Is ANA membership worthwhile?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Mike Thorne, Feb 24, 2023.

  1. Mike Thorne

    Mike Thorne Well-Known Member

    Are you an ANA member? If so, what do you get out of it? How long have you been a member? If not, why don't you join? Benefits of membership? Drawbacks?
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  3. Joel Turner

    Joel Turner Active Member Supporter

    For me, getting a good rate on Hugh Wood Insurance for my collection is high on my list of benefits.
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  4. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser I may be old but I still appreciate a pretty bust Supporter

    Yes, I'm a member. Have been since 1965. Someday I might break down and buy a life membership.
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  5. Cherd

    Cherd Junior Member Supporter

    If you've been a member since 1965, then I think that they should GIVE you a life membership!
  6. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    I've never joined but I may, the Numismatist magazine is one of the best but I just haven't got around to it yet! You can look at the link to see the benefits. :D
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  7. dltsrq

    dltsrq Grumpy Old Man

    Yes, for many years. Membership supports the future of the hobby and unlike some other "memberships" that are simply glorified magazine subscriptions, ANA members elect officers and board members directly. We also have a kickin' summer convention. You may have heard of it. ;)
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  8. MK Ultra

    MK Ultra Well-Known Member

    I haven't joined, being somewhat newer to the hobby, I'm probably in the Groucho Marx camp, "I wouldn't be a member of any club that would have me." I may change my mind after perusing the benefits link posted above.
  9. tibor

    tibor Supporter! Supporter

    I've been a member for 40+ years. Up until recently I enjoyed sending
    coins to NGC for grading and not having to be an NGC member. The best
    benefit is the Numismatist magazine. 3-4 must read articles each month.
    Whenever the WFoM is in Denver I attend and I take the bus trip to
    Colorado Springs to spend time for an afternoon at the headquarters. For
    myself I enjoy the membership.
  10. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    ANA membership=CAC membership requirement.
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  11. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector

    Yeh, me too.
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  12. Hommer

    Hommer Curator of Semi Precious Coinage Supporter

    Yes, an ANA member and member of SPMC (Society of Paper Money Collectors).
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  13. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    The Hugh Wood insurance is important to me as well. I have never found a better deal.
    There are some that dislike the ANA leadership but I don't know why they have that opinion. Maybe it has something to do with the way they spend ANA money?
  14. calcol

    calcol Supporter! Supporter

    I’ve been an ANA member since the 1980’s. Benefits are many:
    1. Allows purchase of Hugh Wood insurance.
    2. Required to join North American Collectibles Association which then allows purchase of Ship-and-Insure insurance for valuables shipped by most carriers.
    3. Numismatist, both current and past issues of this great magazine.
    4. Two large shows per year.
    5. Required to join CAC.
    6. Coin museum at HQ.
    7. Mail lending library with extensive holdings.
    8. Not so obvious is representing and defending the hobby to the public, to government officials and to legislators.

    ANA is very different from ANS (American Numismatic Society) to which I also have belonged for many years. ANS is primarily a research organization although is has some functions in common with ANA … coin museum, magazine, and representing numismatics to the world.

    I recommend joining both, but if you’re collector and choosing only one, choose ANA.

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  15. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I don't understand this. I'm not a member of CAC but I am a member of ANA.
  16. calcol

    calcol Supporter! Supporter

    If you want to join CAC, you first have to be a member of ANA. Cal
  17. Sting 60

    Sting 60 Well-Known Member

    Yes, I originally joins for the Hugh Wood Insurance. They have good articles in their booklet. This month, they talked about having a will or trust, and how to manage a coin collection to pass on to your heirs.
  18. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    I have only been collection about 15 years. I live in a rural area and there aren't any local coin stores. After I got my father's collection I found he had coin magazines too. I started to looking over the net to find out if there were any magazines about coin collecting. I found ANA and joined and got their magazine as well. Somewhere in the search, I found Cointalk and joined it too.
    Both have been a great help. Thanks, guys and gals.
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  19. Mike Thorne

    Mike Thorne Well-Known Member

    If you've been a dues-paying member for 50 years, they'll send you The Numismatist free, no more dues to get it. That's what happened to me, at any rate.
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  20. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser I may be old but I still appreciate a pretty bust Supporter

    Just habit to send them a check. And I still support the hobby.
  21. walleye710

    walleye710 Member

    I joined last year but have yet to receive my first copy of their magazine.
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