Chance for Experienced Collectors to Pass on Knowledge

An organization dedicated to educating and encouraging the study of numismatics, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) offers individuals the opportunity to discover and explore the world of money by enrolling in the School of Numismatics Diploma Program.

Those who complete correspondence courses, hands-on seminars or a combination of the two, can receive a “Numismatic Scholar” certificate. There is a final exam that consists of an extensive 200-question written test covering information from all of the correspondence courses. Students embark on an exciting and rewarding journey while acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to appreciate and enjoy the hobby.

While students take part in the program, they can request a mentor to help answer numismatic-related questions they may have. It’s the mentor’s responsibility to help guide students through the courses. The ANA is currently looking for mentors to apply to the program.

Qualifications to be a mentor for the Diploma Program include:​

  • Experienced background in numismatics
  • Be available to answer emails and occasional phone calls
  • Graduation from the ANA Diploma Program not required but encouraged

Correspondence courses include “Introduction to Numismatics,” “Grading U.S. Coins Today,” “Detecting Counterfeit & Altered U.S. Coins” and more. In-class courses may be used as substitutions for required courses. All students are required to be ANA members to complete the Diploma Program.

To enroll as a student or mentor, or for more information, contact Suzanne Seyfi, ANA education assistant, at (719) 482-9829 or email her at

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs as well as its museum, library, publications, and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit

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