ANACS’ rich and noble history began in 1972. It was created by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) with a mission to correct an urgent problem facing the coin hobby. The ANA is a century-old, not-for-profit educational association for collectors of coins, tokens, medals and paper money. The ANA, like the U.S. Olympic Association and the American Red Cross, is chartered by the U.S. Congress.
In the early 1970s, the ANA board of governors recognized that something significant needed to be done about the counterfeit and altered coins that were plaguing the coin community. Their solution was ANACS, the American Numismatic Association Certification Service. ANACS began with a staff of two experts with Washington D.C. as its home. Washington was chosen in order to utilize the Smithsonian’s Numismatic Collection and to be near the Treasury Department, specifically the Secret Service.
In 1983, Kenneth E. Bressett was appointed Director of ANACS. Ken was, and still is, the long-time editor of “The Red Book” and a frequent numismatic author and speaker. Ken hired and trained a team of graders at ANACS, many of whom moved on to become some of the most famous names in coin collecting. Many are still professionally grading coins today, others are leading, national coin dealers, while still others are highly respected numismatic researchers and authors.
In 1989 ANACS discontinued issuing photo certificates and began encapsulating coins in tamper evident plastic holders. A year later, the ANA board of governors sold ANACS to Amos Press, publishers of Coin World. In December 2007, ANACS was acquired by EKW, LLC, of Colorado and on January 1, 2008 was relocated to Englewood, Colorado, a Denver suburb.
ANACS is OPEN for business. Our LOBBY is CLOSED and will remain so for the foreseeable future. We are accepting submissions via drop off at a local coin show near you, or by regular mail to our PO Box 6000, Englewood, CO 80155.
Please contact ANACS Customer Service at 1-800-888-1861 or CustomerService@ANACS.com for any assistance.
ANACS is OPEN for business. Changes to our operations and local requirements are slowing our ability to record incoming submissions in the timely manner you have come to expect. These short delays, typically 3 or 4 business days, should not affect the overall turnaround time. We thank you to be patient. Our LOBBY is still CLOSED and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Please contact ANACS Customer Service at 800-888-1861 or at CustomerService@ANACS.com for questions.