Session I of the ANA Summer Seminar begins Saturday June 26 and Session II begins Saturday July 3. It is probably THE BEST numismatic education experience to be found and is held every summer on the campus of Colorado College near the ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs.
This year I will be taking:
Detection of Counterfeit and Altered Coins - Yeah, I know. I took this course several years ago and last year I taught a mini-seminar on introduction to counterfeit detection. But I figured I could use a refresher AND this course is being taught by different instructors - Brian Silliman (NGC grader and writer of the Counterfeit Detection column in The Numismatist) and Skip Fazzari (expert numismatist for ICG). I think the combination of a different perspective and a refresher will help hone my counterfeit detection skills.
Advanced Numismatic Negotiating (mini-seminar)
This should be a great learning opportunity from two very, very knowledgeable collectors - Barry Stuppler (past president of ANA and coin dealer) and Ron Sirna (ANA general counsel and VERY advanced collector).
The Modern Minting Process: Errors and Varieties
What can I say? This course is being taught by the guy that wrote the book (on error coins as well as numerous attribution guides) - James Wiles.
Minting Mayhem: Creating Errors (mini-seminar)
While taking a course on how error coins are made why not make a few? George Culhaj (editor of Standard Catalog of World Coins and Standard Catalog of World Paper Money) and Joe Paonessa (America's Greatest Left-Handed Hobo Nickel Carver) return with their coin press which is used by students to create error coins. This should be fun.
So who else will be there?