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ANS E-news, October 2012


2011 J. Sanford Saltus Award Ceremony, Lecture, and Exhibit

On Tuesday, 6 November 2012, the ANS will award the 2011 J. Sanford Saltus Award to noted Portuguese medallist and sculptor Dr. João Duarte. The award ceremony will be followed by a lecture on "João Duarte and Portuguese Medallic Art" by Dr. Maria Rosa Figueiredo, Curator at the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon. Details available here.

An exhibit of Dr. Duarte's medallic works will also go on display at the ANS at the same time. Details available here.

ANS in Germany

On 15 November 2012, Executive Director Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan will will present "The Clazomenae hoard: an archaeological and iconographical puzzle" at ‘Art in the Round’: New approaches to Ancient Coin Iconography International Workshop, held at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Institut für Klassische Archäologie. Conference details and full schedule available here.

ANS at C4

On 15-16 November 2012, ANS Curator Robert W. Hoge will attend the Annual Convention of the Colonial Coin Collectors Club in Baltimore. Convention details available here.

ANS at the Institute for Study of the Ancient World

On 27 November 2012, ANS Adjunct Curator of Roman Coins Gilles Bransbourg will speak on "Signs of Inflation"at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University. Details 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.

Jewish-American Hall of Fame on ANS Website

The Jewish-American Hall of Fame Division of the American Jewish Historical Society has now been fully migrated to the ANS servers "so that it will survive and remain relevant." It can now be accessed at

Small Wonders: Miniature and Pocket-Sized Numismatic Literature

From 20 October 2012 to October 2013, the ANS Library will be home to an exhibit of miniature books (4 inches/10 cm tall or less). Details here.

Mirroring Medicine

On October 21, 2012 the exhibit Mirroring Medicine: Medals from the Collection of Dr. Ira Rezak opened at the Health Science Library at Columbia University. Visitors without Columbia University ID must make arrangements to view the exhibit. For more information on the exhibit or ANS Fellow, Ira Rezak, visit the ANS exhibits page.

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.


ANS in Germany

ANS Executive Director Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan attended the 21. Deutsche Numismatiker Tag, which was held from 4-5 October 2012 in Berlin. She delivered a lecture on early electrum coinage, which will be published next year.

Wall Street Collectors Bourse II

On 19 October 2012, ANS Curator of North American Coins and Currency, Robert W. Hoge, presented a talk entitled Money and Payment in Colonial New York to members of the American Numismatic Society at a breakfast hosted by the Wall Street Bourse.

ANS Annual Meeting

On 20 October 2012, at the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, the following ANS Members were elected as Fellows of the Society: Mr. William A. Burd, Mr. Thomas Eden, Mr. Arthur Fitts III, Mrs. Prudence M. Fitts, Mr. Bruce R. Hagen, Dr. Sebastian Heath, Mr. Andrew Lustig, Dr. Constantine A. Marinescu, Dr. Howard A. Minners, Mr. Robert Ronus, and Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan. Visit the ANS website for a full list of Fellows.

At the ANS 155th Annual Meeting,19 Fellows present raised their hands, and 73 affirmative proxies counted, electing the following individuals to serve on the Board of Trustees in the class of 2015: Mr. Joel R. Anderson, Prof. Jere L. Bacharach, Mr. Kenneth Lewis Edlow, Mr. Nigel Greig, Dr. Louis E. Jordan, Mr. Sydney F. Martin, and Mr. Roger S. Siboni.

At the ANS Organizational Meeting, the Board elected the following Trustees to serve as Officers in 2013:

Chairman of the Board - Kenneth L. Edlow President - Sydney F. Martin First Vice President - Douglass F. Rohrman Second Vice President - Kenneth W. Harl Treasurer - Jeffrey Benjamin Secretary/Executive Director- Ute Wartenberg Kagan Assistant Treasurer - Anna Chang

Visit the ANS website Governance page to see a full list of Trustees and Officers.

A report on the meetings will appear in the 2012 no. 4 issue of the ANS Magazine.