American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

ANS Enews, May 2012

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

Sage Dinner & Lecture in New York

Sage Society members and ANS Trustees are cordially invited to a Sage Dinner and Lecture with ANS Adjunct Curator of Roman Coins Gilles Bransbourg on Friday, June 15th at 7:30. Dr. Bransbourg will discuss the creation and implementation of the newly opened exhibit Signs of Inflation at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Please RSVP no later than Monday June 11th to, (212) 571-4470 ext 117. Tickets: $120 per person. Further details here.

Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar

The 2012 Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics will commence June 11th. To view the Seminar schedule online, visit the Seminar Calendar. Most lectures are open to ANS Members with advance notice to Seminar Co-Director Rick Witschonke at

On Wednesday, July 19th, this year's 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.

ANS Lecture

On Wednesday, June 20th, Terrence Cheesman will presentThe 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.

Colonial Newsletter

Colonial Newsletter 148 is now published. If you have not yet renewed your subscription for 2012, you can do so online. The Colonial Newsletter (CNL) is a research journal dedicated to the study of early American numismatics. Founded in 1960, CNL has continuously published some of the most scholarly and seminal studies in this area of numismatics. Focusing on the study of the coinages produced by the states during the Confederation period of the United States, CNL also investigates a variety of other specie that our forefathers used in their daily lives. Anyone with an interest in early America and its struggle to establish a new nation will find something of value in this publication.

Recent Acquisitions

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

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

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Holiday Closing

The ANS will be closed in honor of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th, 2012.