American Numismatic Association

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American Numismatic Association
IndustryHistory, research
Founded1891; 130 years ago (1891)
HeadquartersColorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
Key people
  • Kim Kiick (Executive Director)
  • Ralph Ross (President)
ProductsMemberships, magazine, museum, library, conventions

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is an organization founded in 1891 by Dr. George Francis Heath. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, it was formed to advance the knowledge of numismatics (the study of specie) along educational, historical, and scientific lines, as well as to enhance interest in the hobby.[1][2][3][4][5]

The ANA has more than 24,000 individual members who receive many benefits, such as discounts, access to website features, and the monthly journal The Numismatist. The ANA's Colorado Springs headquarters houses its administrative offices, library, and money museum. The ANA received a federal charter from the United States Congress in 1912.[1][2][3][4]

A board of governors is in charge of the ANA. Numerous advisory committees help to operate it properly. The ANA has a Young Numismatists program intended to promote interest among youth. The ANA has held annual conventions throughout the nation in most years since 1891, with two per year since 1978. The ANA Distinguished Service Award is bestowed upon the most dedicated members. The ANA also maintains a Numismatic Hall of Fame.[1][2][6]


Dr. George F. Heath of Monroe, Michigan, gained knowledge of world history by studying his collection of coins. The obscurity of his community was an obstacle towards obtaining certain specimens, and made meeting fellow numismatists difficult. In 1888, he printed, published and distributed a four-page leaflet, NUMISMATIST, in which he listed his coin needs, advertised duplicates for sale, and discussed numismatic topics.[4][7][8]

The nascent publication found many friends among other isolated collectors. As Heath's subscription list increased, a need for a national organization of numismatists was evident. The February 1891 edition of The Numismatist printed a question, "What is the matter with having an American Numismatic Association?"[7][8] A follow-up statement was included: "There is nothing like the alliance of kindred pursuits to stimulate growth and interest."[1][7][8]

On October 7 and October 8, 1891, five men—Heath, William G. Jerrems, David Harlowe, J.A. Heckelman and John Brydon—holding 26 proxies, met in Chicago with 61 charter members. The result was the founding of the ANA, which has since become the largest non-profit numismatic organization in the world.[7][8] Heath then introduced the idea of a numismatic convention, where members could make personal contact with other numismatists. The first convention was held in 1891, then annually until 1895, and then in 1901 and 1904. After the 1907 convention in Columbus, Ohio, it was decided to hold annual conventions thereafter.[7][8]

On June 16, 1908, Dr. Heath suddenly died. Farran Zerbe, then president, assumed the task of editing and publishing The Numismatist, and soon purchased the publication from Heath's heirs.[7][8] In 1911, W.C.C. Wilson of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, purchased The Numismatist from Zerbe and presented it to the ANA. Since then, the magazine has been owned and published monthly by the ANA.[8]

On May 9, 1912, the ANA attained national prominence as it was granted a Federal Charter signed by President William Howard Taft.[4][7][8] In 1962, an amendment to make the Charter permanent and allow for a larger Board was introduced and passed by Congress and signed into law by John F. Kennedy on April 10. The amendment was presented by Congressman Wilbur Mills and Senator John L. McClellan, both of Arkansas.[7][8]

An ANA national headquarters building fund was established on April 29, 1961.[7][8] A site in Colorado Springs, Colorado was selected as the headquarter's location and a ground breaking ceremony was held on September 6, 1966. On December 20, the $250,000 building fund goal was reached and the new headquarters was dedicated and officially opened on June 10, 1967.[7][8]


The ANA's administration operates from its Colorado Springs headquarters. The ANA's monthly journal, The Numismatist, is produced here; its editor-in-chief is Caleb Noel. Many articles are contributed by ANA members.[1][6][7] The facility houses the largest circulating numismatic library in the world.[1][8] Books, educational slide programs and instructional videotapes are loaned to members without charge other than costs to cover postage and insurance. The ANA has many affiliate club members throughout the United States, such as the Beverly Hills Coin Club and the Chicago Coin Club.[1][2][4][6][7]

ANA headquarters contains the ANA Money Museum, which includes over 250,000 objects encompassing the history of numismatics from the earliest invention of money to modern day.[4] The Harry W. Bass Collection features American gold coins, experimental pattern coins and paper money.[1][7][9] The museum also offers changing exhibits about money in history, art, archeology, banking and economics, and coin collecting. Members may study the items on display and, by prearrangement, can use other museum materials for research purposes.[2][4][7][8]


The ANA has nearly 24,000 individual members. Memberships last one year, three years, five years, or a lifetime. The cost of the latter is $800 to $1,200, depending on a member's age and whether the ANA's magazine, The Numismatist, is mailed or read digitally.[2][3]

Membership is classified into four levels:

  • Silver: Available only to "spouses and domestic partners" of other ANA members
  • Gold: Access to all membership benefits and a digital subscription to The Numismatist
  • Platinum: Access to all membership benefits and a print subscription to The Numismatist
  • Life: One-time payment of either $800 or $1,200

Board of Governors[edit]

The ANA is run by a nine-member Board of Governors composed of the President, Vice-President, and seven Governors, each elected by ANA members in odd-numbered years. Governor candidates must have been ANA members for at least three years. President and Vice President candidates must have served at least one term as a Governor. Total service on the Board is limited to 10 years.[6][7]

The current Board of Governors was elected in 2021. The election results were as follows:

Name Position Location Votes Garnered
Dr. Ralph Ross President Sugar Land, TX 2,749
Dr. Joseph E. Boling Vice-President Indianapolis, IN N/A
Mary Lynn Garrett Governor Lexington, KY 4.165
Clifford Mishler Governor Iola, WI 4,111
Shanna Schmidt Governor Oak Park, IL 3,991
Michael L. Ellis Governor Camilla, GA 3,989
Rob Oberth Governor Marietta, GA 3,985
Charles Morgan Governor Glen Allen, VA 3,911
Mark Lighterman Governor Sanford, FL 3,910

List of ANA presidents[edit]


Advisory committees[edit]

The ANA is also served by various advisory committees. There are temporary advisory committees for searches, and one formed for forming a Strategic Vision for the board in 2012. There are several more permanent advisory committees:[6][7]

  • Bylaws and Ethics
  • Convention and Dealer Relations
  • Exhibits and Awards, to set rules and work to oversee collector exhibiting at ANA conventions
  • Finance, Budget and Audit
  • Library
  • Membership
  • Museum
  • Resolutions
  • Technology, to advise on the ANA use of technology in achieving their mission
  • Young Numismatists and Scouting, to advise on young numismatist related matters

Young Numismatists[edit]

The ANA has many programs for Young Numismatists (YNs). There are currently three programs in which YNs can earn free coins by completing coin-related activities. These programs are the Early American Copper Project, the David R. Cervin Ancient Coin Project, and The Dollar Project. Another program, Coins For A's, allows kids to get free coins, plus a basic-level ANA membership by getting A's in school.[10] The ANA also has a YN Dollars program in which YNs earn YN Dollars for different activities. They can spend these YN Dollars at the ANA Summer Convention at the annual YN auction. The Young Numismatist of the Year award has been given by the ANA every year since 1968. Many former winners of the award are now prominent numismatic professionals, or have distinguished themselves in other areas.[1][6][7]

The Young Numismatists of America (YNA) was a worldwide coin organization founded in 1990 at the ANA Summer Seminar. In its early days, the YNA was an attractive way for young numismatists (YNs) to submit articles for publication.[7] However, by late 1996, many of the YNA founders were in college and could no longer help out. The YNA slowly faded away because of lack of interest. In 2001 at the ANA Summer Seminar, the young collectors decided to reform YNA. Within several years, the YNA once again ceased to exist.[6]


The ANA has held conventions annually most years since 1891, and expanded to two annual shows in 1978.[7] The ANA offered a third show in 2011 and 2012, but announced on May 4, 2012 that it will not continue this in 2013. The features of these conventions include the offering of a large bourse room, along with exhibits, educational programs, junior member activities, auctions, and meetings of affiliated specialty organizations.[8][11] The National Money Show and the ANA World's Fair of Money are the brands for shows that have been held on an Annual Basis by the ANA. The National Money Show is traditionally held in the Spring while the World's Fair is held in the Summer.[7] The Fall shows in 2011 and 2012 also used the National Money Show brand.[6][11]

The annual ANA Summer Seminar is an assortment of classes held in Colorado Springs mid-summer (generally the last week of June and first week of July). Most classes are one week long but some weeks have half-week classes available. Classes are taught by numismatic experts. Students are of all ages and divided between collectors and numismatic professionals. There are special programs for Young Numismatists. The ANA and many local coin clubs sponsor a few scholarships to defer some costs for a few students.[6][7][11]

Convention locations[edit]

Locations for the ANA Conventions.[7][12][13]

Year National Money Show (spring unless otherwise noted) World's Fair of Money (summer)
2024 Rosemont, IL
2023 Phoenix, AZ[14] Pittsburgh, PA
2022 Colorado Springs, CO Rosemont, IL
2021 Phoenix, AZ (Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[15]) Rosemont, IL
2020 Atlanta, GA Pittsburgh, PA (Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
2019 Pittsburgh, PA Chicago, IL/Rosemont, IL
2018 Dallas Philadelphia
2017 Orlando Denver
2016 Dallas Anaheim
2015 Portland Chicago
2014 Atlanta Chicago
2013 New Orleans Chicago
2012 Spring: Denver; Fall: Dallas Philadelphia
2011 Spring: Sacramento; Fall: Pittsburgh Chicago
2010 Fort Worth Boston
2009 Portland Los Angeles
2008 Phoenix Baltimore
2007 Charlotte Milwaukee
2006 Atlanta Denver
2005 Kansas City San Francisco
2004 Portland Pittsburgh
2003 Charlotte Baltimore
2002 Jacksonville New York
2001 Salt Lake City Atlanta
2000 Fort Lauderdale Philadelphia
1999 Sacramento Chicago
1998 Cincinnati Portland
1997 Cleveland New York
1996 Tucson Denver
1995 Atlanta Anaheim
1994 New Orleans Detroit
1993 Colorado Springs Baltimore
1992 Dallas Orlando
1991 Dallas Chicago
1990 San Diego Seattle
1989 Colorado Springs Pittsburgh
1988 Little Rock Cincinnati
1987 Charlotte Atlanta
1986 Salt Lake City Milwaukee
1985 San Antonio Baltimore
1984 Colorado Springs Detroit
1983 Tucson San Diego
1982 Colorado Springs Boston
1981 Honolulu New Orleans
1980 Albuquerque Cincinnati
1979 St. Louis
1978 Colorado Springs Houston
1977 Atlanta
1976 New York
1975 Los Angeles
1974 Miami
1973 Boston
1972 New Orleans
1971 Washington, D.C.
1970 St. Louis
1969 Philadelphia
1968 San Diego
1967 Miami
1966 Chicago
1965 Houston
1964 Cleveland
1963 Denver
1962 Detroit
1961 Atlanta
1960 Boston
1959 Portland
1958 Los Angeles
1957 Philadelphia
1956 Chicago
1955 Omaha
1954 Cleveland
1953 Dallas
1952 New York
1951 Phoenix
1950 Milwaukee
1949 San Francisco
1948 Boston
1947 Buffalo
1946 Davenport
1944 Chicago
1943 Chicago
1942 Cincinnati
1941 Philadelphia
1940 Detroit
1939 New York
1938 Columbus
1937 Washington, D.C.
1936 Minneapolis
1935 Pittsburgh
1934 Cleveland
1933 Chicago
1932 Los Angeles
1931 Cincinnati
1930 Buffalo
1929 Chicago
1928 Rochester
1927 Hartford
1926 Washington, D.C.
1925 Detroit
1924 Cleveland
1923 Montreal
1922 New York
1921 Boston
1920 Chicago
1919 Philadelphia
1917 Rochester
1916 Baltimore
1915 San Francisco
1914 Springfield
1913 Detroit
1912 Rochester
1911 Chicago
1910 New York
1909 Montreal
1908 Philadelphia
1907 Columbus
1904 St. Louis
1901 Buffalo
1895 Washington, D.C.
1894 Detroit
1893 Chicago
1892 Pittsburgh
1891 Chicago

ANA Distinguished Service Award[edit]

The ANA Distinguished Service Award, (formerly the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award) is the highest honor conferred by the ANA. It is given in recognition of numerous years of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics. The criteria for the nominee should be that the individual is considered someone who has rendered numerous years of outstanding service to the ANA as well as the field of numismatics. An additional qualification is that the nominee should be a former Medal of Merit and Glenn Smedley Memorial Award recipient. The award is limited only to members of the ANA.[7][8][16]

Hall of Fame[edit]

To enshrine the most important numismatists of all time, the ANA established the Numismatic Hall of Fame at its Colorado Springs headquarters in 1964.[7][8][17] The Hall's constitution and bylaws were drafted that year, and the first inductees enshrined in 1969 and the next group in 1970, with subsequent honorees inducted every two years thereafter. The Hall was the brainchild of Jack W. Ogilvie, a Hollywood film writer and editor who served as ANA historian from 1950 to 1970.[7][8][17]

Prior to each induction year, nominations are accepted from the membership. After review by a five-member Hall of Fame council, the names and qualifications of the nominees are passed on to a 25-member elector panel. Candidates receiving 13 or more votes are inducted; those receiving six to 12 votes are reconsidered in the next election. Members of the council, the ANA Board of Governors, and ANA appointed officers and staff are ineligible to serve as electors.[7][8][17]

The nominees are considered in alternating annual cycles. "Historic Era" nominees (deceased more than 25 years prior to induction) are considered in odd numbered years, and "Modern Era" nominees (living or deceased less than 25 years) are considered in even-numbered years.[18]

Inductees by year[edit]

Name Year Inducted
Edgar H. Adams (1868–1940) 1969
George J. Bauer (1870–1961) 1969
Frank G. Duffield (1867–1954) 1969
George F. Heath (1850–1908) 1969
Edward T. Newell (1886–1941) 1969
Wayte Raymond (1886–1956) 1969
David C. Wismer (1857–1949) 1969
Howland Wood (1877–1938) 1969
Farran Zerbe (1871–1949) 1969
George H. Blake (1858–1955) 1970
Henry Chapman (1860–1935) 1970
Sylvester S. Crosby (1831–1914) 1970
Lewis M. Reagan (1904–1961) 1970
Moritz Wormser (1878–1940) 1970
Ole P. Ecklund (1873–1950) 1972
Albert R. Frey (1858–1926) 1972
Barclay V. Head (1844–1914) 1972
John M. Henderson (1870–1942) 1972
Lyman H. Low (1845–1924) 1972
Waldo C. Moore (1874–1953) 1972
Stuart Mosher (1904–1956) 1972
Burton H. Saxton (1876–1958) 1972
Agnes Baldwin Brett (1876–1955) 1974
John W. Haseltine (1838–1925) 1974
Joseph H. Hooper (1835–1910) 1974
B. Max Mehl (1884–1957) 1974
Howard Newcomb (1877–1945) 1974
William Philpott Jr. (1885–1971) 1974
Benjamin P. Wright (1857–1922) 1974
Frederick C.C. Boyd (1874–1960) 1978
Victor D. Brenner (1871–1924) 1978
David M. Bullowa (1912–1953) 1978
Lee F. Hewitt (1911–1987) 1978
J. Henri Ripstra (1881–1961) 1978
Richard S. Yeoman (1904–1988) 1978
Herbert M. Bergen (1897–1988) 1982
Elston G. Bradfield (1906–1977) 1982
J. Douglas Ferguson (1901–1981) 1982
Abe Kosoff (1912–1983) 1982
Robert McLachlan (1845–1926) 1982
Glenn B. Smedley (1902–1987) 1982
Louis S. Werner (1894–1982) 1982
Sheldon S. Carroll (1914–1998) 1984
William T.R. Marvin (1832–1913) 1984
Leonel C. Panosh (1893–1967) 1984
J. Norman Shultz (1893–1988) 1984
Eva B. Adams (1908–1991) 1986
S. Wolcott Freeman (1906–1967) 1986
Robert Friedberg (1912–1963) 1986
Eric P. Newman (1911-2017) 1986
Margo Russell (1919-2015) 1986
John S. Davenport (1907-2001) 1988
Maurice M. Gould (1909–1975) 1988
M. Vernon Sheldon (1902–1982) 1988
Chester L. Krause (1923-2016) 1990
John Jay Pittman (1913–1996) 1992
Q. David Bowers (born 1938) 1994
Clyde Hubbard (1916-2020) 1994
Aubrey E. Bebee (1906–1992) 1996
Kenneth E. Bressett (born 1928) 1996
Adam Eckfeldt (1769–1852) 1996
George D. Hatie (1910–1997) 1996
Harry W. Bass Jr. (1927–1998) 1998
R.W. Julian (born 1938) 1998
Oscar H. Dodson (1905–1996) 2000
Robert L. Hendershott (1898–2005) 2000
Edward C. Rochette (1927-2018) 2000
Russell Rulau (1926-2012) 2000
Amon G. Carter, Jr. (1919–1982) 2002
William Ewing DuBois (1810–1881) 2002
Bill Fivaz (born 1934) 2002
James Ross Snowden (1809–1878) 2002
Adna G. Wilde, Jr. (1920–2008) 2002
Clifford Mishler (born 1939) 2004
Catherine Bullowa-Moore (1919-2017) 2006
George J. Fuld (1932-2013) 2006
Robert Lovett, Jr. (1818–1879) 2006
Mathew Rothert (1904–1989) 2006
Neil Shafer (1933-) 2008
William Walter Coulthard Wilson (1869-1924) 2012
William C. Henderson (1916–1989) 2012
Al C. Overton (1906–1972) 2012
Alan Herbert (1926–2013) 2013
Beth Deisher (1946–) 2013
Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli (1914–1982) 2014
Ludger Gravel (1864–1933) 2014
David Schenkman (1939-) 2015
James Edward Charlton (1911–2013) 2015
Ralph A. Mitchell (1903–1991) 2016
Byron F. Johnson Jr. (1931–1988) 2016
Raymond W. Dillard (1925-2020) 2017
Joseph N. T. Levick (1828-1908) 2018
Arthur M. Fitts III (1936-) 2019
Augustus B. Sage (1841-1874) 2020
Barbara Gregory (1954-) 2021
D. Wayne "Dick" Johnson (1930-2020) 2021



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