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ANS E-news, August 2013

ANS at ANA Chicago

The ANS is attending The World’s Fair of Money at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois, from August 13-17, 2013. If you are already planning to attend, please feel free to stop by our table and say hello. We always look forward to meeting current ANS members and of course, welcome all other attendees interested in learning more about the ANS. Additionally, this will also be a great opportunity to renew your memberships, purchase both current and anticipated publications, as well as meet our staff and ANS volunteers.

Should you have any further questions regarding this convention, please call (212) 571-4470 ext. 117 or email at

The Beginnings of Coinage Electrum Symposium

On 15-17 November 2013, the ANS will host a symposium on The Beginnings of Coinage: New Discoveries and Research on Early Electrum Coinage. The distinguished list of speakers includes, Prof. Alain Bresson, Dr. Maryse Blet-Lemarquand, Dr. Frédérique Duyrat, Dr. Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert, Prof. Nicholas Cahill, Dr. Peter van Alfen, Dr. François R. Velde, Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan, and Dr. Andrew Meadows. Full details and pricing available here. Only 35 spaces are available for this event and therefore early booking is highly recommended.

Nominations for ANS Trustees and Fellows

The list of nominations for new Trustees and Fellows is now available online. These candidates for three-year terms ending in 2016 will be voted upon at the Annual Meeting on October 19, 2013.

Coin Hoards of the Roman Republic Online

The American Numismatic Society and the Institute of Archaeology of University College London, UK, have now launched an important new tool for the analysis of Roman Republican coin hoards.

Coin Hoards of the Roman Republic Online

(CHRR Online) is a collaboration between Rick Witschonke and Ethan Gruber at the ANS and Dr. Kris Lockyear of UCL.

The new web-based tool makes available in searchable form the contents of a database created by Dr. Lockyear of 694 Roman Republican Coin hoard and the 115,000 coins that they contain. The new tool, which is based on the Numishare technology, makes it possible to browse, search,map and analyze the evidence of Roman coin finds in new and exciting ways. Press release available here.

ANS to attend Wall Street Coin, Currency and Collector Show

On October 18, 2013, a special breakfast lecture for ANS, ABSS, and NYNC members will be presented by Dr. Constantin Marianescu at the Wall Street Coin, Currency and Collector show. His topic will be "Transforming Victory: From Pagan Goddess to Christian Symbol." Interested members should RSVP to Viviana Londono at or call 212-571-4470 ext. 112.

 Full details about the show and lecture available here. 

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156th ANS Annual Meeting

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 3:00 pm, the ANS will hold the 156th Annual Meeting at its 75 Varick Street headquarters. Details available here.

Library Support Website

The ANS Library has recently updated a section of the ANS library support website. Library staff frequently get inquiries from people wishing to donate their auction catalogs. Because of space limitations here, we cannot accept all donations of every catalog, so we have prepared some listings of specific catalogs and runs of catalogs that we would very much like to acquire. Perhaps our members can help. The lists that are posted are of our MISSING catalogs (i.e. those we would like to acquire): This information will be updated as it becomes necessary.

New ANS Publications

The ANS is pleased to announce two new publications:

New Jersey State Coppers by Roger S. Siboni, John L. Howes, and A. Buell Ish

 As William Sheldon eloquently put it in Penny Whimsy,

Old copper, like beauty, appears to possess a certain intrinsic quality or charm... [with] an almost living warmth and personality not encountered in any other metal.... You see rich shades of green, red, brown, yellow, and even deep ebony: together not elsewhere matched in nature save perhaps in autumn leaves....

Early coppers are rich in die varieties, cracked dies, imperfect and unusual planchets, misstruck coins and other minor variations. ...It is therefore not surprising that to some extent the different die varieties are recognizable by characteristic color and surface texture, as well as by die breaks, peculiarities of the planchet and so on.

New Jersey State Coppers shows that never were these words more true than in the case of the coins struck for New Jersey by Thomas Goasby, Albion Cox, Walter Mould, and Matthias Ogden from 1786 until as late as 1790. By way of introduction, the authors fully discuss the often tumultuous history of the New Jersey copper coinage and its creators alongside the equally compelling story of the men, like Dr. Edward Maris, who first appreciated the “living warmth and personality” of the coins and formed the great collections of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Every known New Jersey die variety is presented in minute detail with lavish enlarged full-color illustrations, condition censuses, as well as commentary on die states and other notable features.

The authors also include such supplementary material as the original documents related to the eighteenth- century coining venture, imitations created for the collector market in the nineteenth century, as well as suggestions for developing a personal collection. New Jersey State Coppers will surely become the primary tool for the study of this coinage and the basis for deepening the understanding and appreciation of its charm as old copper. Available in the Fall. Pre-order now.

From Crime to Punishment: Counterfeit and Debased Currencies in Colonial and Pre-Federal America (ANS Numismatic Studies 27) by Philip L. Mossman.

Ever since coinage was developed in ancient Lydia, an element of society has sought to debase the coin of the realm for personal gain not only by counterfeiting, but also by shaving away precious metal. Currency debasement was not confined to the proletariat since throughout history various monarchs increased their royal revenues, or seigniorage, by reducing the quality of the coins’ specie content or its weight standard. The current text follows closely the course of royal English copper coinages whose high potential profit made them an ideal prey for counterfeiters. These forgeries flowed freely into the colonies where they overwhelmed, and eventually collapsed, the small change medium but not before various states sought to correct the evil of this imported copper trash.

Great attention is paid to Great Britain’s mercantilistic policies which shaped the character of the currency in the North American colonies where chronic hard money shortages encouraged counterfeit coinages of all stripes whose actual manufacture and circulation is examined in great detail. Colonists further sought to expand their monetary pool by printing bills of credit to meet the exigencies of the French and Indian Wars. This new paper currency likewise became the target for forgery and a battle royal ensued between the colonial treasurers and bands of counterfeiters as they competed to outsmart each other. But as “the weed of crime bears bitter fruit,” many counterfeiters were apprehended and punished for their evil deeds. Available in the Fall. Pre-order now.

New Sylloge available through ANS

Now available in the ANS Bookstore:

Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Greece 7, The KIKPE Collection of Bronze Coins by Vasiliki Penna & Yannis Stoyas (Research Centre for Antiquity of the Academy of Athens, 2012).

This volume contains descriptions and excellent photographs of 1,233 bronze coins from Spain to India, the Black Sea to Africa, which date from the fifth century to c. 27-25 BCE.

A review by Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan will appear in ANS Magazine issue 2013 no. 3.

Ordering details available here.

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