American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

ANS Enews, November 2011

2011 Year End Appeal

Thank you to everyone who has helped us during this year. 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 for all our members and friends we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012.

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

2012 ANS Gala - Contributors Needed

The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the honorees for the 2012 Dinner Gala. The recipient of the Trustees’ Award is Harlan J. Berk. The recipient of the inaugural Distinguished Service Award is Frederic G. Withington. Mr. Berk and Mr. Withington will be honored on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

We are currently looking for sponsors, program advertisers, and auction donors. Preferred auction items include coins, medals, historical items, rare books, and artwork. Please contact the Membership office for details at, (212) 571-4470 ext. 117.

For more information about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please visit the 2012 Gala page.

Eric P. 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.

Numismatic Conversations with Robert Wilson Hoge

As part of our ongoing Numismatic Conversations series, ANS Curator of North American Coins and Currency, Robert Wilson Hoge, will present "Massachusetts Silver in the ANS: Genuine and Counterfeit" on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Mr. Hoge will present examples of all types and denominations of the Massachusetts issues and discuss their characteristics.

Space is limited, and will be made available on a first come-first served basis. RSVP required to (212) 571-4470 ext 117, Details here.

ANS at the San Francisco Historical Bourse

ANS Deputy Director Andrew Meadows and ANS Adjunct Curator David Hendin will attend the San Francisco Historical Bourse, December 9-10. Mr. Hendin will present a lecture entitled "Cultural Change - Early Jewish and Christian Coins" on Friday, December 9th at 6pm in the Oregon Room. For further details or to download a discount admission coupon, please visit the SF Bourse web page.

ANS in the Press

ANS Curator of Roman Coins, Gilles Bransbourg recently published an article on what Ancient Rome could teach us about the Euro's flaws in Newsweek Magazine. To read this article online, click here.

ANS unveils ARCHER

The American Numismatic Society is pleased to unveil the new interactive ANS archival search tool, ARCHER ( ARCHER (ARCHival Electronic Resource) provides access to the ANS’ unrivalled collection of unique archival material, through a series of simple search screens. To read the full press release, click here.

New ANS Library Exhibit Now Online

In conjunction with the newly opened John W. Adams Rare Book Room exhibit, an online version of the exhibit "Lots of Lots: Auction Catalogs in the ANS Library" is now available here.

Recent Acquisitions

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

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