American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

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Assistant Curator of American Collections

About the Position

The American Numismatic Society seeks an energetic and creative Assistant Curator to oversee its collections of American coins, currency, medals and related objects. Since its foundation in 1858, the Society has played a leading role in the field of American numismatics, and wishes to expand its audience while continuing its traditional role as one of the leading academic institutions in the numismatic field. In recent years, a major focus of the Society has been on the digital presentation of the collection and the development of open web-based standards for doing so. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to build on a program of digital and traditional publications, exhibitions and teaching programs in American coins and currency for the general public, collectors, students and academics.

S/he will also work on parts of the collection outside the American field, for which training will be provided. The successful candidate is expected to work as part of a larger team on the ANS’s exhibition program, contribute to the ANS Magazine, and conduct significant research in his or her own chosen field. S/he will also be expected to play a role in the development of digital tools for the presentation and interpretation of numismatic material, in collaboration with our experienced technical staff. All ANS curators are expected to participate actively in the Society's development, outreach and public relations initiatives. This includes attending national coin shows, local numismatic clubs and similar events. Curators also provide instruction in American numismatics at the ANS Graduate Seminar and elsewhere.

The Curator should hold or be about to complete a Ph.D. or have equivalent academic qualifications in the history or archaeology of the Americas, in particular in areas in which coinage or currency make a major contribution to the understanding of the period. Experience in working with coinage or currency is a strong advantage but not required. S/he should also be proficient in at least one foreign language relevant to their field of specialism. The Curator is expected to be or become a recognized expert in his/her field, through study, research, writing, and publication on American coinage. The position is fully endowed and allows a competitive salary with excellent benefits depending on the experience of the successful candidate. Appointment will be made for two years in the first instance; subject to satisfactory performance the appointment may lead to a permanent position.

About the Society

Based in Manhattan, New York, the American Numismatic Society is one of the oldest members of the American Council of Learned Societies. It maintains an active exhibition program, and publishes two scholarly journals, a magazine, and four monograph series. The Society’s collection of approximately 800,000 objects is one of the largest in the world. The American collection of coins, paper money, decorations, and related items contains c. 90,000 objects, the majority of which are catalogued online in MANTIS: ( The archives of the Society provide papers and archival material of many major American collectors and artists, while the Harry W. Bass Library has the country’s foremost numismatic collection of almost 85,000 volumes. The catalogues of both archives and library are available online.

The American Numismatic Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit:

  1. A letter of application
  2. A Curriculum Vitae
  3. A sample of their academic writing, no more than 5,000 words in length
  4. The names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three referees whom the Society may contact for academic references.

The Society expects to hold interviews of a long-list of candidates at the American Historical Association Convention in Washington DC, January 2-5, 2014. A short-list will be invited to the Society thereafter for further interviews and to make presentations.

Complete applications should be sent electronically to

Or by mail to:

Joanne Isaac, Museum Administrator
American Numismatic Society
75 Varick Street, Floor 11
New York, NY 10013

The closing Date for Applications is open.

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