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Fraud class to debut in Baltimore


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.

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“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.

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