American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

ANS Enews, March 2012

Membership Renewal

Please renew your membership dues for 2012. You can renew online or download a mail-in form on the Membership Page. Benefits include the award-winning ANS Magazine (now quarterly), 30% off all publications, discounts on library and research fees, invitations to lectures and events, and much more. The Society relies on your membership dues and contributions to improve upon programs and further our mission. Thank you for your continued membership.

ANS Duplicates in Stack's Bowers Auction

Duplicate modern Chinese coins from the ANS collection have been consigned to the Stacks Bowers Ponterio Hong Kong Auction. Among the 100+ items to be sold are such 19th and 20th Century pieces as portrait dollars of Yuan Shih Kai (the main grouping of the consignment), Li Yuan Hung, Sun Yat Sen, Tuan Chi Jui and Tsao Kun. There are also a number of smaller-denomination Late Imperial and Early Republican silver pieces and a couple of desirable Yuan Shi Kai Republican gold pieces. The Stacks Bowers Ponterio Hong Kong Auction sale dates are April 2nd through 4th, 2012 at the Mira Hotel, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. A list of the ANS lots is available here. The Stack's Bowers Auction catalog is accessible online here.

The American Numismatic Society's Board of Trustees approved the sale of a group of duplicate modern Chinese coins from the collection of its East Asian Department in October of 2011. The ANS collection of Chinese coins is the largest in the Western World, and among its holdings of machine-struck issues have been found a selection of exact die duplicates, of which there are superior examples to be retained in the cabinet. Proceeds from the sale of these duplicates, estimated at $200,000, will go toward the Newell Coin Purchase Fund, restricted to acquisition of other items needed for the collection.

New ANS Exhibit Opening March 30th

A new ANS exhibit will open March 30th at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. "Signs of Inflation" will investigate the historical perspectives and concepts of inflation as revealed through coins and other objects. Items included will range from the Roman silver coins decreasing size, weight and metal quality during the 4th century AD to the 20th century, where numerous inflation situations occurred across international monitory systems, including the Weimar Republic and the Republic of Yugoslavia’s last years of existence. Visitors will be invited to travel through time and consider similar phenomena as well as challenge the commonly held view that the economy of today is inherently different from that of the past. The exhibit will encourage us to explore the concept of purchasing power through the different monetary mediums available to human societies since the creation of money as a value bearing object. Details here.

Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture

On Thursday, April 19th, Katerini Liampi, Professor of Numismatics, University of Ionnina, Greece will present the Harry W. Fowler memorial Lecture on Coin Circulation in Epirus: Excavation Finds from the Byzantine Castle of Ioannina. 5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Lecture
A subscription dinner will be held following the event at a nearby restaurant. $85 per person, pre-registration required. RSVP required to, (212) 571-4470 ext 117. Government issued photo i.d. required for entry. Details here.

ANS Lecture with Roger Bland

On Monday, April 23rd, Dr. Roger Bland Head of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum will present a lecture entitled Coin hoards and hoarding in Britain: buried with the intention of recovery or votive deposits?.
5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Lecture
RSVP required to (212) 571-4470 ext 117, Government issued photo i.d. required for entry. Details here.


ANS Staff members will attend the 2012 CICF. The ANS table will host an exhibit displaying coins with various Greek Gods and myths from the ANS Collection. An ANS Reception, sponsored by ANS Trustee Mike Gasvoda and hosted by ANS Deputy Director Ute Wartenberg Kagan and Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Gilles Bransbourg will be open to ANS members and those interested in learning more about the ANS. Gilles Bransbourg will present a lecture at the Ancient Coin Club Meeting. Visit the Chicago International Coin Fair website for details.

Recent Acquisitions

For a list of ANS Library new arrivals, click here.

For a list of recent acquisitions to the ANS Collection, click here.