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The American Numismatic Association's 2017 Summer Seminar will be held in two one-week sessions June 17-29 in Colorado Springs on the campus of Colorado College, home of the ANA headquarters. Here are some selected courses and events. -Editor

Detection of Counterfeit and Altered Coins
counterfeit detection Learn the often subtle differences between genuine, counterfeit and altered coins, and apply your newly acquired skills using the ANA’s counterfeit detection set of more than 400 coins — ranging from half cents to gold and including U.S., world, ancient and colonial coins.

Students will handle “raw” genuine and counterfeit coins under direct supervision of the instructors. Topics include counterfeit coin production and methodology, types of counterfeit dies and castings, date and mintmark alterations, specific gravity testing and use of microscopes.

Instructors: Brian Silliman, Bob Campbell and Jim Robinson

The Coinage of Charles Barber
1909 Barber coin Learn the history and coinage designed by sixth Chief Mint Engraver, Charles Barber (1879-1917). Four of Barber’s circulation coin series will be studied in detail, including Barber dimes, quarters and halves, as well as grading nuances of the individual series, the key dates, rarity ratings, varieties, and authentic versus known altered/counterfeits. Students will examine proof and mint state issues and review some of Barber’s other designs with examples and hands-on work in class. Explore the collecting opportunities involved with Barber coinage, and share your experiences with the class.

Instructors: Glenn Holsonbake and Michael Johnson

Annual Library Book Sale
ANA Library book sale Students are invited to peruse a surplus of books, periodicals and auction catalogs that are available for sale at discounted prices. Books are available on a variety of numismatic subjects including world and U.S. Coins, paper money, tokens, medals and more. All proceeds benefit the Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library.

The book sales take place June 17 and 24, and runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Collecting Roman Coinage: From Julius Caesar to Valerian I
Ancient coin This class will cover the first three centuries of Roman Imperatorial and Imperial coinage. Using digital images, handouts, and the coins themselves, we will discuss topics such as denominations, mints, legends, portraiture, reverse types, and coins as propaganda. Collectororiented topics will be collecting themes, grading and authentication, and the international marketplace for ancient coinage and how to participate. Class participants are encouraged to bring coins from their own collections. A basic knowledge of Roman history is helpful.

Instructors: Kerry Wetterstrom, and Mike Gasvoda

The Medal in America
Elephas Maximus medal A study of American medals from early to present day. Explore medals produced in Europe with reference to America, the first medals produced in America, and congressional medals commissioned by the new nation to honor its war heroes. Learn about medals produced by the U.S. Mint and private issues by prominent 19th and 20th century engravers. The work of C.C. Wright, Anthony Paquet, St. Gaudens and others is examined, as well as expositions and fairs, presidential medals and socalled dollars. Art Nouveau and Art Deco influence is considered in 20th century issues by the Circle of Friends, Society of Medallists and American Numismatic Society. Current art trends are analyzed in medals produced by the U.S. Mint and organizations such as FIDEM.

Instructors: David T. Alexander and David Menchell

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Eisenhower, Anthony, and More. Learn all about your favorite dollars of the past 45+ years in the Guide Book of Modern United States Dollar Coins, by Q. David Bowers. Large-sized Eisenhower dollars and their smaller cousins—Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea, Native American, and Presidential dollars—are explored in volume 22 in the Bowers Series. 352 pages, full color, for $19.95, online at , or call 1-800-546-2995.
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