American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society





Publications: American and Modern Coins

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....

From Crime to Punisment: Couterfeit and Debased Currencies in Colonial and Pre-Federal America by Philip L. Mossman (ANS Numismatic Studies 27) 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 Colonial Newsletter Our research journal specializing in early American numismatics, edited by Oliver Hoover and published three times a year.

Feel of Steel 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. (2012)

The Silver Coins of Massachusetts by Christopher J. Salmon.A splendidly illustrated review of the first coins struck in British North America, a mere generation after the establishment of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, employing the latest historical and numismatic evidence as well as novel scientific analysis. (2010)

The Numismatic Finds of the Americas, An Inventory of American Coin Hoards (Treasure Trove), Shipwrecks, Single Finds, and Finds in Excavations by John M. Kleeberg. An inventory, modeled on the Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards, enumerating approximately 900 coin finds, chiefly from the United States, but also from Canada and most other countries in the Americas. (Numismatic Notes and Monographs 169, 2009)

Newby's St. Patrick Coinage edited by Oliver D. Hoover. This volume collects together the papers presented at the Coinage of the Americas Conference on Mark Newby and the St. Patrick coinage used in colonial America, held in 2007. (Coinage of the Americas Conference Proceedings 16, 2009)

Cobs, Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins: The Early Spanish-American Mints and their Coinages 1536-1773 by Sewall Menzel. In this comprehensive and fully referenced study, Sewall Menzel brings out the critical detail and information needed to understand the ten early Spanish mints of the Americas and their respective coinages. Through the use of some two thousand photos and diagrams the coins are identified by mint, king, denomination, mint assayer and type. (2004)

Money of the Caribbean edited by Richard G. Doty and John M. Kleeberg. Papers presented at the 1999 Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) on coins and tokens of the Caribbean, from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth. (Coinage of the Americas Conference Proceedings 15, 2004)

Copper Coinage of the State of New Jersey by Damon G. Douglas, edited by Gary A. Trudgen. The long-unpublished work on New Jersey's state coinage by the late Damon Douglas, brought up to date with annotations by leading specialists in Confederation-period coinage. (2004)

Illegal Tender: Gold, Greed, and the Mystery of the Lost 1933 Double Eagle by David Tripp (Free Press, 2004)

Circulating Counterfeits of the Americas edited by John M. Kleeberg. A record of the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) held in 1998 on the counterfeit coins and paper circulating in colonial North America and the early United States. (Coinage of the Americas Conference Proceedings 14, 2000)

Coinage of the American Confederation Period edited by Philip L. Mossman. Papers drawn from the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) held in 1995 on some of the diverse coinages circulating in the United States immediately after independence. (Coinage of the Americas Conference Proceedings 11, 1996)

The Token: America's Other Money edited by Richard G. Doty. Papers drawn from the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) held in 1994 on the use of tokens in the United States. (Coinage of the Americas Conference Proceedings 10, 1995)

America's Silver Dollars edited by John M. Kleeberg. A record of the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) held in 1993 on silver dollars of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. (Coinage of the Americas Conference Proceedings 9, 1995)

Canada's Money edited by John M. Kleeberg. A record of the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) held in 1992 on the coinage of Nouvelle France and Canada. (Coinage of the Americas Conference Proceedings 8, 1994)

Money of the American Colonies and Confederation by Philip L. Mossman (Numismatic Studies 20, 1992)

America's Gold Coinage edited by William E. Metcalf. A record of the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) held in 1989 on gold coinage in the United States. (Coinage of the Americas Conference Proceedings 6, 1990)

America's Currency, 1789-1866 A record of the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) held in 1985 on early banknotes in the United States. (Coinage of the Americas Conference Proceedings 2, 1986)