American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society



Designing the Beautiful: Economics and Politics in the Art of Ancient Greek Coins

Sunday, February 21, 2010, 3 pm, San Antonio Art Museum Auditorium, San Antonio, TX

Lecture by Dr. Peter van Alfen, Margaret Thompson associate curator of Greek coins at the American Numismatic Society in New York

What appears on coins is often a calculated statement of nationalism and prestige, but it must also serve the basic function of establishing trust in the economic system. Drawing on examples from the travails of U.S. coin design, Dr. Peter van Alfen will speak about how the ancient Greeks sought to balance politics and economics in the design of their coins.

This lecture is presented as part of the Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Lecture Series