National Money Show® Attendance Surpasses 3,000

Collector and Museum exhibits, buying opportunities drew crowd

The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2022 National Money Show® in Colorado Springs, Colorado, welcomed a total of 3,288 people to the three-day event, held March 10-12 at The Broadmoor resort. “This was an excellent turnout for our spring convention,” said ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick. “We were thrilled to be able to connect once more face-to-face with so many friends.”

During the show’s opening ceremonies on Thursday morning, ANA President Dr. Ralph Ross presented National Money Show Host Chair Steve D’Ippolito with the ANA Goodfellow Award in recognition of his service. Dr. Ross also recognized the host clubs – the Colorado Springs Coin Club and the Colorado Springs Numismatic Society – and their presidents, Dave Starling and George Mountford, with the Lewis S. Werner Host Club Award.

The event featured 376 dealers buying and selling coins, currency and related items; a wide range of numismatic educational presentations led by notable speakers; a three-session sale by Classical Numismatic Group, LLC; and exhibits of priceless rarities from private collections and the American Numismatic Association’s Money Museum in Colorado Springs.

The Money Museum showcase featured rare treasures including three of the first U.S. dimes, a 1933 Eagle (gold $10), highlights from a recent donation of California Territorial gold coins, and select items from the recently acquired Baker-Manley collection of Washington medals. The medals presented a tie-in to the museum’s new exhibit, “The Medal in America,” the opening of which premiered premiered Thursday night of the show. More than 250 ANA members gathered at the Money Museum to experience the new exhibit, which illustrates the history of the United States from colonial times to the present. The Baker-Manley collection was donated to the Money Museum by Dwight Manley in August.

A major draw for numismatists and the general public alike were the collector exhibits. A constant stream of people enjoyed its more than 25 displays, with topics ranging from Colonial Colorado’s silver reals to meteorite coins. On Saturday afternoon, the ANA recognized the educational displays with an exhibit awards presentation and reception.

Show attendees also took advantage of the many educational opportunities at the show, including a technical seminar on grading and ten free “Money Talks” presentations from numismatic experts.

The Kids Zone offered youngsters a plethora of activities to engage them in coin collecting, including a Treasure Trivia game where they learned about numismatics and earned prizes as they explored the bourse floor in search of answers to trivia questions. A Young Collectors Corner taught by ANA Numismatic Educator Sam Gelberd offered basic information about the hobby to a young crowd of enthusiasts.

Classical Numismatic Group, LLC (CNG) served as an official auctioneer of the 2022 National Money Show. The multi-session sale featured noted numismatist Kenneth Bressett’s collection of British and ancient Roman coins.

“This was a terrific result and we are very happy for Ken and all the winning bidders,” said Michael Gasvoda, managing director of CNG. “We were deeply honored to be chosen to bring some of Ken Bressett’s wonderful collections to market. This was a true collector’s auction, with highly affordable coins for people of all ages, incomes and levels of interest.”

Online bidders for the auction pushed sales to more than $560,000. Some of the top sales (including the 20% buyer’s premium) included an extremely rare early Roman Aes Grave, reaching $9,600 against an estimate of $4,000; a rare Byzantine gold solidus of Michael I Rhangabe, which achieved $7,800; and a silver denarius from the notorious Emperor Caligula, topping at $6,600.

“We had lines at our table from the opening bell to closing. It was a phenomenal show,” said Colorado Springs coin dealer and past ANA President Tom Hallenbeck. “The biggest issue remains finding fresh material. Public attendance was softer than we’d hoped, but those that did attend came to buy, sell and enjoy the incredible exhibits. Everyone loved The Broadmoor resort and the new convention venue. We hope Colorado Springs will stay in the rotation for future ANA shows.”

Total attendance was 3,288, reflected as follows:

  • Dealers: 376
  • Staff & volunteers: 69
  • ANA members & general public: 2,843

“Great appreciation goes out to all the volunteers, the host clubs, sponsors and ANA staff who helped put this show together,” said Kiick. “Without their help, a show of this size and caliber would not be possible.”

The ANA would like to recognize the following:

Steve D’Ippolito – Host Chair and Collector Exhibits
Dave Starling – Money Talks
Holly Stanton – Ambassadors
Bob Cuppy – Pages
Dan Usiak and Holly Stanton – Young Collectors Corner
George Mountford – Club Table

Ambassadors – Peter Bond, Bob Cuppy, Steve D’Ippolito, Robert Daley, John Graves, Dave Jaeger (Front Range, Longmont & Fort Collins Coin Club), Russell Josephson, Vicky Kitzman, Doug Lang, Chris Large, Keith Morgan, George Mountford, Lynn Murphy, Milt Newell, James Northrop, Cary Rogers, Dan Roussin (Denver Coin Club), Steve Sellers (Denver Coin Club), Jason Smith, Holly Stanton, Dave Starling, Denise Starling, David Tyner.

Pages – Eve Brenner, Kevin Lester, Austin Smith, Nathan Smith.

The next ANA convention is the 2022 World’s Fair of Money® to be held August 16-20 in Chicago (Rosemont), Illinois, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The 2023 National Money Show is slated for March 2-4, 2023 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

GreatCollections Selected as Official Auctioneer of the American Numismatic Association

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has selected GreatCollections Coin Auctions ( of Irvine, California as the exclusive Official Auctioneer of the ANA. The new three-year contract is effective immediately.

“We are pleased to welcome GreatCollections as the official auction partner of the ANA,” stated Kim Kiick, executive director of the Association. “GreatCollections and its president, Ian Russell, are very supportive of the ANA and its efforts to attract positive attention and attendance at our two annual shows.” (GreatCollections displayed the world’s most valuable rare coin, the legendary 1933 Double Eagle, at the ANA World’s Fair of Money® last year.)

“The Association has been exploring options to change the auction format at our shows,” Kiick explained. “GreatCollections has become a well-known and respected entity in the hobby with its weekly auctions offering thousands of certified coins and paper money. The benefits of this new relationship will be a plus for the Association, collectors, dealers and our shows.”

“We are proud and honored to have this multi-year agreement with the ANA, during these exciting times in numismatics when interest in coins is at an all-time high. And we take this responsibility seriously,” explained Russell. “We founded our business for the collector, and despite our growth, we continue to offer over 1,000 certified coins valued at less than $100 each week in our auctions, alongside coins in all other budgets right up to $1 million-plus.”

“Our firm has experienced unprecedented growth over the past two years, including representing some of the biggest collectors in today’s market. In the past six months alone, we have sold three 1804 Silver Dollars, including the finest known example presented to the Sultan of Muscat that we acquired at last year’s ANA auction for $7.68 million. We have plans in place to greatly expand our presence at each ANA convention, with extensive auction lot viewing and direct marketing of our auctions to ANA members,” said Russell.

The ANA and GreatCollections are encouraging other auction houses to conduct approved auctions in conjunction with the World’s Fair of Money and National Money Show® events.

The twice-annual shows are hosted by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association, which is dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its array of educational and outreach programs.

For more information, call (719) 632-2646 or visit

Price for American Numismatic Association Diploma Program to Increase

Members encouraged to take advantage of current price point

American Numismatic Association (ANA) members have until April 1 to take advantage of the current School of Numismatic Diploma Program price, after which the cost to enroll in the program will be $499, a $24 increase from the current price of $475. The price change reflects increased printing costs.

The School of Numismatics Diploma Program provides individuals the opportunity to obtain a “Numismatic Scholar” certificate by completing a series of correspondence courses, hands-on seminars or a combination of the two. Those who attend acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to appreciate and enjoy the hobby of numismatics.

Requirements for the Diploma Program consist of registration, the completion of six correspondence courses and a 200-question, closed-book final exam. Students should be able to complete the program within two years and successfully pass all individual tests for each correspondence course before applying to take the final exam.

ANA members have the option to take the complete Diploma Program or sign up for individual courses. The current prices of the courses and their increases are as follows:

Course Current Cost New Cost
Introduction to Numismatics $38.95 $43.95
Grading U.S. Coins Today (includes ANA Grading Standards book) $45.95 $50.95
Detecting Counterfeit & Altered Coins (includes video) $72.95 $77.95
Detecting Counterfeit & Altered Coins (includes video) $72.95 $77.95
The Modern Minting Process, Errors and Varieties (combines courses) $49.95 $54.95
Grading Mint State U.S. Coins (includes video) $52.95 $57.95

The $499 complete program price includes registration fee, final examination fee, six correspondence courses (five course books & one ANA Grading Standards book), the Detecting Counterfeit and Altered U.S. Coins DVD, the Grading Mint State U.S. Coin DVD, and domestic shipping. Courses may be purchased separately and taken in any order.

To enroll in the Numismatic Diploma Program, email or call (719) 482-9829.

Collector Exhibits at American Numismatic Association Conventions Eligible to Receive Prizes

2022 National Money ShowOne of the big draws of American Numismatic Association (ANA) conventions are the featured collector exhibits on display. The individual creativity in these displays at the National Money Show® and the World’s Fair of Money® is rivaled only by the quality and variety of the items on display.

To recognize collectors who share their knowledge, research, creativity and collections by displaying an exhibit, the ANA is providing appreciation medals to every exhibitor and prizes such as gold coins and silver American Eagles to winners in several competitive categories. Exhibitors must be members of the ANA.

Displays on any area of numismatics are encouraged – from ancient coins and artifacts, tokens and medals to world coins, modern U.S. coins and paper money. Exhibits are carefully evaluated by a team of dedicated judges and awarded points in areas such as “Numismatic Information,” “Presentation” or “Degree of Difficulty.”

To encourage additional collector exhibits at the March 11-13 National Money Show in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the exhibit application deadline has been extended to Friday, February 11.

Awards for National Money Show collector exhibits include:

Exhibit Class Awards

  • 1st place – tenth-ounce gold coin
  • 2nd place – proof silver American Eagle
  • 3rd place – bullion silver American Eagle

National Coin Week Exhibit Awards

  • 1st place – Summer Seminar scholarship
  • 2nd place – proof silver American Eagle
  • 3rd place – bullion silver American Eagle

Best-of-Show Exhibits

  • 1st place – half-ounce gold coin
  • 2nd place – quarter-ounce gold coin
  • 3rd place – tenth-ounce gold coin

Collectors interested in exhibiting at either the National Money Show or the World’s Fair of Money in Chicago, August 16-20, can find information on exhibit categories, rules and an application by visiting Completed applications can be emailed to

Applications for collector exhibits at the World’s Fair of Money are being accepted through June 15.

Submissions Accepted for ANA Young Numismatist Literary Awards

Submissions for the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) annual Young Numismatist Literary Awards competition are being accepted through April 1. The awards were established to encourage young writers in three age groups, all of whom will compete for cash awards and numismatic books.

Article submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges that includes Bill Fivaz, Mitch Sanders and Kenneth Bressett.


To compete in this year’s competition, participants must be ANA members. Submitted articles will focus on a numismatic topic of the competitor’s choice.

  • Bill Fivaz Young Numismatist Literary Award
    Ages: 8-12
    Article should display basic knowledge of a numismatic topic. Creativity and original conclusions are encouraged. Suggested length: 450-900 words.
  • Q. David Bowers Young Numismatist Literary Award
    Ages: 13-17
    Article should display advanced knowledge of a numismatic topic. Logically presented facts and original conclusions are encouraged. A bibliographic list of sources is recommended, but not required. Suggested length: 900-1,800 words.
  • Kenneth E. Bressett Young Numismatist Literary Award
    Ages: 18-22
    Article should display in-depth knowledge of a numismatic topic. Logically presented facts and original conclusions are required, as is a bibliographic list of sources. Inclusion of charts, graphs, tables or other illustrations is encouraged. Suggested length: 1,800-3,600 words.

Guidelines for Submissions

When submitting articles:

  • Provide ANA-member number, category of submission and contact information (email, phone number and address) on the first page.
  • Include author’s name and award category in the file name.
  • Submissions are accepted in Microsoft Word or PDF format only.
  • Up to three submissions per author are allowed.
  • Submissions previously published in The Numismatist will not be accepted.

Award Structure

The following prizes will be awarded in each of the age categories:

  • First Place
    Certificate and $500 cash prize, plus a $500 voucher to help build a personal library of numismatic books produced by Whitman Publishing. (International winners will be required to pay book shipping costs.)
  • Second Place
    Certificate, plus a $200 book voucher from Whitman Publishing.
  • Third Place
    Certificate, plus a $100 book voucher from Whitman Publishing.

Completed entries should be emailed to

For additional information, please contact

Submissions Accepted for ANA’s Club Publications Competition

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is currently accepting submissions for the 2022 Barbara J. Gregory Outstanding Club Publications competition. Awards will be presented in four categories: local, regional, specialty and electronic. The contest is open to member clubs that are current with their ANA dues, and do not have an elected or salaried ANA officer as editor or assistant editor. Completed submissions must be received by April 1.

Submissions must include a complete set of 2021 publications or three different emailed samples of online publications from 2021. Also required are the category of submission (local, regional, specialty or electronic); the editor’s name; and the name, address, phone number and email address of the submitter.

Judging Criteria

Publications are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 (1-poor, 5-excellent) in the following areas: General appearance/appeal; consistency of format; neatness/readability; presentation of club-related news; presentation of numismatic/scholarly information; aptness/quality of illustrations; and originality/creativity. The size of the club and the amount of funds expended is not a factor in judging.

Completed electronic entries can be emailed to All others should be sent to:

Outstanding Club Publications Competition
ANA Publications Department
c/o Olivia McCommons
818 N. Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Honors will be presented at the ANA World’s Fair of Money® in Chicago.

To view the submission guide online and to see past winners, visit For more information, contact

Grading & Counterfeit Seminars Offered by American Numismatic Association

In-Person Seminars Return to FUN, National Money Show® & Summer Seminar

After offering numismatic learning programs exclusively online for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) is once again offering in-person seminars. Opportunities to expand on collecting knowledge and abilities are available at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention, the ANA National Money Show and the Association’s highly-acclaimed Summer Seminar.

FUN Convention Seminar

In conjunction with the FUN Convention, Jan. 6-9, 2022, the ANA is offering the seminar “Intermediate Grading of U.S. Coins,” which teaches skills that are critical for any dedicated numismatist. The course will take place Jan. 4-5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl.

The mid-level course is intended to sharpen grading skills through hands-on group and individual exercises with instructor feedback on each coin. Students will gain a better understanding of current grading-service philosophies and how they evolved in the marketplace. Copper, silver and gold specimens are covered with emphasis on About Circulated through Uncirculated examples. Instructors Steven Feltner and Bob Mellor will lead the course.

The immersive, two-day seminar is priced at $250 for ANA and FUN members and $350 for non-members.

To register for the class visit or call (719) 482-9849. The deadline to register is Nov. 29.

National Money Show Convention Seminars

Collectors can enhance their skills in counterfeit detection and coin grading during the annual National Money Show®, March 10-12, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The ANA is offering two seminars: “Counterfeit Detection of U.S. Coins with Emphasis on Chinese-Made Fakes” and “Fundamentals of Grading.”

“Counterfeit Detection of U.S. Coins with Emphasis on Chinese-Made Fakes” is a two-day class that will debut one of the largest collections of Chinese-made counterfeits of United States colonials, coins, tokens, bullion and bars. Hundreds of never before seen, recently made examples will be available to examine along with the ANA’s Counterfeit Detection set of older and highly deceptive fakes.

This seminar will teach counterfeit detection of key date and mintmarked coins, U.S. gold coins, and the latest wave of deceptive Chinese-made counterfeits. Both digital presentation and extensive hands-on coin examination will be covered.

Instructor Brian Silliman is leading this course, March 8-9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., in Colorado Springs. The cost is $250 for ANA members and $350 for non-members.

The two-day course “Fundamentals of Grading,” will explore the history and philosophy of grading, and teach how to grade copper, nickel, silver and gold U.S. coins according to the latest ANA and market standards. Instruction will consist of a slide presentation and plenty of hands-on opportunities to view and grade the ANA Grading Set in individual and group settings.

ANA Education Director Rod Gillis is instructing this course with special guest Ken Bressett, March 11-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., in Colorado Springs. The cost is $250 for ANA members and $350 for non-members.

Register for one or both National Money Show seminars by visiting The deadline to register is Friday, February 11.

Summer Seminar – Save the Dates

The popular ANA Summer Seminar will once again be held in-person on the Colorado College campus (adjacent to ANA headquarters) in Colorado Springs, Colo. First session will take place June 18-23. Session 2 will take place June 25-30. (Intersession dates are June 23-24.) Course offerings and additional details will be available by early January.

As more information becomes available, updates can be found on

Classical Numismatic Group Announced as Official Auction Partner for the 2022 National Money Show®

Ken Bressett Collection of Roman Coinage to be Auctioned

2022 National Money ShowThe American Numismatic Association (ANA) is pleased to announce that Classical Numismatic Group, LLC (CNG) will be conducting an Official ANA Auction at the National Money Show® ( to be held at the iconic Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 10-12, 2022. CNG also has been selected to conduct an Official ANA Auction at the Phoenix National Money Show in 2023.

Established in 1975, CNG ( is an international firm with offices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and London, England with a focus on ancient, medieval and British numismatics, as well as U.S. coins.

The CNG auction will be online only, with lot viewing available at the show. (The date of the auction is yet to be determined.) The first part of the auction will be the sale of the Ken Bressett collection of Roman coinage. Bressett, the editor emeritus of A Guide Book of United States Coins (the official Red Book), was careful not to collect anything featured in the Red Book to avoid any conflict of interest, according to CNG Managing Director Mike Gasvoda. Bressett’s Roman coinage collection will comprise 300 to 350 lots.

“We are thrilled to be conducting an official ANA auction and hope that this is the first of many,” says Gasvoda. “As an ANA member for more than 40 years, it gives me great pleasure to be a part of furthering the mission of the Association.”

To consign items with CNG for the National Money Show auction, collectors can contact Gasvoda at

The 2022 National Money Show offers collectors access to hundreds of dealers offering extensive numismatic inventory at all price levels, exhibits of rare and historical treasures, and educational programming for both beginning and seasoned hobbyists. The show is hosted by the nonprofit, Colorado Springs-based American Numismatic Association, which is dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its array of educational and outreach programs.

For more information, call (719) 632-2646 or visit

Money Talks Speakers Invited to Present at Colorado Springs National Money Show®

2022 National Money ShowAmerican Numismatic Association (ANA) members are encouraged to share their ideas and research with fellow hobbyists by delivering a Money Talks presentation at the 2022 National Money Show in Colorado Springs, Colo., March 10-12 at The Broadmoor.

Those interested in giving a Money Talks presentation should submit an online proposal at Proposals are due no later than Tuesday, Dec. 7.

The informative 30- to 45-minute Money Talks are presented by some of the hobby’s most noted authorities and allow collectors to share their expertise with the numismatic community. Presentations from previous shows include “Siege Notes: The Currency of War,” “Strategies to Dispose of Your Collection” and “Curious Currency of the World.”

Money Talks presentations should be accompanied with digital images. Contact Sam Gelberd, the ANA’s numismatic educator, at (719) 482-9846 for additional information.

Proposals can be submitted online or emailed to

The annual National Money Show will provide collectors access to hundreds of dealers offering extensive numismatic inventory at all price levels, an auction, exhibits of rare and historical treasures, and educational programming for both beginning and seasoned hobbyists. Additional information is available at, by calling (800) 482-9828 or emailing

Recognize Fellow Collectors and Nominate Deserving Hobbyists

Each year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) presents awards to deserving individuals in recognition of outstanding dedication to numismatics. The ANA is now accepting individual nominations for 2022 awards and Numismatic Hall of Fame “Historic Era” candidates.

All nominations can be submitted in writing and online – 300 words or more for the Numismatic Hall of Fame, and 50-100 words for all other awards. Nominations are accepted through Jan. 15, 2022.

  • Numismatic Hall of Fame – “Historic Era” nominees (individuals deceased more than 25 years) will be considered. Candidates are not required to be present or past ANA members.
  • Distinguished Service Award – The ANA’s highest honor, this award recognizes years of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Presented to an individual, family, firm or judicial entity for contributions to organized numismatics.
  • Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics – This award honors women who have made a lasting impact to numismatic community and demonstrated lifelong commitment to the betterment of numismatics, whether through research, leadership or mentorship.
  • Numismatist of the Year – Recognizes individuals within the numismatic community who have demonstrated long-term leadership in the field and to the ANA.
  • Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award – Honors professional numismatists who exhibit uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the ANA and displays exemplary ethical standards as a numismatic dealer.
  • Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture – The award honors an artist whose cumulative lifetime achievements in the field of medallic sculpture have been of the highest order.
  • Adna G. Wilde Jr. Memorial Award for Exemplary Service – Awarded to an ANA member who has dedicated time and resources to strengthen the hobby and further the ANA’s educational mission, setting an example for others to follow.
  • Medal of Merit – Recognizes individuals who have dedicated numerous years of service to the ANA and promotion of the hobby.
  • Glenn Smedley Memorial Award – This award honors individuals who have devoted their efforts to the betterment of the ANA.
  • Lawrence J. Gentile, Sr. Memorial Award for Outstanding Adult Advisor –Recognizes individuals who have devoted their time and efforts to recruiting young numismatists new to the hobby, and aiding the development of intermediate to advanced YNs.
  • Young Numismatist of the Year – Honors numismatists under the age of 18 for outstanding contributions to the hobby and who are active in volunteer service and numismatic research.
  • Outstanding District Representative – Recognizes the District Representative who most fully promotes coin collecting, coin clubs and the ANA.

Submit a nomination for a numismatist you find deserving of an award. Information about each of the awards and online submission forms can be found here.

For questions about the awards, please contact or call (719) 482-9811.

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

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