American Numismatic Society
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ANS E-news, August 2012

Recent Accolades

Congratulations to ANS Curator of North American Coins and Currency, Robert Wilson Hoge, recipient of the 2012 Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing.

Congratulations to all the recipients of 2012 Numismatic Literary Guild awards:

Best Museum and Exhibition Catalog - Cultural Change: Jewish, Christian and Islamic Coins of the Holy Land by David Hendin

Non-Commercial Website, Extraordinary Merit -

Best Column, Large Club Publications, Extraordinary Merit - "Ancient Coins & the Cultural Property Debate", ANS Magazine (authors Rick Witschonke, Sebastian Heath, Peter Tompa and Roger Bland)

Extraordinary Merit - Coinage of the Caravan Kingdoms:Ancient Arabian Coins from the Collection of Martin Huth (Ancient Coins in North American Collections 10)

Best Numismatic Catalog - Shoshana Collection I (Heritage), contributors David Hendin and Herbert L. Kreindler

Heritage Lecture Series: Latin American Coinage

On Thursday, September 20th the third part of the Heritage Auctions sponsored ANS lecture series will be held at Heritage headquarters in Dallas, TX. Robert W. Hoge, ANS Curator of North American Coins and Currency, will present "Caribbean Cut and Countermarked Coins of the Napoleonic Wars in the ANS Cabinet" and Cristiano Bierrenbach, Heritage Auctions Executive Vice President of International Numismatics will present "The Napoleonic Invasion of the Iberian Peninsula and its impact in South American Numismatics". RSVP to or 800-872-6467 ext. 1050. Details here.

ANS in Russia

On Wednesday, September 26, ANS Curatorial Associate Peter Donovan will present "Da Yuezhi and Kushan coinage from Bactria, from the collection of the American Numismatic Society, New York" during the Two Centuries of Islamic Numismatics in Russia conference at The State Hermitage Museum in Russia.

ANS in Greece

ANS Deputy Director Andrew Meadows will present "The Great Transformation. Civic Coin Design in the 2nd Century BC" at theGreek coins and their images: noble issuers, humble users? Conference, French School at Athens, Greece, September 26th through the 28th. Details here.

ANS Annual Meeting

The ANS 155th Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 20th at 3:00pm. In addition to remarks and presentations by Officers and staff and election of Trustees, there will be an unveiling of new donor plaques for the Benefactor and Library Donor walls. An exhibit of medals by the J. Sanford Saltus Award recipient, João Duarte will be on view. A reception will follow.

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

New ANS Publications

The ANS is pleased to announce two upcoming publications that are expected to ship in September/October:

Diva Faustina. Coinage and Cult in Rome and the Provinces by Martin Beckmann (Numismatic Studies 26, 2012) The coinage struck posthumously in the name of Faustina the Elder, wife of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius, was the largest such issue ever produced by the mint of Rome. Until now it has been impossible to date these coins with any accuracy, and thus difficult to determine their place in imperial ideology. This study definitively resolves the chronological difficulties of these undated issues by means of die study of Diva Faustina's gold and bronze coinage. Order Now.

Feel of Steel: The Art and History of Bank-Note Engraving in the United States by Mark D. Tomasko. The “feel of steel” is that tactile experience one gets from well-printed bank-note engraving, which for more than 150 years was engraved on and printed from steel dies and plates. The Feel of Steel gives particular attention to picture engraving and the picture engravers, as well as a look at the process of bank-note engraving. This publication in three parts concentrates on the post–Civil War era, on the process, provides insights into the design, engraving, and printing of the documents, and on connecting faces to the names of the engravers and includes illustrations of the best work of most of these men. Order Now

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 Closing

The ANS will be closed in honor of Labor Day on Monday September 3rd, 2012.