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Carson City Mint Seminar

Jay Beeton, Marketing & Education Director of the American Numismatic Association writes:

Thanks so much for running Andy Lustig’s account of the ANA’s Destination Education program at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. So you’ll know, we’re already planning our next Destination Education program March 20-23 in Carson City, Nevada, immediately following the Sacramento Spring National Money Show. I’ve attached some information on the program, although we’re still working on some details (such as price and lodging). I also look forward to reading any suggestions for future sites from your readers.

Carson City sounds like a great destination for a numismatic seminar. Below are the details Jay forwarded. -Editor

Mark your calendars! March 20-23, 2011— Following the ANA National Money Show in Sacramento — Day one will be spent at the Nevada State Museum, formally the Carson City Mint. Lectures by authorities on all aspects of coining in Nevada will be presented.

  • Fred Weinberg is scheduled to speak about mint error coins.
  • Bob Nylen, Curator of History at the Nevada State Museum, will discuss the history of the Carson City Mint.
  • Ken Hopple will give a demonstration of the historic Coin Press No. 1 and talk about his restoration of the cancelled coin dies found buried in the museum parking lot!
  • Guy Rocha, former assistant administrator of the Nevada State Library and Archives, will speak on the history of Nevada.
  • Gene Hattori, NSM Curator of Anthropology, will speak on the Chinatown gold coins found in Lovelock, Nevada.

If that isn’t enough to entice you, Fred Holabird will lead a mine tour the following day in Virginia City. He will talk about the Comstock load, and make the West come alive!

Questions? Contact us ... 719-482-9849 •

Last week I suggested "a visit to the Philadelphia Mint, where Mercanti and his design team could show how the coin creation process works in the digital age.". Maybe I was on to something... -Editor

Joe Boling writes:

Somebody should push that idea of a post-convention seminar at the Mother Mint. Guess where the ANA convention is going to be in 2012?

I hadn’t checked the schedule, but it sounds like a match made in heaven.

The ANA isn't the only numismatic organization holding seminars, so those who can't make Carson City next year have other options. -Editor

Bruce Perdue adds:

After reading about the ANA Seminar which was held after the ANA Convention I would like to point out that Central States Numismatic Society has been holding seminars at least twice a year and sometime more often. CSNS has a seminar scheduled for October in Hutchinson, Kansas. For complete information see .

We are planning a seminar in Fort Wayne in April of 2011. The seminars are only $10 for members and $20 for non members (excluding any travel or lodging expense).

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