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Time to join ANA

American Numismatic Association President Jeff Garrett has set himself the worthy goal of increasing the membership of the organization.

With numbers currently sitting around 25,000, the organization would benefit by getting a boost.

After all, what 25,000 dues-paying supporters can make possible is less than what 30,000 or 35,000 dues-paying members might.

The question is what might convince a collector in 2015 to take the plunge and join?

Most collectors have been around the block more than a few times.

If they have not joined yet, will they ever join?

I was pushed into the water when I joined.

The company policy established by Chet Krause and Clifford Mishler was that every member of the numismatic staff should be an ANA member.

They sweetened the deal by paying our dues.

I was grateful.

Being just out of college and short of money, I doubt I would have paid up on my own.

Further, by 1987, as both a gift to me and as a show of solidarity in the membership efforts of President Steve Taylor, Clifford authorized the company to pay the life membership fee on my behalf.

I have now been a life member for over 28 years.

The older I get, the more I have appreciated my ANA membership.

However, as I wrote at the beginning, what aspect of the ANA is most attractive to a potential new member now?

Is it the website?

Is it the library?

Is it the Summer Seminar?

The appeal of any of these is in the eyes of the beholder.

If you are not a member of the ANA, please consider joining.

If my own experience is any guide, the benefits of membership became much clearer to me only after I joined.

Thanks, Clifford, for giving me that push.

Buzz blogger Dave Harper has twice won the Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper “Numismatic News.”

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One Response to Time to join ANA

  1. henare says:

    Well, I was a member since the 1990s … when my renewal came up this year the website wouldn’t accept my renewal without my birthdate (which is, IMHO, unnecessary) … and I don’t renew anything by sending pieces of paper through the mail because it is 2015.

    When I raised the issue to the folks at money.org they told me this wasn’t a problem and I should just renew (despite screen shots showing the problem).

    SO … I’m not a member anymore. If the ANA wants me back they know what they can do to fix this. Requiring more information from their members than they need to provide services to the member is risky on several perspectives, and my personal information has already been compromised twice this year by nothing less than the US Government.

    This is unfortunate because I think ANA membership is generally a good value. Nevertheless, the risk isn’t worth it.

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