Game

Grading is a learned talent that requires the proper tools, the knowledge of the particular series, and lots and lots of practice. Try out our Grading Game and hone your skills!

PLAY GAME
numismatic crystal ball Numismatic Quizzes

Put your numismatic knowledge to the test with quizzes including: Pattern Coins, American Patriots, A Look at Lincoln, Set Sail with Columbus, and more!

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Tales from the vault indian nickel Tales from the Vault

Tales from the Vault highlight the lesser-known parts of the ANA collection, featuring stories about individual objects or groups of objects that do not often (or ever) see the light of day.

OPEN THE VAULT
nova constellatio Nova Constellatio

The prototype for United States coinage can be determined by die states and documents written by those involved in its conception.

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kids at the money museum Teacher Tools

Teachers can find and download numismatic resources and lesson plans here!

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periodic table of numismatics poster Periodic Table of Numismatics Poster

This 24" x 36" print is an interesting and educational addition to any collector's decor. Order today for just $25; includes storage tube plus free shipping and handling.

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spanish english numismatic dictionary Numismatic Spanish Dictionary

This translation guide is particularly useful to English speakers who interact with Spanish-speaking individuals with numismatic questions.

SEARCH DICTIONARY
join the ana Become an ANA Member

Join over 25,000 collectors from across the world when you become a member of the American Numismatic Association — the coin collector's edge,

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money.org app Money.org App

The money.org app from the ANA includes a variety of valuable features for lifelong numismatists and budding coin collectors alike. Download it for FREE today!

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