American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society



Deputy Director, Annual Report 2010

by Dr. Andrew Meadows

Income and Expenditure

The treasurer has presented his report on the overall financial health of the Society. I want here just to highlight, with the aid of a few graphs, some trends in the areas of income and expenditure. Revenue for advertising in the Magazine is down this year after a particularly good year last year. This is perhaps to be expected in a category that seeing a decline across the entire industry. Nonetheless, we must continue to encourage our friends in the numismatic trade to support us by advertising in the Magazine, and thank the many who already do. Publication income remains relatively consistent, a good achievement when only one book was published. Next year with in the order of five books to appear should see a marked improvement. Thanks to Elena Stolyarik, our income from photography and loans continues to rise. And Elizabeth Hahn’s efforts to generate income from Library services are dramatically illustrated in the final graph. Expenditure, as the Treasurer has already reported, remains tightly under control. One graph illustrates this in the categories of occupancy costs here in the new space, and staff salaries. We remain committed to keeping operating costs affordable, and I must here thank all members of staff for their efforts to maintain constant levels of service to our members and the public in ever more efficient ways.

Publications

This has been a very busy year in the Publications Department, the fruits of which will soon be visible in a slew of new books. We have published, as usual, three issues of the Magazine, three issues of the Colonial Newsletter and a volume each of the AJN and Numismatic Literature. August also saw the publication (jointly with the Royal Numismatic Society) of Coin Hoards 10. Staff have otherwise been busy preparing four further volumes for imminent publication. C. Salmon’s The Silver Coins of Massachusetts, P. van Alfen and M. Huth’s Coinage of the Caravan Kingdoms, David Alexander’s American Art Medals, 1909-1995. The Circle of Friends of the Medallion and the Society of Medallists and Y. Meshorer et al. Coins of the Holy Land: The Abraham D. Sofaer Collection at The American Numismatic Society are all now in page-proof or with the printer. Significant editorial work has been undertaken on a further two titles: M. Beckmann’s Empress as Goddess: The Coinage of Diva Faustina the Elder; the translation of L.O. Tudeer’s Die tetradrachmenprägung von Syrakus in der periode der signierenden kunstler. Also in preparation now is Philip Mossman’s From Crime to Punishment: Counterfeit Money in Colonial and Pre-Federal North America. All seven of these volumes should see publication within the next twelve months.

A further exciting development in the Publications area is an agreement that has been reached jointly to create with Cambridge University Press a series of Guides to the Coinage of the Ancient World. The series, to be edited by the Deputy Director, is aimed at introducing coinage as a form of evidence into the teaching of history at undergraduate and graduate level. The volumes will be well illustrated and accessibly written. Eight titles have so far been agreed upon, and authors found for five of them: The Archaic Greek State; The Athenian Empire; The Empire of Alexander; The Hellenistic World and the Rise of Rome; The Roman Republic to c. 49 BC; The End of the Republic and the reign of Augustus; High Empire (AD 14-c. 192); The Crisis of the Roman Empire (c. 192-Diocletian); The Roman Provinces.

Sales and subscriptions are holding steady in most areas; however, magazine advertising revenue is down by 20%:

I must finish on a personal note with an expression of profound gratitude to our recently departed editor, Müşerref Yetim, for her hard work over the last few years on the publication programme. The current vibrancy of the publications programme is due in no small part to her management of it.

Digital Publication

A major focus in 2010 has been on a pilot project to digitize the Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards, originally published by the Society in 1973 on behalf of the International Numismatic Commission.

The aim of this project has been not only to place the volume in digital form on the web, but also to provide it with a permanent home through the assignment of stable URIs to each hoard. The project is embedded in a further initiative to similarly provide stable web IDs to numismatic concepts such as mints, findspots, and issuing authorities. The opportunity has also been taken therefore to enrich the information contained in IGCH by tagging it with references to these stable entities. This has further enabled basic mapping and chronological representation functions. The possibilities may now be seen to striking effect in a downloadable KML file viewable in Google Earth. And we have now begun to integrate coins form the ANS collection database into the project. All of the technical work on this project has been carried out by Sebastian Heath. Work on the data has been carried out by Aadya Bedi, Anouska Hamlin, Elizabeth Heintges and Julian Biber here at the ANS, and by Thomas Faucher at the Sorbonne. Additional funding has been provided by Stanford University, thanks to our new trustee, Professor Josh Ober. To all we are very grateful.

Digitization

Since January 2010, an increased staff effort has been applied to the creation of digital images to populate the online collection database. To this end two full-time, temporary members of staff have been taken on to capture images themselves, as well as to improve the speed of work (and the lower the cost per image) of our freelance professional photographer. This has allowed us to add on average 7000 new images (obv. and rev. of 3500 coins) to the database per month. Significant donations to this project by Dan Holmes, Mike Gasvoda, Doug Rohrman and Ken Edlow have determined the areas so far prioritized (US large cents; Roman early imperial; Renaissance medals; Indian peace medals). The current numbers of images, by department are:

Percentages of the collection completed may be shown thus:

Work on this project will continue in 2011, and we continue to solicit help from our members in funding the digitization of different elements of the collection.