Category Archives: collection

South Asian Collection

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="127"] Gold mohur, Agra (India), 1623. 1916.192.34 Sagitarius[/caption] The Society's South Asian collection includes the coins of the Indian subcontinent, of Southeast Asia as far as the Philippines, and certain ancient Central Asian coins. There are some 55,000 in all. The ANS collection of coins of the Indian subcontinent is one of…
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Medals and Decorations

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Three hundredth anniversary of the "purchase" of Manhattan from Native Americans ANS 0000.999.4471[/caption] From the time of the founding of the American Numismatic Society in 1858, medals and decorations have held an important role in its holdings and activities. While only representative in its holdings of Italian Renaissance Medals, the collection…
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Greek

The collection of ancient Greek coins comprises some 100,000 items, classified according to regions and mints of the ancient world, from Spain and North Africa in the west to Afghanistan in the east. It includes all Greek coins, struck roughly between 650 BC and the time of the Roman conquest, and also the bronze coinages…
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Latin American

There has long been an interest in Latin American numismatics among the New York numismatic community - Lyman Haines Low published an excellent study of a hoard of the copper coins of Morelos in the American Journal of Numismatics - but the first substantial addition to the Latin American cabinet was the purchase of the…
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United States

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="174"] 1/2 Cent, Philadelphia, 1825 AD. (1858.1.1). Donated by ANS founding member Augustus B. Sage.[/caption] The United States Department includes all coins issued in and for the British North American Plantations until 1783 and for the United States thereafter, including Alaska and Hawaii; Puerto Rican coins are included in the Latin American…
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Modern

The Modern department includes all coins minted by minting machinery - the screw press and the roller press - struck in Europe, Canada, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa. Machinery was first introduced in Paris and London in the mid-sixteenth century, but the use of machinery did not become standard until the second half of the seventeenth…
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Medieval

The European medieval coinage history may be roughly divided in three uneven categories. First, the post-antique period, which witnessed the progressive dislocation of the Roman tradition, based on coins of gold, silver and bronze; then the Carolingian revolution, establishing the supremacy of silver as the monetary metal of reference, and finally the later medieval period…
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South Asian

The term "Islamic coins", in practice, is another way of referring to the coinage of the Near and Middle East after the rise of Islam in the seventh century. Rightly speaking, an Islamic coin is one designed following the traditions of Islam, that is, with inscriptions in Arabic script and no images. Nevertheless, there have…
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East Asian

The East Asian Department of the ANS incorporates the coins and monetary objects of China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, and Vietnam. From very early on, this vast region developed its own peculiar monetary tradition, which led to a coinage system very different from that of the Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cultures. After centuries during which bronze spades,…
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Islamic

The term "Islamic coins", in practice, is another way of referring to the coinage of the Near and Middle East after the rise of Islam in the seventh century. Rightly speaking, an Islamic coin is one designed following the traditions of Islam, that is, with inscriptions in Arabic script and no images. Nevertheless, there have…
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