American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

Happy Holidays & Annual Appeal

On behalf of the ANS staff and Board of Trustees we extend our deepest thanks and well wishes for the coming year to all of our members and supporters. It is with the support from our members and friends that we are able to continue to provide excellence in numismatic research, to continue to build our collections, and to make numismatics more accessible to more people throughout the globe. The ANS is looking forward to continued prosperity and success in the year ahead and we hope you can help by contributing to the 2011 Year End Appeal.

To read the full appeal letter, donate online, or download a mail-in donation form, please visit the Development page.

2012 ANS Gala - Tickets Available

The American Numismatic Society Gala will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. We will be honoring Harlan J. Berk with the Trustees' Award and Frederic G. Withington with the Distinguished Service Award. We hope you can join us for cocktails and hors oeuvres, dinner, dancing, an illusionist, live and silent auctions, and much more.

Tickets are still available for purchase and we are currently looking for sponsors and auction donors. Preferred auction items include coins, medals, historical items, rare books, and artwork. Please visit the 2012 Gala page for details or contact the Membership office at, (212) 571-4470 ext. 117.

Gala Roster of Supporters

Whether or not you are able to attend the event on January 5th, you are cordially invited to participate in our Gala Roster. For a tax-deductible contribution of as little as $20, your name, the name of your company, a colleague or loved one will be listed on a Roster of Supporters at the Gala, in the Gala program, on the ANS website and in a forthcoming issue of ANS Magazine.

To view the roster, contribute online, or print out a mailback order form, please visit the 2012 Gala Roster of Supporters.


Please be sure to visit the ANS table in the Rotunda at the upcoming New York International Coin Convention at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, January 6 through 8, 2012. ANS Publications and Library Duplicates will be on sale at our table. For details, visit the NY International Coin Convention page.


ANS Staff will attend the upcoming 2012 Arochaeological Institute of America/American Philological Association Joint Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 6 through 8. A joint ANS/Friends of Numismatics Meeting will be held during the weekend. Check our web calendar for updates.

2012 Stephen K. Scher Lecture

On Thursday, February 2, 2012 the ANS is pleased to hold the Stephen K. Scher Lecture with speaker Andrea Bayer, Associate Curator in the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dr. Bayer will present Exploring the Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini. 5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Lecture
A subscription dinner will be held following the event at a nearby restaurant. Tickets are $80 per person, pre-registration required. Rsvp required to (212) 571-4470 ext 117. Details available here.

2011 Huntington Medal Award

The ANS is pleased to announce Dr. Richard G. Doty as the recipeint of the 2011 Huntington Medal Award. The award is conferred annually in honor of the late Archer M. Huntington in recognition of outstanding career contributions to numismatic scholarship. Dr. Doty is Curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Huntington Medal Award Ceremony and Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 5:30pm at ANS headquarters. Details here.

2012 E.P. Newman Graduate Seminar - Deadline Approaching

Applications for the 2012 Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics are due no later than February 10, 2012. A limited number of stipends of up to $4000 are available to US and Canadian citizens, and non-US citizens studying at US institutions under J-1 visas. For application forms and further information, please see the Summer Seminar page or contact the Seminar Co-Director, Dr. Peter van Alfen (; 212-571-4470, x153).

Newman Medal

Eric P. Newman, America’s foremost numismatist, collector, and scholar celebrated his 100th birthday on May 25, 2011. In his honor and in recognition of his numerous achievements, the American Numismatic Society commissioned Philadelphia artist Amy Kann to create a bas relief portrait of Mr. Newman. At his birthday celebration held in NYC, ANS Chairman of the Board, Kenneth L. Edlow, presented Mr. Newman with the framed relief portrait.

A two-sided limited edition medal will utilize the design of the original 7.75 x 9.875 inch bas relief portrait of Mr. Newman on the front. The reverse depicts Mr. Newman seated and reading at a desk. The Newman medal will be struck in both bronze and silver after the subscription closes on January 13, 2012. For more information and to order this medal, please visit the ANS Store.

Cultural Change - Limited Edition Copies Still Available

Cultural Change: Jewish, Christian and Islamic Coins of the Holy Land is a full color catalogue of all the coins featured in the ANS’ acclaimed temporary exhibit of the same name. All coins are illustrated in full color, with explanatory text, illustrations of related material, maps and family-trees. The volume serves as the ideal introduction to the coinage of the Holy Land, as well as providing a history of the region from the 4th century BC to Crusader times, illustrated by the coinage that was produced there. As such, it contains some of the earliest Jewish coins, as well as the earliest to bear overtly Christian symbolism.

A limited supply of signed and numbered copies are still available while supplies last. Please visit the for details.

Cultural Change: Coins of the Holy Land from the Collection of Abraham and Marian Scheuer Sofaer is on view at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Recent Acquisitions

For a list of ANS Library new arrivals, click here.

For a list of recent acquisitions to the ANS Collection, click here.

Holiday Closings

Monday, December 19, ANS Early Closing at 1:45pm
Monday, December 26, ANS Closed in Celebration of Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 27, ANS Closed
Monday, January 2, ANS Closed in celebration of New Years Day