American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

ANS Enews, July 2012

Support the ANS

Help us continue to offer quality publications, programs, and exhibits by donating to the 2012 Mid-Year Appeal. 2012 has been a highly active year so far. The 2012 Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics is in full swing and the students are fully utilizing the resources of the library and collection. A new ANS exhibit at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Signs of Inflation, has received much positive attention in the press and exhibit visitor numbers remain high. Members of the staff have attended conferences and presented lectures not only in New York, but also in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma, Illinois, California, Spain and Israel. Two new titles, Diva Faustina: Coinage and Cult in Rome and the Provinces and ''The Feel of Steel: The Art and History of Bank-Note Engraving in the United States'', have been added to our award-winning roster of publications and will ship in August. Find out how you can contribute on Development page.

Good News Regarding Huntington Collection

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous friend of the ANS, approximately 9,000 additional Huntington coins (6,159 Islamic, 400 French, 2,496 medieval and later Spain) have been purchased and will be placed on long-term loan to the ANS. This brings the total return of the Huntington coins to 19,206, or more than half of the Huntington Collection. Read the full press release here.

ANS Launches OCRE

In collaboration with New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, the ANS launches OCRE(Online Coins of the Roman Empire), a major new tool to aid in the identification, research and cataloging of the coins of the ancient world. OCRE is an attempt to present, in an easily searchable form, all the varieties of the coinage issued by the emperors of ancient Rome. Phase 1, which launched this week, covers the coinage of the first emperors, from Augustus to Hadrian (27 BC – AD 138). Read the full press release here.

ANS at the World's Fair of Money

Please join us at the World's Fair of Money August 7th through 11th in Philadelphia, PA. Stop by the ANS Booth, explore ANS sponsored exhibits, or attend a Numismatic Theater presentation by and ANS Staff member. Details available here.

ANS in Germany

ANS Deputy Director Andrew Meadows will be speaking at the "The Political Economy of Monetary Innovation" conference which will take place in Heidelberg, Germany on August 9-11. Dr. Meadow's paper will be on "The Spread of Coins during the Hellenistic Period". Details here.

Staff News

We are pleased to announce that ANS Deputy Director Andrew Meadows will be the Kraay Visitor and Robinson Fellow at Wolfson College and the Heberden Coin Room in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford this August.

ANS Adjunct Curator of Roman Coins Gilles Bransbourg participated in a Review Panel in Vienna on July 8th and 9th about the Special Research Program "Design and Change of the Upper Agora at Ephesos", funded by the Austrian Science Fund.

New ANS Publications

The ANS is pleased to announce two upcoming publications that are expected to ship in August:

'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. Free Shipping on domestic orders placed before July 30th, 2012. 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.