American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

American Numismatic Society E-News, January 2010

Year End Appeal

Thank you to all who have so generously given to the Year End Appeal. There is still time to give. The focus of this year's appeal is improving our online presence via the launch of a new library catalogue and the addition of over 50,000 images of coins, medals and other objects to the online collections database. Please consider contributing to this important project. Donations can be made online at For more information, please contact the Development Office at (212) 571-4470 ext 117,

Upcoming ANS Exhibit at the Fed

An exciting development this Spring is the ANS partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and United States Secret Service to create a new exhibition at the Bank devoted to the Secret Service’s work to catch counterfeiters of US currency. The exhibition will feature forged notes from seizures around the globe, as well as never before seen photographs of the counterfeiting operations and the ingenious methods used to smuggle their products into the US. Full details will follow soon! Watch out for an illustrated article on the exhibit in the ANS Magazine.

ANS Curator to Lecture in Texas

Dr. Peter van Alfen, Margaret Thompson associate curator of Greek coins will present a lecture entitled "Designing the Beautiful: Economics and Politics in the Art of Ancient Greek Coins" Sunday, February 21, 2010, 3 pm at the San Antonio Art Museum. For more details, please visit

ANS Library Naming Contest

In 2010, the ANS Library will launch a new and improved library catalog. This catalog needs a name. We ask the creative minds of the numismatic community to help with this. The person who submits the name that is chosen will win a $100 ANS gift certificate, which can be used for a wide variety of ANS purchases, including publications, library services, membership, and more. The contest deadline is February 15, 2010, so make sure to get your ideas in before then! Over 50 submissions have already been made. To submit your entry, please email or mail your entry to the attention of Elizabeth Hahn at the ANS headquarters in NYC. You can submit as many entries as you like. For details visit

2010 Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar

The 56th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics will be held June 7 through July 30, 2010. Applications are due February 12, 2010. Stipends in the amount of $4,000 are available on a competitive basis. For application forms and further information, please see the Summer Seminar page of our website:, or contact the Seminar Co-Director, Dr. Peter van Alfen,

2010 Gala Recap

The ANS Annual Dinner Gala in honor of Mr. Victor England, Jr. held on January 7th, 2010 was a great success. Attendance was at a record high and the entire event raised over $200,000 for ANS programs and operations. We would like to thank our many generous sponsors, advertisers, gift bag contributors, auction donors, and attendees for their support and participation. A recap of the gala, including images will be featured in the Spring 2010 ANS Magazine. For a full list of Gala Sponsors, please visit

Kolbe Auction Recap

On January 9th, 2010, George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books sold at public auction 100 lots of duplicate items from the American Numismatic Society Library. The sale was held in conjunction with that of 400 highlights from the Stack Family numismatic library. Items were auctioned off at the Waldorf-Astoria, while the lot viewing took place during the two preceding days at the ANS headquarters. The ANS duplicates included a large number of important auction catalogs, including sales of Hirsch, Ratto, Rollin & Feuardent, and more. Funds from the sale will be used for the benefit of the care and future development of the library collections. In general, bids were strong and the overall sale was a success. Many thanks to all that gave their time to ensure that this was a successful event.

Library New Arrivals

View the ANS library's most recent acquisitions:

Advertise with ANS Magazine

For more information on advertising in the award-winning ANS Magazine, visit or contact the advertising editor at

Support ANS through

Support the ANS by shopping at Just click on the Amazon link below or on the front page of the ANS website each time you plan on purchasing any product through Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the American Numismatic Society! Be sure to check out the Library page for recent acquisitions and ANS staff recommendations. Shop Amazon Now: