American Numismatic Association (ANA)
About the ANA
The American Numismatic Association is a nonprofit educational organization
dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. With nearly 28,000
members, the Association serves the academic community, collectors and the general public with an interest in
The ANA helps all people discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of
programs including its education and outreach, museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars.
Buying rare coins can be a good investment and a satisfying hobby. But there are some rare coins
scams out there you should be aware of. If you are investing in rare coins, then the American Numismatic
Association (ANA) suggest you find out how to protect yourself by reading the following pages.
How To Protect Yourself
If you intend to buy rare or bullion coins for investment,
your best protection is to spend time learning about the coins you are being asked to buy. In the
past, most investment gains have gone to collectors, often known as numismatists, who
How To Identify Fraudulent
The fact is: It is very difficult to identify fraudulent
sellers of rare and bullion coins because they often look like legitimate dealers. For example,
fraudulent sellers frequently have elegant offices in the financial districts of major cities,
employ "account executives" or "investment...read
False Grading & Value
Usually, the value of a rare coin is determined by its grade
and rarity, so it is very important that the rare coins you buy are graded correctly. The grade of
a rare coin is a shorthand method of describing its condition. Because grading includes such
factors as "overall appearance" and "eye appeal,"...read page!
Where To Go For Help
If you have a problem with a coin dealer and the dealer has
not resolved the problem to your satisfaction, there are a number of places you can go for help.
Some dealers will resolve disputes through binding arbitration by an independent third
ANA Member Code of Ethics
Membership in the American Numismatic Association is a
privilege extended to those persons and organizations deemed worthy thereof and is not a matter of
right. Such membership can be maintained only until the Board of Governors determines that the
conduct of a member...read page!
ANA Dealers Code of Ethics
As an ANA member dealer, I pledge myself to the following
principles: To fully comply with the ANA Members' Code of Ethics as published in The Numismatist.
To purchase and sell coins from fellow collectors and dealers at prices commensurate with a
reasonable return to the seller...read
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