ANA Summer seminar series - anyone here attend?
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The Summer Seminar series is a long-running ANA activity.

 

I'm curious is anyone posting here attended and if so what do you feel was excellent and what could be improved?

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I've been going since 1983, originally as a student and for the past 20+ years as an instructor. It's definitely a good investment for anyone who's serious about learning and building their skills in the hobby. Collectors typically don't know as much as they think they do, and it can come as a revelation to them.

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"....and everyone should take the course on counterfeit detection."

 

Agreed. It's also fortuitous that the counterfeit detection class is offered not far from the source of so many counterfeits, too!

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"....and everyone should take the course on counterfeit detection."

 

Agreed. It's also fortuitous that the counterfeit detection class is offered not far from the source of so many counterfeits, too!

 

I didn't know the Denver Mint made "counterfeits" ?

 

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I did not attend the Summer Seminar, but the "Modern Minting" Summer Seminar class with instructor James Wiles attended my Moonlight Mint on a field trip.

 

A good time was had by all. Students were able to see the entire minting process up close: concept designs and sketching; 3D sculpting; die engraving; die hardening and prep; planchet fabrication; coin press setup; and operation (striking) using a modern Denver Mint surplus coin press.

 

Each year I prepare a couple dies so the students can strike their own Open House token souvenir on their own pocket change or other coins/tokens/medals. This year was a special piece. The obverse die is the 2016 Clark Gruber "half eagle". The reverse die is actually a US Mint "X" cancelled 1996 Olympic $5 gold reverse die, one of only 33 such dies released by the US Mint.

 

Struck in a reeded-edge collar on a Liberty Head "V" nickel:

open_house_2016_nickel.jpg

 

Broad-struck on a 38mm Bronze Denver Mint medal (my personal favorite of the pieces struck during the field trip):

open_house_2016_medal.jpg

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Can Summer Seminar participants offer suggestions for improvement in the program? Is the range of subjects sufficient or do some things need to be added or revised?

 

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It's definitely a good investment for anyone who's serious about learning and building their skills in the hobby. Collectors typically don't know as much as they think they do, and it can come as a revelation to them.

 

Amen. That was my biggest take away from my first ANA Summer experience

 

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I did not attend the Summer Seminar, but the "Modern Minting" Summer Seminar class with instructor James Wiles attended my Moonlight Mint on a field trip.

 

A good time was had by all. Students were able to see the entire minting process up close: concept designs and sketching; 3D sculpting; die engraving; die hardening and prep; planchet fabrication; coin press setup; and operation (striking) using a modern Denver Mint surplus coin press.

 

Each year I prepare a couple dies so the students can strike their own Open House token souvenir on their own pocket change or other coins/tokens/medals. This year was a special piece. The obverse die is the 2016 Clark Gruber "half eagle". The reverse die is actually a US Mint "X" cancelled 1996 Olympic $5 gold reverse die, one of only 33 such dies released by the US Mint.

 

 

Good on you D Carr. Lucky students.

 

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Thats cool. I would like to attend such kind of seminar. I'm really enjoying study process, thats why i am reading tons of information on the web, like here, for example. I hope that seminar repeating every year so i can attend it this one and get some interesting info!

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I’ve also wanted to attend some of these seminars but I never did. Better late than never.

Do they offer Currency grading 101, or is it all about coins? I collect both, but my currency grading skills definitely need some serious improving.

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