American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

ANS E-news, February 2014


Membership Renewal

With the beginning of the New Year, it is time for the American Numismatic Society membership renewals for 2014. We invite you to renew and continue to take advantage of all the benefits and services the ANS has to offer. Renewals can be made online here.

We thank you in advance for your continued support and active participation!

Sage Society Roman Holiday

An eight-day, seven-night getaway for ardent coin lovers Dates: June 22 to 29, 2014

This exclusive Sage Society trip will offer participants unusual access to some of Rome’s greatest coin collections—no small boast in a city that holds more important collections than any other in the world. Included in the itinerary will be examinations of coins from the Ancient to the Modern period, with experts and friends of the ANS leading tours through the coin cabinets of the Capitoline Museum and the Vatican as well as the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, which holds not only Italy’s most significant coin collection but also one of its finest collections of Classical art. As of this writing, we think we will also be able to view coins from new excavations in Rome held in the Crypta Balbi Museum, a city-block-sized marvel in the historic center of Rome that sits atop the Theater of Balbius, built in 13 BCE, and that affords visitors views of ruins and artifacts tracing the long history of the city from antiquity, through the Middle Ages, and to the present.

Obviously, this will be a trip packed with venues to whet the appetite of any numismatist, no matter what his or her particular interest. But we will also take in the Eternal City’s many churches, the Vatican Museum, the Forum, Tivoli, and Hadrian’s villa. And of course, we will have the daily delights of the city’s food and residents, the company of ANS members, and much more. Our primary objective for this trip is simply to make sure that our Sage Members, who do so much for the ANS, have a wonderful time.

If you are interested in joining us, please register early. The ANS Roman Holiday is open to only 12 Sage Members and spouses—we must limit the number because museums we will visit will not allow larger groups behind the scenes of the regular exhibitions. By the end of February, the ANS will send out a booking form with exact information about hotels and a detailed daily itinerary.

In the meantime, for more information, please do not hesitate to email Viviana Londono at, or call 212-571-4470 ext 117.

Hope to see you in Rome!

Pawel Leski to receive 2014 J. Sanford Saltus Award

The American Numismatic Society has named Pawel Leski as recipient of the J. Sanford Saltus Award for distinguished achievement in the art of the medal. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 20, at ANS headquarters. An exhibit of Mr. Leski's medallic work will also be on display.

A subscription dinner will be held following the ceremony at a cost of $75. To register please email Viviana Londono at, or call 212-571-4470 ext 117.

Full information available here.

Sage Society Dinner

A dinner for members of the Augustus B. Sage Society will be held at the Century Association on Friday, February 24, at 7:30 pm.

Following dinner Dr. Keith Barron and Dr. Ute Wartenberg will be presenting, "What is Natural Gold and Why was Electrum used for the earliest coins?"

The cost of dinner is $140 per person. Please RSVP by Monday, February 17, by email at, or by phone at 212-571-4470 ext 117.

Full details available here.

ANS at Oxford

Deputy Director Dr. Andrew Meadows will be giving the annual CNG Lecture at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, on Friday, February 28. His talk is entitled "Manifest Gods. The Great Transformation in Hellenistic Coinage."

New Version of OCRE

In collaboration with New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, the American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the release of a new version of OCRE—Online Database of Coinage of the Roman Empire. The new edition is bigger and includes multi-contributor and multi-lingual features.

For details see the press release here.

Bibliographie der deutschen Zeitschriften-literatur

The ANS Library has a reprint copy of the Bibliographie der deutschen Zeitschriften-literatur to give away. Interested individuals must arrange for pick-up, although library staff can be available to help with the loading process (There are over 100 volumes, so it would take a car or multiple trips to pick it up). If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Hahn Benge at or by phone: 212-571-4470, ext. 170.

New ANS Publication

The ANS is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of

The Island Standard: The Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman Coinages of Paros by John A N Z Tully.

Scheduled to come out this spring, this book is the first comprehensive study of the monetary history of one of the major coin-producing states of the Hellenistic and Roman Aegean. It analyzes the Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman coinages of the Cycladic island of Paros.

Ordering information available here.


2014 Annual Gala

On January 9, the American Numismatic Society held its 2014 Annual Gala at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The event honored Marian Scheuer Sofaer and the Honorable Abraham D. Sofaer, whose uncommon generosity to the ANS has spanned more than four decades.

A combination of some 200 guests and contributors helped the Society raise more than $200,000. The evening’s very successful auction accounted for $36,000 of that total, thanks in good measure to the engaging personality of ANS Fellow Harmer Johnson. Gala guests were also entertained by the music of rising jazz star Dominick Farinacci and his band. Their set included a lovely vocal performance by Abe Sofaer, a passionate and longtime supporter of jazz as well as numismatics.

The ANS would like to thank all the Gala participants and guests whose generosity and enthusiasm made the evening such a stunning success, and especially to acknowledge the 14 sponsors and more than 50 other donors and supporters whose dedication has done so much to guarantee the financial health of the Society.

Press release available here.

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