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November 2019

Dear Friend,

In this, my first appeal to you as Executive Director of the ANS, I first want to thank you most warmly for your continuing generosity over the years. Without you, this institution could not even exist let alone thrive—and it is most certainly thriving. For this we must all be grateful for the untiring efforts of Dr. Ute Wartenberg over the past two decades, and I am honored to follow in her footsteps.

Among much else, your support in 2019 enabled us to further our efforts on research, digitization, publications, exhibitions, and education. Some highlights include: an exhibit of medals from the ANS collection at George Washington’s Mount Vernon; the cataloging and digitization of our late colleague and benefactor Rick Witschonke’s unique collection of almost 4,000 rare coins from the Roman Imperial period; the purchase of the Del Bland archives; lectures at the ANS by respected numismatists Dr. John Kleeberg and Dr. Michel Amandry; joint conferences with Columbia University and Binghamton University; and the visits to our headquarters by school groups eager to learn about numismatics and history.

In addition, Ute and myself, along with other ANS staff and Trustees, traveled around the US to coin shows and conventions, representing the Society and greeting members from many different parts of the country. Meeting so many of you in these travels was one of the personal highlights of my year, and I look forward to seeing even more of you this year.

There are many other noteworthy achievements of the past year, and you can read about them in our 2019 Annual Report. All of them were realized by a remarkably small and dedicated staff—and your absolutely essential financial help.

Today, as we embark on our annual year-end campaign, our goal is to finish out the calendar year with a robust financial bill of health, which will allow us to move forward with the many ambitious projects we have slated for 2020. These include:

  • The publication of Royal Coinage in Hellenistic Bactria, by Simon Glenn; The Tiflis Dirhams of Mongke Khan, by Kirk Bennett; and Old Regime France and its Jetons, by Jim McClellan.
  • The rehousing and scanning of letters and records from the numismatic firm S. H. & H. Chapman.
  • Enhancing the data and photos available in MANTIS, our online search catalog.
  • Launching a new online resource based on Richard Schaffer’s die studies of Roman Republican coinage;
  • Completing the cataloging of the archives of the Medallic Art Company, with Dr. Jesse Kraft, our new Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas; and finding a permanent storage and exhibition space for these treasures.

As you may know, despite its eminence in the field, the Society is actually a relatively modest organization, made up of people who, like you, are devoted to the notion that the study of numismatics has vital importance for our knowledge of society, history, art, and culture. At this time of year, we go to you, our members, and we ask that you once again make a gift to the ANS to ensure that our mission remains pertinent and our goals achievable.

I thank all of you who have given generously over the past year. But I urge you to please make an additional gift now, by December 31, and help us start the new year off right. Your tax-deductible donation to the ANS will help secure our footing for the coming twelve months and beyond—and will allow us all to accomplish much more to be proud of.

With sincerest gratitude,


Dr. Gilles Bransbourg
Executive Director

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The 2018 Year End Appeal

Dear Friend,

The past year has been an exceptionally busy one for the American Numismatic Society, marked most recently by the acquisition of a huge amount of extraordinary material from the Medallic Art Company, America’s oldest private mint. Moving, storing, researching, and cataloging those items—many thousands of them, including medals, galvanos, dies, and much more—will keep us working hard for a few years. But their value to American history makes the work imperative, and for anyone who shares our commitment to scholarship and education, this project alone offers ample reason to keep the Society moving ahead at full power.

So as 2018 draws to a close, I once again ask all of you who share our passion for numismatics to make a donation to the ANS. Your support will allow us to continue the momentum that we have built up over this last year. With your help, we can continue not only to pursue unusual, once-in-a-lifetime acquisitions but also to continue the vital activities that make up our year: we can host the seminars and lectures, welcome visitors to view our collections, publish the books and journals, mount the shows, educate schoolchildren and young scholars, and expand our online offerings that make the Society’s holdings ever more accessible. So, please, make a tax-deductible donation to the ANS now, and secure our footing for the coming twelve months.

Your contributions mean more than ever to the Society. Every donation, no matter the size, counts. A small gift that helps us keep the lights on or covers the cost of photographing a coin is just as necessary to us as one that allows us to publish a book or sponsor a curator’s research. All these donations add up to make possible the many and varied projects the Society undertakes.

For an overview of highlights from fiscal 2018, please view our annual report, which is available online at: If you would like a hard copy of this report, let us know and we will happily send it to you.

Thank you again for helping us with a successful 2018, and my very best wishes for the New Year.

UWK new Signature


Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan
Executive Director


To help support the study, research, and appreciation of numismatics...

$25 helps us photograph and digitize one item
$100 pays for one day of electricity at the ANS
$250 helps assess the MACO archive for one day
$500 helps with the cost of hosting a class visit to the ANS
$1,000 helps pay for our web servers for a month
$2,000 covers the cost of supervising a student intern for a semester
$5,000 will prepare one archival collection for digitization
$10,000 will pay for the publication of one new book




If you prefer to call in, mail, or fax your gift, use the contact information below:

American Numismatic Society
75 Varick St. Floor 11
New York, NY 10013
Tel (212) 571-4470 ext 117
Fax (212) 571-4479

For contributions via wire transfers:
Bank Name: Bank of America
Swift #: BOFAUS3N
ABA#: 026009593
CHIPS#: 0959
Bank account#: 483043576888
Bank Address: Bank of America, 1 Bryant Park, New York, NY 10036
For benefit of The American Numismatic Society

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