BCCS offers class at ANA Summer Seminar 2018

Professional numismatist Glenn Holsonbake and BCCS President John Frost will be offering a class at the 2018 Summer Seminar at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) in Colorado Springs entitled, The Legacy and Coinage of Father-Son Mint Engravers William and Charles Barber. The course is during Session 2, June 23-28.

This course explores the history and coinage designed by 5th and 6th Chief Mint Engravers, William Barber (1869-1879) and Charles Barber (1880-1917). This hands-on class will study in detail all 6 circulation coin series bridging from the late 19th into the early 20th century. This includes Charles Barberís Liberty nickels, Barber dimes, quarters and halves, along with father Williamís twenty-cent pieces and Trade dollars. In addition, we will explore the mint medals designed by these prolific engravers, along with their designs of coins of commemoratives and coins of other countries that were made under contract with the U.S. Mint.

This course explores the wealth of available knowledge and upside value potential of the Barber coinage, one of the more interesting areas in U.S. numismatics, and includes the following:

  • History of the development of the various series
  • First-hand instruction on grading nuances, across all series and grade ranges
  • Detailed deep-dive into the six series. This entails historical perspectives, design subtypes and hub changes, key dates, collecting strategies, major varieties, counterfeits and authentication. Entails in-hand inspection of numerous coins of all grades in all series. Includes both circulation issues and proofs
  • Discussions into rarity (including rarity ratings) and value, including which issues are underrated versus those that are fully priced
  • Examination of key reference materials to aid the student in being a more effective collector, investor, or dealer.


Explore the collecting and growth opportunities of coinage of the Barbers, and share your experiences with the class. We look forward to sharing with all of you and learning more too. The course will be limited to 20 students, so register early!

To register, visit the ANA Summer Seminar website for the Seminar Catalog, schedules, pricing, housing options, etc. Summer Seminar (and the networking & camaraderie with other numismatists from all walks of life) is an amazing experience, and we hope to see some of you there!


  Barber Coin Collectors' Society      --      Founded 1989      --      Email:   bccs@barbercoins.org