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Finest Known Numismatic University

Finest Known Numismatic University is an online educational portal that is built on a sophisticated LMS (Learning Management System) software platform that trains, tests, and tracks, learning progress with training transcripts and certificates of completion. Finest Known Numismatic University courses benefit everyone, from Collectors to Investors, Numismatic Students to the General Public.  The history of money and the coins that defined nations, is a story that all will enjoy.

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As the industry’s only Online Numismatic University, with engaging eLearning available Anywhere, Anytime, 24/7/365, on any device.  With over 50 hours of engaging training, with Interactive Simulations, Knowledge Checks, and Final Retention Tests with 80% passing scores.

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Sample Training Modules

There are samples of courses in Course Catalog below. The first module in the first four course categories is available for review. The official launch of Finest Known Numismatic University is coming later this year… Until then, Enjoy these Samples!

Numismatic University Course Catalog

1 - U.S. Coin History Courses

1.1 – Early Americas (17th to 18th Century) Length: 55 Minutes

  • Topic 1: The Thirteen Colonies
  • Topic 2: Early American Coinage
  • Topic 3: Coinage of the 1700s’
  • Topic 4: Independence & Money
  • Topic 5: Transitional Coinage

1.2 – The Young Republic (Late 18th to Mid-19th Century) Length: 46 Minutes

  • Topic 1: The Mint Act of 1792
  • Topic 2: The First U.S. Coins
  • Topic 3: Early Silver & Gold Coins
  • Topic 4: Mint Decline & Recovery
  • Topic 5: New Coinage Designs

1.3 – The Gold Rush (1848 – 1855) Length: 45 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Gold Discovery
  • Topic 2: Federal Gold Coinage
  • Topic 3: California Private Mints
  • Topic 4: Utah & Oregon Mints
  • Topic 5: U.S. Mint at San Francisco

1.4 – The Civil War (1861 – 1865) Length: 39 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Southern Secession
  • Topic 2: Southern Mints
  • Topic 3: Confederate Coinage
  • Topic 4: Civil War Currency
  • Topic 5: Federal Coinage

1.5 – The Gilded Age (1865 – 1914) Length: 41 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Gilded Age Origins
  • Topic 2: Gilded Age Money
  • Topic 3: The Crime of 1873
  • Topic 4: Coinage Renaissance
  • Topic 5: Commemoratives

1.6 – Roots of the Twentieth Century (1914 – 1945) Length: 32 1.Minutes

  • Topic 1: First World War
  • Topic 2: Roaring Twenties
  • Topic 3: Great Depression
  • Topic 4: Second World War
  • Topic 5: Mid-Century Recovery

1.7 – The Modern Era (1946 – 1999) Length: 40 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Post War Cold War
  • Topic 2: Coinage Stagnation
  • Topic 3: Creative Coinage
  • Topic 4: Coinage Renaissance
  • Topic 5: Commemoratives

1.8 – The New Millennium (2000 – Present) Length: 37 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Y2K Problem
  • Topic 2: State Quarters Program
  • Topic 3: New Tools, New Rules
  • Topic 4: Modern Bullion Coinage
  • Topic 5: Key Dates & Collectibles

2 - U.S. Mint History Courses

2.1 – U.S. Mint at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1793 to Present) Length: 38 Minutes

  • Topic 1: First Philadelphia Mint
  • Topic 2: Second Philadelphia Mint
  • Topic 3: Third Philadelphia Mint
  • Topic 4: Fourth Philadelphia Mint
  • Topic 5: Philadelphia Mint Today

2.2 – U.S. Mint at Charlotte, North Carolina (1835 to 1861) Length: 26 Minutes

  • Topic 1: NC Gold Discovery
  • Topic 2: Need for a Local Mint
  • Topic 3: Creation & Construction
  • Topic 4: Coin Production
  • Topic 5: Disaster, War & Demise

2.3 – U.S. Mint at Dahlonega, Georgia (1838 to 1861) Length: 55 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Georgia Gold Discovery
  • Topic 2: Local Private Mints
  • Topic 3: Creation & Construction
  • Topic 4: Dahlonega Production
  • Topic 5: Troubled Times & Decline

2.4 – U.S. Mint at New Orleans, Louisiana (1838 to 1909) Length: 51 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Creation & Location
  • Topic 2: Design & Construction
  • Topic 3: Production & Problems
  • Topic 4: Civil War Woes
  • Topic 5: Revival, Decline & Rebirth

2.5 – U.S. Mint at San Francisco, California (1854 to Present) Length: 38 Minutes

  • Topic 1: California Gold
  • Topic 2: Private & Assay Minting
  • Topic 3: First SF Branch Mint
  • Topic 4: Second SF Branch Mint
  • Topic 5: Third SF Branch Mint

2.6 – U.S. Mint at Carson City, Nevada (1870 to 1893) Length: 31 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Frontier & Pioneer Gold
  • Topic 2: Creation & Construction
  • Topic 3: Coin Production
  • Topic 4: Troubled Times
  • Topic 5: Decline & Rebirth

2.7 – U.S. Mint at Denver, Colorado (1906 to Present) Length: 35 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Denver Mint Origins 
  • Topic 2: Creation & Construction
  • Topic 3: Coin Production
  • Topic 4: Mint Robberies & Theft
  • Topic 5: Modern Mint Today

2.8 – U.S. Mint at West Point, New York (1984 to Present) Length: 28 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Need for a New Mint
  • Topic 2: Location & Construction
  • Topic 3: Bullion Coin Production
  • Topic 4: Coin Facts & Statistics
  • Topic 5: The Mint Today

3 - Coin Industry Courses

3.1 – Coin Associations & Organizations (Industry Resources) Length: 24 Minutes

  • Topic 1: ANS
  • Topic 2: ANA
  • Topic 3: PNG 
  • Topic 4: ICTA
  • Topic 5: Industry Resources

3.2 – Coin Grading & Certification (Third Party Authentication) Length: 48 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Early Coin Descriptions
  • Topic 2: The Sheldon System
  • Topic 3: Grades & Descriptions
  • Topic 4: Third Party Grading
  • Topic 5: Grading Enhancements

3.3 – Coin Purchasing (Sales & Marketing) Length: 58 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Sales Channels
  • Topic 2: Media Channels
  • Topic 3: Industry Publications
  • Topic 4: Internet Resources
  • Topic 5: Pricing Resources

3.4 – Coin Auctions (Buying & Selling) Length: 37 Minutes

  1. Topic 1: Early Coin Auctions 
  2. Topic 2: Auction Anatomy 
  3. Topic 3: Selling & Buying 
  4. Topic 4: Companies & Resources
  5. Topic 5: Online Auctions

3.5 – Coin Shows (Conventions & Expos) Length: 35 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Coin Show Anatomy
  • Topic 2: Local Clubs & Shows
  • Topic 3: Regional Coin Shows
  • Topic 4: National Coin Shows
  • Topic 5: Coin Show Strategies

3.6 – The Numismatic Dealer (Types of Dealers) Length: 20 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Coin Dealer Overview
  • Topic 2: National Dealers
  • Topic 3: Retail Shops & Dealers
  • Topic 4: Vest Pocket Dealers
  • Topic 5: Internet Dealers

3.7 – Sales & Marketing Options (Business Development) Length: 50 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Sales Overview
  • Topic 2: Prospecting & Qualifying
  • Topic 3: Sales Strategy
  • Topic 4: Telephone Sales
  • Topic 5: Advertising & Marketing

3.8 – Numismatic Resources (Numismatic Training) Length: 30 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Reading Resources
  • Topic 2: Video Venues
  • Topic 3: Online Education
  • Topic 4: Live Training
  • Topic 5: Social Forums

4 - Coin Collecting Courses

4.1 – Coin Collecting Demand (The Hobby of Kings) Length: 40 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Bitten By the Coin Bug
  • Topic 2: Early Coin Collecting
  • Topic 3: Numismatic Excitement
  • Topic 4: Hobby to Industry
  • Topic 5: Moving Markets

4.2 – Rare Coin Collecting Advantages (Tangible Diversification) Length: 48 Minutes

  • Topic 1: History in Your Hands
  • Topic 2: Numismatic Art
  • Topic 3: Hobby & Investment
  • Topic 4: Supply & Demand
  • Topic 5: Profits & Appreciation

4.3 – Rare Coin Museums (Historical Collections) Length: 43 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Mint Cabinet Collection
  • Topic 2: Smithsonian Collection
  • Topic 3: ANA Museum
  • Topic 4: ANS Museum
  • Topic 5: Numismatic Museums

4.4 – Rare Coin Collectors (Great Collections) Length: 76 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Museum Collections
  • Topic 2: Great Collectors 
  • Topic 3: Notable Collectors
  • Topic 4: Family Collections
  • Topic 5: Famous Collectors

4.5 – Hoards & Shipwrecks (Hidden Treasures) Length: 69 Minutes

  • Topic 1: 19th Century Coin Hoards
  • Topic 2: 20th Century Coin Hoards
  • Topic 3: 19th Century Shipwrecks 
  • Topic 4: Lost Sunken Treasures
  • Topic 5: Hidden Treasures

4.6 – Coin Collecting Essentials (Buy & Hold Strategies) Length: 45 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Education & Networking
  • Topic 2: Planning & Records
  • Topic 3: Budgeting & Buying
  • Topic 4: Positioning Strategies
  • Topic 5: Want Lists & Sell Lists

4.7 – Building a Coin Collection (Coin Types & Series) Length: 47 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Collection Guidelines
  • Topic 2: Type & Variety Sets
  • Topic 3: Date & Mint Sets
  • Topic 4: Registry Sets
  • Topic 5: Trophy Coins

4.8– Registry Set Building (Competing for the Best) Length: 42 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Showcasing Collections
  • Topic 2: Inventory Management
  • Topic 3: PCGS & NGC Registry
  • Topic 4: Collection Competition
  • Topic 5: Industry Recognition

5 - Minting History Courses

5.1 – Ancient Coinage (Early History in Precious Metals) Length: 43 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Ancient Coinage
  • Topic 2: Archaic Period
  • Topic 3: Classical Period
  • Topic 4: Hellenistic Period
  • Topic 5: Roman Period

5.2 – History of World Coinage (Coins That Tell Stories) Length: 47 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Earliest Money 
  • Topic 2: Middle Ages Coinage
  • Topic 3: Old World Coinage
  • Topic 4: New World Coinage
  • Topic 5: Colonial Coinage

5.3 – Science of Numismatics (Metallurgy & Technology) Length: 45 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Coin Metallurgy
  • Topic 2: Early Coining History
  • Topic 3: Early Mints History
  • Topic 4: Mechanical Minting
  • Topic 5: Modern Minting

5.4 – Mint-Made Error Coins (Minting Mistakes) Length: 41 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Error Collecting
  • Topic 2: Planchet Errors
  • Topic 3: Hub & Die Errors
  • Topic 4: Strike Errors
  • Topic 5: Error Rarity & Values

5.5 – The Gilded Age (1865 – 1914) Length: 41 Minutes

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6 - Coin Series Courses

6.1 – Rare Coins by Denomination (Coin Types) Length: 38 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Family of Cents
  • Topic 2: Nickels & Dimes
  • Topic 3: Quarters & Half Dollars
  • Topic 4: Dollars
  • Topic 5: Gold Coins

6.2 – Numismatic Interests (Beyond Denominations) Length: 35 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Die Varieties
  • Topic 2: Patterns 
  • Topic 3: Commemoratives
  • Topic 4: Tokens & Medals
  • Topic 5: Exonumia & Oddities

6.3 – Numismatic Art & Iconography (Symbols, Mottos & Legends) Length: 42 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Mediums of Exchange
  • Topic 2: Early Eastern Coin Art
  • Topic 3: Ancient Western Coin Art
  • Topic 4: Middle Ages Coin Art
  • Topic 5: New World Coin Art

6.4 – Monetary Art in America (Beauty of U.S. Coin Design) Length: 43 Minutes

  • Topic 1: American Symbols 
  • Topic 2: U.S. Mint Chief Engravers
  • Topic 3: Famous Coin Designers
  • Topic 4: 18-19th Century Designs
  • Topic 5: 20-21st Century Designs

6.5 – Emblems of America (Lady Liberty & American Eagle) Length: 28 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Early U.S. Coin Designs
  • Topic 2: Lady Liberty Designs
  • Topic 3: Heraldic Eagle Designs
  • Topic 4: Other Iconic Designs
  • Topic 5: Modern Coin Designs

7 - Coin Market Courses

7.1 – Four Coinage Segments (U.S. Metals Market) Length: 32 Minutes

  • Topic 1: 4 Areas of U.S. Coinage
  • Topic 2: Modern Bullion Coins
  • Topic 3: Collectible Coins
  • Topic 4: Pre-1933 Gold Coins
  • Topic 5: Investment Grade Coins

7.2 – Pre-1933 Gold (Semi-Numismatics) Length: 44 Minutes

  • Topic 1: The Gold Recall Act
  • Topic 2: Benefits Beyond Bullion
  • Topic 3: Pre-33 Generic Gold Coins
  • Topic 4: Certified Pre-33 Gold
  • Topic 5: Market Cycles 

7.3 – Coin Investing Essentials (Portfolio Strategies) Length: 38 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Investing Goals & Plan
  • Topic 2: Education & Networking
  • Topic 3: Portfolio Diversification
  • Topic 4: Portfolio Positioning
  • Topic 5: Critical Questions

7.4 – Coin Auctions (Buying & Selling) Length: 37 Minutes

  1. Topic 1: Early Coin Auctions 
  2. Topic 2: Auction Anatomy 
  3. Topic 3: Selling & Buying 
  4. Topic 4: Companies & Resources
  5. Topic 5: Online Auctions

5 – Coin Shows (Conventions & Expos) Length: 35 Minutes

  • Topic 1: Coin Show Anatomy
  • Topic 2: Local Clubs & Shows
  • Topic 3: Regional Coin Shows
  • Topic 4: National Coin Shows
  • Topic 5: Coin Show Strategies

8 - Currency Courses

8.1 – U.S. Currency History (Colonial to Contemporary Notes) Length: 35 Minutes

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8.2 – Engraving Artistry (The Story of America) Length: 43 Minutes

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8.3 – Notable Bills (America’s Most Iconic Bills) Length: 40 Minutes

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8.4 – Currency Errors (Money Mistakes) Length: 37 Minutes

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8.5 – Currency Counterfeiting (Security & Detection) Length: 28 Minutes

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