ANACS
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Paul Joseph
P.O. Box 6000
Englewood, CO 80155
303-339-3400
Dealer # 123
 
 Additional Information

ANACS was created in 1972 by the American Numismatic Association (ANA), a non-profit educational association established in 1891 and chartered by the U.S. Congress. ANACS original mission was to rid the hobby of counterfeit and altered coins. At that time, it was estimated that as many as one of every ten gold or key date coins sold on the typical bourse floor was either counterfeit or altered. (Many of those coins were being sold and purchased by people who had no idea the coins were counterfeit or altered.) At the time, there was little published information on counterfeit detection. ANACS was located in Washington D.C. in order to have access to the Smithsonian’s numismatic collection and to be near the U.S. Secret Service.ANACS graders began writing articles on detecting counterfeit and altered coins in the ANA’s monthly journal, The Numismatist, and, later, in other numismatic publications. Eventually, the articles were collected and published by the ANA in book form and sold to collectors and dealers. Also, ANACS created a photographic library of all the counterfeit and altered coins it found. The library included close-up shots so that people could see the diagnostics and learn where to look on the coin for them. Today, that photographic library resides inside the ANACS Grading Room, available to our graders at a moment’s notice.In 1982, J.P. Martin, ANACS’ Senior Numismatist, began teaching a class on detecting counterfeit and altered coins at the ANA Summer Conference. J.P. has been teaching that same class every year since then. Students in his class have included coin dealers, collectors and even a number of U.S. Secret Service agents.In the 1990s, J.P. wrote a correspondence course for the ANA, Detecting Counterfeit and Altered Coins. The Project Director for the course was James Taylor, ANACS’ CEO and President. Later, the two of them collaborated on a nearly three-hour long video / DVD based upon this correspondence course. Both the correspondence course and the video have received industry awards and are available for purchase from the ANA.Given this rich history, it is clear ANACS has been at the forefront of detecting and disseminating information about counterfeit and altered coins. New and important discoveries are made weekly by ANACS graders. These discoveries are immediately forwarded to the other grading services and some appear in print in ANACS’ Senior Grader Michael Fahey’s Coin World column, “Detecting Counterfeits.”At ANACS, any coin that we believe may be counterfeit or altered may be returned to the customer with a note calling the piece “Questionable Authenticity.” This would mean we are not absolutely certain the coin is a counterfeit, but we believe it is.If we are absolutely certain that a the coin is a counterfeit or an alteration, pursuant to federal law and in accordance with our legal obligations we reserve the right to turn the piece over to the U.S Secret Service. The Secret Service’s standard procedure is to contact the current owner and the previous owner and have the previous owner return the purchase price to the buyer. The Secret Service’s ultimate goal is to trace the coin back to the original perpetrator.

 Show Schedule
 Dec 08 to Dec 09, 2018
 West Suburban Coin & Collectible Expo 2nd Sunday of the Month
 Countryside, IL
 Dec 09, 2018
 The Greater Worcester Coin Show
 Auburn, MA
 Dec 15, 2018
 Baltimore Stamp and Coin Show + Auction
 Cockeysville, MD
 Dec 16, 2018
 Nashua Coin Show 3rd Sunday
 Nashua, NH
 Dec 16, 2018
 Sacramento Coin Show
 McClellan (Sacramento), CA
 Jan 10 to Jan 13, 2019
 Florida United Numismatists FUN Coin Show
 Orlando, FL
 Jan 13, 2019
 West Suburban Coin & Collectible Expo 2nd Sunday of the Month
 Countryside, IL
 Feb 01 to Feb 03, 2019
 Low Country Coin Show
 Ladson, SC
 Feb 02, 2019
 Baltimore Stamp and Coin Show + Auction
 Cockeysville, MD
 Feb 10, 2019
 West Suburban Coin & Collectible Expo 2nd Sunday of the Month
 Countryside, IL
 Feb 21 to Feb 23, 2019
 Greater Chicago Coin, Currency & Collectible Show
 St. Charles, IL
 Feb 28 to Mar 03, 2019
 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo
 Baltimore, MD
 Mar 10, 2019
 West Suburban Coin & Collectible Expo 2nd Sunday of the Month
 Countryside, IL
 Mar 14 to Mar 16, 2019
 PCDA National Coin & Currency Convention
 Rosemont, IL
 Apr 14, 2019
 West Suburban Coin & Collectible Expo 2nd Sunday of the Month
 Countryside, IL
 Apr 20, 2019
 Baltimore Stamp and Coin Show + Auction
 Cockeysville, MD
 May 03 to May 05, 2019
 Oklahoma Numismatic Association Spring Show
 Oklahoma City, OK
 May 09 to May 11, 2019
 Denver Coin Expo
 Denver, CO
 May 12, 2019
 West Suburban Coin & Collectible Expo 2nd Sunday of the Month
 Countryside, IL
 May 17 to May 19, 2019
 56th Annual Las Vegas Numismatic Society Coin Show
 Las Vegas, NV
 May 18 to May 19, 2019
 AMA Coin & Stamp Show
 Sioux Falls, SD
 May 31 to Jun 02, 2019
 Texas Numismatic Association (TNA) Annual Coin & Currency Show
 Arlington, TX
 Jun 09, 2019
 West Suburban Coin & Collectible Expo 2nd Sunday of the Month
 Countryside, IL
 Jun 20 to Jun 22, 2019
 Colorado Springs Coin, Currency, and Collectibles Show
 Colorado Springs, CO
 Jun 27 to Jun 29, 2019
 Greater Chicago Coin, Currency & Collectible Show
 St. Charles, IL
 Sep 12 to Sep 14, 2019
 ILNA Illinois Numismatic Assoc. Coin & Currency Show
 St. Charles, IL
 
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