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American Numismatic Society Enews, September 2011

New ANS Publication - Cultural Change

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 available while supplies last. Please visit the ANS Store 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. To read to recent write-up in the NY Times, click here.

Ancient Coins & The Cultural Property Debate

The second article in our "Ancient Coins & The Cultural Property Debate" series in ANS Magazine was contributed by ANS Trustee Peter K. Tompa. An extended version of the print article is available to view on our Digital Publications Page(see Non-XML Files).

Numismatic Conversations

As part of our ongoing Numismatic Conversations series, ANS Deputy Director Dr. Andrew Meadows will present "Coinage and civic pride in the Greek world" on Wednesday September 7th at 5:30pm. Dr. Meadows will talk about the remarkable shift in Greek civic coin design that occurred after the death of Alexander the Great. On view will be specimens from the ANS' fine collection of Hellenistic civic tetradrachms, as well as coins of Alexander's successors. Pre-registration required to, 212-571-4470 ext 117. Details here.

Coinage of the Caravan Kingdoms Book Signing and Lecture

On Thursday, September 15th, 2011 join Dr. Peter van Alfen and Mr. Martin Huth, co-authors of Coinage of the Caravan Kingdoms: Ancient Arabian Coins from the Collection of Martin Huth (ACNAC 10) and Coinage of the Caravan Kingdoms (Numismatic Studies No. 25), for a Details available here. To RSVP or for more information please contact Megan Fenselau at 212-571-4470 ex.117 or

ANS Attends Whitman Expo, Philadelphia

Please stop by the ANS Booth at the upcoming Whitman Coins & Collectibles Expo in Philadelphia, September 15-17th. Purchase ANS publications, renew your membership, or just stop by to speak with ANS staff. For more information, visit the Whitman Expo site.

Krause-Mishler Forum

On Thursday, October 20th Dr. Tuukka Talvio of the National Museum, Helsinki, will present "Finnish Monetary History, Between the East and the West" at the 2011 Krause-Mishler Forum. Details available here.

Recent Accolades

We are delighted to share that many of our ANS Publications have recently received awards. Congratulations to all winners.

  • Professional Numismatists Guild, Robert Friedberg Award: David T. Alexander's American Art Medals 1909-1995
  • Numismatic Literary Guild Best Token and Medal Book: David T. Alexander's American Art Medals 1909-1995
    *Numismatic Literary Guild, Best Book U.S. Coins: Christopher J. Salmon's Silver Coins of Massachusetts
  • Numismatic Literary Guild, Best Issue, Large Club Publications:ANS Magazine, Summer 2010
  • Numismatic Literary Guild, James L. Miller Memorial Award: Ute Wartenberg Kagan, "Funny Money: The Fight of the U.S. Secret Service Against Counterfeit Money" ANS Magazine Summer 2010
  • Numismatic Literary Guild, Clement F. Bailey Memorial Award: Joshua Illingworth "Silk Flags, Silver Medals, and a Crystal Palace: The American Institute as a Catalyst for American Ingenuity, 1828-1897" ANS Magazine, Winter 2010

154th Annual Meeting

The ANS 154th Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 22nd 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, and Officers of the Society can be read here. For more information, contact Megan Fenselau at (212) 571-4470 ext 117,

2012 Augustus B. Sage Society Trip

Next year's Sage Society trip will offer the chance to visit some of the great archaeological sites and Museums of Israel and Jordan. Highlights will include visits to Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea and Petra. The trip will take place in the early Spring of 2012 and will led by one of the foremost experts on the coinage of Holy Land, ANS Adjunct Curator David Hendin. For further information on the Sage Society or the trip, please contact Megan Fenselau at (212) 571-4470 ext 117, or visit the Sage Society page for updates.

2012 ANS Gala Honorees

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. To read the full press release, please visit our Press Release page. For more information about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please visit the 2012 Gala page.

Recent Acquisitions

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

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

Advertise in ANS Magazine

The ANS would like to thank all of our magazine Advertisers. It is with their support that the ANS Magazine is now being issued 4 times a year. Ads for 2011 Issue no. 4 will be due on Nov. 1. Ad sizes range from business card size to a full page. For more information on placing an Ad, pricing and special discounts, visit the ANS Magazine page or contact Joanne Isaac at 212-571-4470 ext. 112.