American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

American Numismatic Society E-News, October 2009

ANS Annual Meeting

The 152nd Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, October 24th, at 3pm. Remarks and presentations will be given by Officers and Staff and the election of Trustees will be held. Recent acquisitions to the ANS Collection will also be on view, including items from the Korein Collection bequest of Gobrecht dollars. A sale of duplicate items from the ANS Library and a reception will follow. 2009 Nominations for Trustees, Officers, and Fellows of the Society can be read here:

COAC Recap

The American Numismatic Society held a Stack Family Coinage of the Americas Conference dedicated to Saint-Gaudens and his Numismatic Legacy on Saturday, October 10, 2009, at its headquarters in New York City. Over thirty members attended the event, at which experts on Saint-Gaudens and interested collectors, scholars and dealers discussed the master sculptor’s medallic productions. For a full recap of the successful event, click here.

Upcoming Lecture

Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, curator of Islamic and Iranian coins at the British Museum, will present a lecture entitled “Persian gods and kings: the coins of ancient Iran” on Wednesday, November 18th 2009. Reception begins at 5:30pm, lecture at 6:00pm. Please RSVP by Monday November 16th to Megan Fenselau in the Membership Office (, 212-571-4470 ext 117) Details Here.

New Exhibition

From ancient Greek and Roman, Islamic and South Asian coinages, to rare and valuable U.S. coins and contemporary artists and industrial medals, ANS members and other generous donors continue to fill gaps in the ANS Collection with important new acquisitions. A new exhibition of ANS recent acquisitions will be on view beginning October 23rd, 2009 in the gallery at ANS Headquarters. For directions and exhibition hours, please visit

New Library Exhibition

From the early numismatic literature of the 16th century, title pages have frequently accompanied many of the great numismatic publications. From Bude to Goltzius to Patin, this exhibit will take a look at some of these elaborately designed title pages and frontispieces that often appear in many books from the 16th century to the present. Items on display will come from the ANS Library's own collections and will demonstrate the importance of this resource to the numismatic community. The exhibit will be open from October 23rd, 2009 in the library of the ANS Headquarters. For details about the exhibition, please visit:

ANS Gala

Save the date for the Annual Dinner Gala honoring Victor England, Jr. of Classical Numismatic Group Inc. on Thursday, January 7th, 2010 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available and auction donations are much appreciated. Click here to view the press release or for more information or contact Megan Fenselau in the Membership Office, (212) 571-4470 ext 117,

Sage Trip – Turkey and the Greek Islands

Sage Society members should confirm plans to attend the September 19-26 2010 trip to Turkey and the Greek Islands. In conjunction with Westminster Classic Tours the ANS is organizing a cruise around Turkey and the Greek islands. Highlights will include visits to two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World at Ephesus and the Mausoleum. Tours of sites will be complemented by a program of numismatic talks by Deputy Director Andrew Meadows. The opportunity will also be taken to taste some of the fine wines produced in the region, to accompany the excellent local cuisine. For more information, contact Megan Fenselau in the Membership Department (212) 571-4470 ext 117, or visit

ANS Publications Featured in Mail-Bid Sale

Items consigned by the American Numismatic Society will be featured in the October 17th , 2009 Charles Davis Numismatic Literature mail bid sale. The catalogue can be downloaded at: Click Here for a list of ANS lots. Proceeds from the sale of ANS duplicate items will go towards the care and augmentation of the ANS library.

Farewell to ANS Archivist

Archivist Joseph Ciccone will be leaving the ANS in October to pursue a full-time corporate library position. We offer our sincere thanks to Joe for his five years of dedicated service. His work organizing and improving the archives has been invaluable. Many members will have enjoyed the fruits of his labors in his various ANS Magazine articles. One of Joe’s most recent acheivements has been the creation of a full list of archives held at the ANS:

Library New Arrivals

View the ANS library's most recent acquisitions: