American Numismatic Association
On October 7, 1891, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) was founded in Chicago, Illinois.
In the 1800s, Dr. George F. Heath enjoyed learning world history by studying his coin collection. However, living in a small town in Michigan, it was hard for him to acquire new coins and meet fellow numismatists (coin collectors). At the time, there were numismatic societies in larger cities, but they didn’t reach the smaller towns.