American Numismatic Society
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ANS E-news, December 2012

Holiday Wishes

Best wishes to all members and friends of the American Numismatic Society.

Please keep the ANS in mind if you are planning a gift to a charity this year. The ANS could not provide all the services and organize events if it were not for the many donations from our members. Information available here.

2013 ANS Gala

The 2013 Annual Dinner Gala is quickly approaching. The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce an additional honoree at the Gala. Rosemary Lazenby will be honored along with with Roger S. Siboni and Richard B. Witschonke on January 10, 2013. To read the full press release, please visit our Press Release page. For advertising and sponsorship opportunities, please visit the 2013 Gala page.

ANS at AIA/APA Meeting in Seattle

Former students of the Eric Newman Summer Seminar will be presenting papers deriving from their Seminar projects at a panel at the conference of the Archaeological Institute of America on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 2:45 pm: New Research in Roman Republican Coinage. Information available here.

This will be followed in the evening by the joint ANS/Friends of Numismatics Reception from 8-9pm. We would be delighted to see Members at either event.


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 10 through 13, 2013. Update your Membership dues, order ANS publications, visit with ANS staff and meet our new Development and Membership Assistant, Viviana Londono-Danailov. For details about the NYINC, visit the NY International Coin Convention page.

Support a Young ANS Member

ANS Members are encouraged to help one of our young members, who has been a keen volunteer for almost three years. Jonah Estess is preparing as a high school graduation project an exhibition on Civil War Tokens in New York and Brooklyn, and he is looking for donation towards the cost of this project. Please read more about this project here.

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Library Support Website

The ANS Library has recently updated a section of the ANS library support website. Library staff frequently get inquiries from people wishing to donate their auction catalogs. Because of space limitations here, we cannot accept all donations of every catalog, so we have prepared some listings of specific catalogs and runs of catalogs that we would very much like to acquire. Perhaps our members can help. The lists that are posted are of our MISSING catalogs (i.e. those we would like to acquire): This information will be updated as it becomes necessary.

New ANS Publications

The ANS is pleased to announce three new publications:

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. This book is ready for shipping and can be ordered 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. This book will be available at the end of October. Order now.

Ophthalmologia Optica et Visio in Nummis (Ophthalmology, Optics and Vision in Numismatics) 

Hirschberg History of Ophthalmology Supplement Series 13 

by Jay M. Galst and Peter G. van Alfen (2013).

 Published jointly by J.-P. Wayenborgh Verlag and the ANS, Ophthalmologia,Optica et Viso in Nummis catalogues roughly 1,700 objects in 14 chapters each of which focuses on a discrete topic, e.g., ophthalmologists, ophthalmological congresses, the blind (and their rehabilitation), optical instruments (including spectacles), and the eye as a symbol. Appearing as volume 13 in the supplemental series to Julius Hirschberg’s History of Ophthalmology, the book also serves to situate the objects within the larger historical context of the ophthalmological and optical disciplines. This book will be ready for shipping in 2013.Order now.

Advertise in the ANS Magazine

Support the ANS by advertising in the award-winning quarterly ANS Magazine. The ad deadline for the next issue is January 1. For more information about advertising rates and specs, visit the advertising page or contact Joanne Isaac at or 212-571-4470 ext. 112.