Mission: Organized in 1891, the American Numismatic Association is a Congressionally-chartered nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect coins and related items. The Association serves the academic community, collectors and the general public with an interest in numismatics.
The ANA helps all people discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational programs including its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars.
Programs: The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum
Through the discovery of money, America’s largest museum dedicated to numismatics brings culture to life. The museum includes exhibits in three main galleries where visitors can find spectacular rarities and learn about the history of our nation and the world as seen through money.
Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library
Conveniently access the world's largest numismatic lending library and its more than 128,000 books, auction catalogs, periodicals, videos and DVDs. The library features resources and materials including but not limited to coins, paper money, tokens, medals, military orders and decorations, and stocks and bonds. There are also volumes on collecting in general, economics, and banks and banking.
Summer Seminar is a once-a-year opportunity for numismatic learning and camaraderie that offers students a varied selection of week-long courses designed for discovery or continued study. For 50 years, Summer Seminar has featured classes to suit virtually every collector's hobby needs. Most importantly, everyone attending Summer Seminar shares a common trait: a passion for numismatics.
Live online courses and lectures from fellow collectors and professional numismatists. Webinars are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
World's Fair of Money and National Money Show Conventions
The ANA hosts two conventions per year in various locations around the United States. Along with a bustling bourse floor, our conventions bring educational Money Talks, scout workshops and youth activities as well as our Museum Showcase exhibiting rarities and numismatic items of local and historical interest. Club meetings, collector exhibits, and social gatherings provide opportunities to get involved in the numismatic hobby.
I cannot believe that there is only one review here, and it is a negative one eleven years old. That reviewer has obviously not seen (or has chosen not to participate in) the many programs that the ANA runs that are not involved with buying or selling coins, medals, and paper money. I have been a member for 47 years, and never have time at the conventions (I go to all of them) to do any significant shopping. All of my time is occupied with attending meetings of specialty clubs, attending the educational lectures, and reading the educational exhibits entered by competitive exhibitors and by the ANA’s own museum. I have also attended the Summer Seminar for over twenty years. It is true that many members cannot afford the time and expense of participating to the extent that I do, but there are many more ways to enjoy the ANA’s assets than by attending events in person. The monthly journal is replete with information about all aspects of money and its related historic and artistic significance; the entire 125+ year run of the journal is accessible to members online; the library lends books and periodicals by mail for only the cost of postage; more recently, there are scores of recorded lectures available online covering all the topics that the convention lectures present; and the ANA provides support to local and regional collector groups, making its presence accessible in every corner of the world. Anyone who is failing to take advantage of these opportunities is simply not trying.
I have been a past member - but will not join again. I am afraid this organization has become nothing more than a trade show company. It appears that all their efforts now evolve around the coin shows they sponsor around the country. If you are a member and do not wish to attend or cannot attend then there is little this organization has to offer.