American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

ANS Enews, June 2012

2012 Mid-Year Appeal

We hope that you will be able to make a contribution at this time to help maintain our many ongoing operations and to ensure that we can continue to provide excellence in numismatic research, in building our collections and in making numismatics accessible to more people all over the world. Please take a moment to read the Executive Director's Appeal Letter. Thank you for your ongoing support!

ANS Library Support

There are many ways to be involved in supporting the Harry W. Bass, Jr Library. Cash and book donations are always gratefully accepted, but there are ways that donors can also become more specifically involved in shaping the future of the library. A list of those opportunities is available here. To participate, please contact library staff at or (212) 571-4470 ext 170.

New ANS Membership Category

At the June 16th, 2012 ANS Board of Trustees meeting it was agreed that a new category of Life Membership be created. Members over the age of 60 can now become Life Associates for a one-time payment of $2,500. Life members are exempt from paying annual dues, receive the annual American Journal of Numismatics, invitations to our events and lectures, the quarterly ANS magazine, and a 30% discount on our available publications. Proof of age is required. If you are interested in becoming a Life Associate, please contact the Membership Office at (212) 571-4470 ext 117,

ANS in Israel

ANS Executive Director Ute Wartenberg Kagan, Margaret Thompson Associate Curator of Greek Coins Peter van Alfen, and Alain Bresson (Visiting Scholar for the Eric P. Newman Summer Graduate Seminar) will be speaking at the "White Gold" conference hosted by Haim Gitler and Cathy Lorber at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, June 25-28. Bringing together a large number of specialists on early electrum coinage, this conference, held in conjunction with the opening of the "White Gold" exhibit, promises to make great advances in our understanding of these enigmatic early coin issues. The proceedings of the conference should be published sometime in 2013.

ANS Lecture with Terrence Cheesman

On Wednesday, June 20th, Terrence Cheesman will present The Acroteria of the Temple of Venus and Rome at ANS headquarters.

5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Lecture
RSVP required to (212) 571-4470 ext 117. Details available here.

ANS Lecture with Alain Bresson

On Thursday, July 19th, this year's Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar Visiting Scholar, Prof. Alain Bresson, will present The Three Ages of Greek Coinage and Monetary Policy.
5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Lecture
RSVP required to, (212)-571-4470 ext. 117. Details here.

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 June 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 Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012.