The American Numismatic Association
The American Numismatic Association, founded in 1891, is the largest and most active organization for coin collectors in the world. It is a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress. Most of its 25,000 carefully selected members are adult residents of the United States, but several hundred live in other countries, and its Young Numismatists are active and enthusiastic. The ANA welcomes to membership all persons of good character, 11 years of age and over, who have a sincere interest in collecting and studying coins, paper money, tokens, medals and other numismatic items. The dues are low; the prestige and services that go with the privilege of membership have great value
DUES EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 1975
Regular (U.S., Canada, Mexico) $ 12.00*
Regular (all other countries) 15.00*
Club (wherever located) 15.00*
Junior (11 to 17 years old) 9.00
Associate (child or spouse of R or LM) 2.00
Life (adult individuals) 250.00
(installment, $30 with application, plus $20 per month for 11 months)
Life (club) 1000.00
*Add $5.00 application fee, first year only
Non-member annual subscriptions 12.00
CODE OF ETHICS OF THE AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
Membership in the American Numismatic Association is a privilege ex¬tended to those persons and organizations deemed worthy thereof and is not a matter of right. Such membership can be maintained only until the Board of Governors determines that the conduct of a member has been such that, in the best interest of the Association, his membership should be terminated.
For the guidance of its members, this Code of Ethics has been duly adopted by the Board of Governors under the authority vested in it by the Federal Charter and the by-laws of the Association. A breach thereof by any member reflects, directly or indirectly, upon all other members. Such a breach shall be considered conduct prejudicial to the welfare of the Association and cause for action by the Board of Governors.
As a member of American Numismatic Association:
I agree to support and be governed by the Federal Charter and the by¬laws of the Association, and such rules, policies and regulations as may be in force from time to time;
I agree to conduct mysell so as to bring no reproach or discredit to the Association, or impair the prestige of membership therein;
I agree to base all of my dealings on the highest plane of justice, fairness and morality;
I agree to neither buy nor sell numismatic items of which the ownership is questionable;
I agree to conform to the accepted standards of dignified advertising;
I agree to take immediate steps to correct any error I may make in any transaction;
I agree not to sell, exhibit, produce, nor advertise counterfeits, copies, restrikes, and reproductions of any numismatic items if their nature is not clearly indicated by the word “counterfeit.” “copy,” “restrike.” or “reproduction” incused in the metal or printed on the paper thereof, with the exception of items generally accepted by numismatists and not in any way misrepresented as genuine;
I agree to represent a numismatic item to be genuine only when, to the best of my knowledge and belief, it is authentic;
I agree to fulfill all contracts made by me, either orally or written, to make prompt payments upon delivery, and to return immediately any item that is not satisfactory;
I agree to give aid to members in their quest for numismatic knowledge.
THE PNG DEALER’S CERTIFICATE OF TITLE,
GUARANTEE OF GENUINENESS
WHAT IS IT?
The PNG dealer’s certificate of title and guarantee of genuineness is a written agreement between a PNG member dealer and a buyer in which the seller carefully identifies a specific coin, token, medal or note and unconditionally guarantees that he has legal title to it; that it is genuine and that it will be registered by him with PNG.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SUCH CERTIFICATE?
The basic idea behind the PNG dealer’s certificate of title and guarantee of genuineness is the protection of the buyer when he does business with a dealer member of Professional Numismatists Guild, Inc.
HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM A BILL OF SALE?
The information required by the PNG dealer’s certificate of title and guarantee of genuineness goes far beyond that given on any bill of sale, or, for that matter, in almost all fixed price lists or auction sale catalogues. When properly and carefully filled out, it provides specific and diagnostic data with respect to a particular numismatic item that can positively identify it in the event (1) its origin or history is questioned; (2) the genuineness of the described item is questioned; or (3) the described item is lost or stolen.
IS IT INTENDED FOR ALL NUMISMATIC ITEMS?
Yes. While one of the purposes is to form a scientific record of rare and valuable coins to facilitate positive identification, it may just as easily be used for tokens, medals and paper currency, with the same objective.
WILL PNG DEALERS GIVE SUCH CERTIFICATES
WITH ALL NUMISMATIC PURCHASES?
No. The certificate is issued only upon request of the purchaser simultaneously with the actual sale or transfer. If the purchaser requests such certificate, the PNG dealer MUST COMPLY and issue such certificate. His refusal to do so will constitute the basis for a serious complaint when made to the President or Executive Secretary of PNG.
IS SUCH CERTIFICATE ISSUED FREE OF CHARGE?
Yes and No, depending upon the amount involved in the transaction. For items sold for a price in excess of $300.00, there is no fee charged of any kind.
IS THE CERTIFICATE A PRIVATE MATTER BETWEEN BUYER AND SELLER?
Yes and No. The certificate is prepared in triplicate, all three copies bearing the same registration number. Only the first two copies bear the name and address of the buyer. The buyer receives the original at the time of sale; the second copy is retained by the seller, and the third copy is required to be placed in the permanent PNG files by the seller.