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American Numismatic Society Enews, October 2010

153rd Annual Meeting

The ANS 153rd Annual Meeting will be head on Saturday, October 23rd at 3:00pm. In addition to remarks and presentations by Officers and staff, election of Trustees and a sale of duplicate items from the ANS Library will take place. A reception will follow.

Nominations for Trustees, Officers, and Fellows of the Society can be read here. For more information, contact Megan Fenselau at (212) 571-4470 ext 117,

ANS Lecture

On Tuesday, November 9, 2010 the ANS will host Matthew F. Erskine, Trustee of The Kittredge Numismatic Foundation. Mr. Erskine will present a lecture entitled "The Kittredge Numismatic Foundation: A Digital Resource of Talers". The Kittredge Numismatic Foundation has a unique, searchable online catalog for professional researchers and personal collectors. This talk focuses on how this site was developed from the personal collection of John Kittredge which includes a large collection of the historically and artistically significant Talers of early modern Europe.

5:30 pm Reception
6:00 pm Lecture
75 Varick Street, Floor 11
New York NY 10013
RSVP & Government ID required
Lecture details

To RSVP or for more information please contact Megan Fenselau at 212-571-4470 ex.117,

ANS Gala

The recipients of the 2011 American Numismatic Society Trustees’ Award are Mr. Ira Goldberg and Mr. Lawrence Goldberg. Ira and Larry will be honored at the 2011 Annual Dinner Gala held at the Waldorf-Astoria on Thursday, January 6th.

If you would like to honor Ira and Larry while simultaneously supporting the ANS, please consider sponsoring a table, taking a gala program advertisement, donating an auction item (valued $250 or above), or purchasing individual tickets.

To find out how you can participate visit the 2011 Gala Page or contact Megan Fenselau (212) 571-4470 ext 117,

Staff News

Gilles Bransbourg has been hired as a Roman curator/researcher for a joint one-year appointment with the ANS and The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) of New York University. Gilles graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, has worked as financial advisor and was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns until 2005. He has been working since then on completing his PhD thesis in Roman economic history at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and is currently associated with ISAW. Bransbourg Staff page

Sebastian Heath, who first joined the ANS in 1999, has been appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Ancient Studies at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. Sebastian will keep the title Research Scientist at the ANS where he will continue to work on issues of digital publication and access to the curatorial database. Heath Staff Page

After serving for six years as ANS editor, Muserref Yetim has accepted an assistant professorship in the Wilf Family Department of Politics at New York University, where she has taught as adjunct faculty. She is currently teaching two graduate courses: Political Economy of Natural Resource Conflicts; and International Political Economy.

Numismatica Genevensis Auction

Duplicate items from the ANS Collection from the late 19th and 20th Century Europe are being offered for sale through Numismatica Genevensis SA of Geneva, Switzerland(NG SA) sale No, 6 on Wednesday, December 1, 2010. Live bidding and a virtual catalogue are available on the NG SA website ANS duplicate items(lots 305-320) are viewable on page 98 of the virtual catalogue.

Q. David Bowers Medal - Order by 10/31/2010

The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the limited edition of the ANS Medal honoring numismatist Q. David Bowers. The medal will be minted in both silver and bronze and will be available only by subscription until October 31, 2010. In 2006 the ANS honored Q. David Bowers for his contributions to numismatic scholarship and for promoting coin collecting to a broad and growing audience. Bowers was awarded a uniface medal, designed by Alexander Shagin, which is being issued by popular demand as a two-sided medal. Order Now

New ANS Publication - American Art Medals

American Art Medals, 1909-1995 by David T. Alexander
Hardback, illus., ISBN 978-0-89722-317-1.
List Price: $150 Pre-order through January 15, 2010: $95 (plus S & H)
American Art Medals, 1909–1995 is the first comprehensive study of the two most important series of art medals produced in the United States: the medals of the Circle of Friends of the Medallion (1909–1915) and those of the Society of Medalists (1930–1995). Together, these two series offer an unmatched panorama of American medallic sculpture in the twentieth century.

In addition to cataloguing the issues of these two medallic art organizations, this book features an innovative effort to record the different colors and patinas in which the medals were issued. Especially for the Society of Medalists, whose long history meant that different production batches of a particular medal might have been made several decades apart, this hitherto neglected dimension in the study of art medals shows how changes in the surface finish can yield truly startling variations in the visual impact of a design. Pre-order Now

Pre-order Deadline For Massachusetts Silver Book Extended

The Silver Coins of Massachusetts: Classification, Minting Technique, Atlas by Christopher J. Salmon
Hardback, illus., 304 pp., ISBN 978-0-89722-316-0.

List Price: $95.00 Pre-order through ""December 15 2010"": $60

The Silver Coins of Massachusetts is a splendidly illustrated review of these coins, employing the latest historical and numismatic evidence as well as novel scientific analysis. Minting technique is explored in detail. All varieties of the coinage are newly classified with a consistent yet flexible taxonomic system that lists the varieties in chronological order and can readily accommodate potential future discoveries. The book includes a fully illustrated atlas that details important characteristic features. Order Now

Digitization Sponsorship

Special thanks to the sponsors of our Collections Digitization initiative. In 2010, over 10,000 new objects have been digitized and are available on the ANS online collections database. Most recently more than 500 pieces of colonial currency have been added online and the entire collection of more than 1,500 pieces of colonial currency should be completed by the end of the year.

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

New Exhibit in the ANS Library Rare Book Room

As of October 23rd, a new exhibit entitled Bound For Glory: Exotic Bindings in the ANS Library Collections will be on view in the Harry W. Bass Library Rare Book Room. Preview the Exhibit Online. Please call ahead to schedule a viewing (212) 571-4470 ext 170.

ANS Library New Arrivals

For a list of recent acquisitions to the library, visit:

British Museum Issues Medal

A new medal by Linda Crook celebrates Joe Cribb’s role as Keeper of Coins and Medals at the British Museum from 2003 to 2010. An eminent numismatist with a particular interest in the coins of Asia, Joe is the author of numerous books and articles on a wide range of numismatic subjects. Highlights of his forty years at the British Museum include the 1986 exhibition Money from Cowrie Shells to Credit Cards and the creation of the Museum’s ground-breaking Money Gallery. The medal features symbolic animals derived from South Asian coins along with an invented coin inscription quoting Chairman Mao: ‘Let the past serve the present.’ The medal may be purchased for £320. Cheques should be made payable to the British Museum and sent to Janet Larkin, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum, London WC1B 3DG, UK. For more information, contact Medal Image and Ordering Detail

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