This is the first sample with the ANA label. It was previously
unknown until several months ago when a couple of them were
found. ANACS does not have any records of how many were made
and I doubt few survive today after 13 years. The coin is low
enough of a value that many people may not have saved them.
I believe they actually graded this one right and tried to grade
each one individually from the few I have seen. No higher denomination
than a dime is known in an ANACS holder from the ANA.
This sample suprised me when I saw it becuase of the larger
coin inside. I was expecting a dime like ANACS 1, but this one
has a Washington quarter inside. The label type and word placement
is the same and seems to have been made about the same time
period. Keep your eyes open for more of these as they seem rarer
than the dime samples.
An identical slab to ANACS 1 but I gave this a separate number
since this is the first one known with a Lincoln cent inside.
It was from the same time period as ANACS 1 and possibly given
out at the same show/shows. No one knows or can remember that
far back, but they couldn’t have been made long since
the company was sold within a year.
Now here is an interesting one. Issued during early 1990 or
1991 when Amos Press first owned the service, it has a yellow
label and was kind of a spin off of PCI’s red label (problem
coins). ANACS would certify the problem coin as “Genuine”
but would only note the problem without a grade as seen here
with this Steel cent. “Not Graded” but with a “Corroded”
label. “ANACS” under printing is in green like usual,
but the label is a bright yellow. It was meant to attract your
eye and scream “problem!” to you. A really neat
This slab is very similar to ANACS 1 or 2 but with several
differences. It was produced between 1990 and 1991 when Amos
Press first acquired ANACS, but before the barcode was added
to the front. Amos Press followed closely in the steps of the
former ANACS for the first few years so that change would not
upset submitters, who would feel there was a difference in grading
standards. The layout on the label is the same as ANACS 1 and
even with the same denomination, date and mintmark coin but
with the “ANACS” under printing in green ink.
This ANACS sample has a Mexican 5 centavos coin inside. It
is not graded, and does not have the front barcode like ANACS
5. The lettering is smaller and the word "Sample"
appears on the top line with "ANACS. The coin is Mint State,
but not desingated as such or graded.
ANACS 5 is the most recent sample to come out of ANACS. They
was given out at the 2003 Colorado Springs, CO coin show and
has a Mint State Canadian 5 cent piece inside. The label has
the barcode across the front but does not say sample anywhere
on the label. It is still technically a sample since they were
handed out at a show for free to all that wanted one. Three
grades were present (MS63, MS64 and MS65) and ANACS graded each
This world coin was given out around the same time as ANACS
5, but does not say the word sample on the label.
This sample was given out at the 2003 ANA summer
convention held in Baltimore, MD. It is very different from ANACS
4.1 and ANACS 5. This one is graded, "ANACS" is dropped
and the serial number is added. The barcode is gone and the word
"sample" does not appear. A description of the coin
is added where the barcode should be.
An ANACS sample slab from the 2003 FUN (Florida
United Numismatists) show.
These were passed out at the ANACS table during
the National Silver Dollar Rountable which is a coin show dedicated
to just silver dollars. (ICG 21 and SEGS 5 also have the same
pedigree to this show).
This label type has a description of the coin on the label
like ANACS 6, but has the company's initials added before the
grade. The serial number is removed, and it makes this piece
even easier to identify as a sample slab.
This slab along with ANACS 8.1 was given out at the ANACS table
during the FUN 2003 show. I wish ANACS would put the word "sample"
on the label, but they haven't done so during the last few shows.
These two types came in different grades and I saw MS-64, MS-65
and MS-66 at the show.
The word “sample” is added back to the label along
with the ANACS website. This is the first sample to have the
ANACS website along with a pedigree to the show. The label has
so much writing that they took off the barcode just to make
Brian Fanton’s “Intro to Numismatics” ANA
Summer Seminar class were the first to get the new holder types
sample slabs. 20 of them were made and all have the Ohio Quarter
ANACS started making samples for shows around the same time
ANACS 10 was produced, a good 6 months after the new holder
was introduced. This type has the Ocean View Nickel inside and
the words “Compliments of ANACS.” The font is smaller
than ANACS 11 and can easily be seen when the two types are
At the ANA Denver show in August, 2006, these larger font nickel
samples were given out. The word “CHOICE” touches
the outside border while ANACS 11 does not.
ANACS 12 was produced for the Denver ANA Pre-show held in the
Denver Tech Center. 200 were made and given out.
This type was made in much larger quantities than the pre-show
type and has the pedigree to the show on the label.
Like ANACS 14, this type has the “celebrating our move
to Austin” on the label. A few hundred of this type were
made and passed out at the Denver ANA show in 2006.
A different denomination that ANACS 12.1, this type was also
made for the Denver ANA show and several hundred were produced
of each type.
This type was also given out at the ANA show and other shows
since. It has the Texas quarter inside and “celebrates
our move to Austin, TX.”
This sample has a much smaller production than the previous
ones. It was made for the 2006 Long Beach show and 80 of them
were produced. They all contain a 1964 Lincoln cent and have
“SAMPLE RED” where the grade would go.