American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

American Numismatic Society E-News, March 2010

Upcoming ANS Exhibit at the Fed

An exciting development this Spring is the ANS partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the United States Secret Service to create a new exhibition devoted to the Secret Service’s work. Funny Money: The Fight of the U.S. Secret Service against Counterfeit Money 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 U.S. The exhibit will be on view at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from April 9, 2010 through December 31, 2011. For details visit:

New Exhibit in Sage Society Room

A new exhibit entitled Ophthalmologia in Nummis is now on view at ANS headquarters in the Augustus B. Sage Society Room. Featuring items from the collection of Sage Society member, Jay M. Galst, M.D., this exhibit explores the representation of ophthalmology, as a medical specialty, in numismatics. For more information on visiting the ANS Galleries, visit

ANS Coins Featured in Exhibit

16 items from the ANS Collection are featured in the exhibit Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor. This exhibit is now on view at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. through May 30, 2010. For a list of other exhibits featuring items from the ANS Collection, please visit

Support the Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar

The Eric. P Newman Graduate Summer Seminar has provided graduate students and junior faculty with rigorous training in numismatic research for over half a century. The ANS has received an excellent crop of applications for the 2010 Seminar, including some outstanding Islamicists. We will have Islamic numismatic scholars Stefan Heidemann, Jere Bachrach, and Michael Bates lecturing and advising the students, and Romanist Berhard Woytek of Vienna as our Visiting Scholar. Currently the ANS is only able to offer financial support ($4000 each) to half of the students we accept for the seminar. In increasingly difficult economic times, we would like to be able to offer some support to all candidates who qualify for a place. If you can make even a small contribution to help underwrite a student it would be very much appreciated. The possibility also exists to create named studentships. To donate or discuss the possibility of an endowment, please contact Megan Fenselau in the Membership Office (212) 571-4470 ext 117, or visit to donate online via PayPal or Credit Card.

ANS Digitization Project

Work is now well under way on the project to digitize the ANS coin collection. Frequent visitors to our online database ( will have noticed substantial additions in various areas. Thanks to a generous gift from ANS Trustee Dan Holmes, all of the US Large Cents down to 1814 are now illustrated. In the Greek world, all coins of ancient Thessaly can now be viewed, and a selection of highlights from the Islamic and Asian cabinet are also available.

Is there a particular group of coins you would like to see digitized and available for public view? For details of how to sponsor particular sections of the collection for digitization please contact the Membership Office, (212) 571-4470 ext 117,

ANS in Providence

ANS Research Scientist Sebastian Heath will be giving the talk "Time machines: Placing a theory of time in the Roman economy" at the Theoretical Archaeology Group conference to be held at Brown University from Friday, April 30th to Sunday, May 2nd, 2010. Further information about the conference is available at

ANS in Athens

ANS Deputy Director Dr. Andrew Meadows will present a lecture entitled 'The Chian Revolution: Changing patterns of hoarding in 4th-century BC Western Asia Minor' on Friday, April 16, 2010 at the Monetary Circulation in the Ancient Greek World, Athens, Greece. Please visit the conference website for further information.

ANS in Warsaw

Dr. Peter van Alfen, Margaret Thompson Associate Curator of Greek Coinage, has been invited to give a series of lectures at the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw (Poland). The lectures, focusing on his work on imitative coinage, the political economy of coinage, early Arabian coinage, and nautical archaeology, will take place during the week of April 18-24, 2010. Dr. van Alfen will also join his host, Prof. Aleksander Bursche, and students on a trip to visit the coin cabinet at the Bode Museum in Berlin where Dr. Bernhard Weisser, ANS Visting Scholar in 2007, will provide a tour.

Curator Awarded Fellowships

Dr. Peter van Alfen, Margaret Thompson Associate Curator of Greek Coinage, has been awarded two major fellowships, one from the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ) and another from the Loeb Foundation (Harvard University), that will allow him to take sabbatical leave in 2011 in order to finish his book, The Political Economy of Archaic Greek Coinage. Congratulations to Dr. van Alfen on his achievements.

Journey to the Birth of Coinage

ANS Members are invited to explore Turkey and the Greek Islands with ANS Deputy Director Dr. Andrew Meadows from August 29th through September 5th. In conjunction with Westminster Classic Tours the ANS is organizing a numismatic cruise with highlights including 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 Dr. Meadows. The opportunity will also be taken to taste some of the fine wines produced in the region and to sample the excellent local cuisine. Only a few spaces left! For more information or to view the full itinerary, visit or contact Megan Fenselau in the Membership Department (212) 571-4470 ext 117,

Library Catalog Naming Contest

Many thanks to everyone who submitted an entry for the ANS Library Catalog naming contest! We received over 70 entries and are currently reviewing all the suggestions. It is proving to be difficult to pick a winner from all of the clever possibilities. The winner will be announced and notified by April 15, 2010.

Library New Arrivals

Special rare books edition! This month, the new acquisitions page of the ANS Library is devoted to rare items. Featured on the list are a recent purchase and a number of items that were acquired during the Stack's Family auction that took place at the New York International Numismatic Convention in January, 2010. Rare books require more detail in cataloging, so most are still being processed and will not appear in the online catalog for some time, but they are temporarily on view in the rare book room of the ANS. To browse the items, please see :

2010 Membership & Subscription Renewals

It is easier than ever to renew your Membership or update your subscriptions online. Membership benefits include event invitations, discounts on publications and research fees, the award-winning ANS Magazine and more. We rely on our members for their continued support and participation. Please visit to renew.