American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

American Numismatic Society Enews, June 2011

Mid-Year Appeal

Please consider a gift to the ANS Mid-Year Appeal. Your generosity will help us continue to provide all our services to you and anyone else interested in numismatics. We know that many of you appreciate the ANS Magazine, the website, the expert curatorial advice, the Librarian’s prompt responses and so much more. Your ongoing support makes this possible. To read the Executive Director's appeal letter, donate online, or download a mail-in form, please visit our Development Page.

In Memory of F. Gordon Frost

On March 2, 2011, Gordon Frost, a Fellow and donor of the American Numismatic Society unexpectedly passed away at the age of 75. At the suggestion and with the active support of his devoted wife of almost 45 years, Rosalie, the ANS wishes to commemorate Gordon Frost’s life-long passion for numismatics and books by naming a section of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Library after him. For further details or to donate online, click here.

Ancient Coins & The Cultural Property Debate

The ANS has a long tradition of scholarly numismatic research and publication, often based upon the availability of information about the source of ancient coins, and thus supports efforts to preserve contextual information. On the other hand, much of the membership of the ANS consists of coin collectors and dealers, who have a strong interest in preserving the right to collect ancient coins. In the interest of informing its membership (and the public at large) on the issues involved, we have inaugurated a series of articles in ANS Magazine on various topics relating to ancient numismatics and the cultural property debate. An extended version of the print article is available to view online here. All subsequent articles within this column will be published online as well.

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Fowler Lecture

On Friday, July 8th, Prof. Kevin Butcher, Department of Classics and Ancient History, Warwick University, will present the Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture entitled The Miracle of Roman Monetary Stability. Prof. Butcher’s research interests include Greek and Roman coinage, particularly the civic and provincial coinages of the Roman empire; and the Hellenistic and Roman Near East, particularly coastal Syria and Lebanon. The lecture will raise the question of why the Roman currency system apparently remained stable for such a long time (and whether that apparent stability is real.)

5:30 pm Reception
6:00 pm Lecture

75 Varick Street, Floor 11
New York NY 10013

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

Summer Seminar Update

The Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar is now in full swing, with seven eager students delving into the study of numismatics. Lectures are open to members on a limited basis. Please consult the Seminar Schedule and contact Rick Witschonke ( for more information on attending a lecture.

ANS Librarian at WESS Meeting, New Orleans

On Saturday, June 25th, ANS Librarian Elizabeth Hahn will be speaking about the many resources and developments of the ANS Library at the WESS (Western European Studies Section) meeting taking place at the 2011 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Details will be listed on the conference website.

ANS Librarian at NBS Meeting, Chicago

On Friday, August 19th at 11:30pm ANS Librarian Elizabeth Hahn will be speaking at the Numismatic Bibliomania Society General Meeting at the ANA World's Fair of Money in Chicago about the new and improved ANS Library catalog and other recent library activities. Room to be announced at the convention.

ANS Attends World's Fair of Money

We invite all members and friends to stop by the ANS table at the upcoming World's Fair of Money convention in Rosemont, IL August 16th-20th. We value the chance to meet and catch up with you. If you are available to volunteer at the ANS table, please contact Megan Fenselau in the Membership Office (212-571-4470 ext 117, For more information about the World's Fair of Money visit the ANA Website.

ANS Publications

Coinage of the Caravan Kingdoms: Ancient Arabian Coins from the Collection of Martin Huth (Ancient Coins in North American Collections 10, 2011) and Coinage of the Caravan Kingdoms - Studies in the Monetization of Ancient Arabia (Numismatic Studies No. 25, 2010) by Martin Huth and Peter G. van Alfen will be shipping in just a matter of weeks. To place an order, please visit the Publications Page.

Library New Arrivals

For a list of recent Harry W. Bass, Jr. Library acquisitions, visit the Library New Arrivals page.

Medallic Sculpture Symposium

The American Medallic Sculpture Association and the National Sculpture Society present a Medallic Sculpture Symposium at Brookgreen Sculpture Gardens, July 15th through 16th. Details available here.

David Hendin's Excavation Blog

ANS adjunct curator David Hendin returned from a successful season as numismatist for Duke University's Sepphoris Research Project in Israel. Hendin wrote a regular blog during the excavations at