John Albanese, president of Numismatic Consumer Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to reducing numismatic fraud, has announced a new consumer-education program sponsored in partnership with Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo.
The initial class will be held at the upcoming Baltimore Expo, Nov. 15-18. Lead instructor will be NCA Education Director Rick Sear, a longtime dealer with experience in evaluating both wholesome and deceptively altered coins. Taught with other dealers and supported by local volunteers, these mini-seminars on basic grading principles and techniques will be open to the public.
“We’re seeing continuing increased interest from the dealer community in protecting the public from fraud,” said Albanese.
“Hands-on grading classes have already proven to be an effective method of sharing the knowledge and skills that advance and protect our hobby best. We’re offering access to a program that will expand the basic knowledge and skills needed for personal numismatic self-protection.”
Class size will be limited to 20 students. A $35 fee is required to register. Study and reference materials are supplied.
A limited number of scholarships will be available for students under 18.
The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Morgan Dollars are the first series to be presented.
For more information, visit NCA’s website, www.stopcoinfraud.com.