March 12, 2020
New York, NY
For immediate release
THE ANS LAUNCHES AN ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR OCRE
The American Numismatic Society aims to incorporate major new research on Roman Imperial Coinage into its hugely popular digital resource Online Coins of the Roman Empire. This is a laborious process that entails updating or amending thousands of entries, and it will take several months to complete. In order to assist this project, the ANS has launched a gofundme campaign on its charity platform.
Since its inception in 2013, Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) has provided the numismatic community with a revolutionary tool designed to help in the identification, cataloging, and research of the rich and varied coinage of the Roman Empire. OCRE provides an easy to use digital resource incorporates over 43,000 types of coins and more than 130,000 physical coins, representing more than 40 major public and private collections from all over the world. The project records every published type of Roman Imperial Coinage from Augustus, in 31 BCE, until the death of Zeno, in 491 CE.
In January 2019, Spink & Son published Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol. II, Part 3, written by longtime British Museum curator Richard Abdy, with a section on medallions by P. F. Mittag. This was the first new volume in the series in 25 years, and it represents a major achievement in the field. For the ANS, this important new work, which covers the reign of Hadrian (117–138 CE), necessitates the hiring of temporary staff to aid in the replacement of some 4,000 OCRE records. The Society, in cooperation with Sprink & Sons and Richard Abdy, is now working on this process, which will take several months. The ANS is therefore asking for small donations to help integrate this very significant improvement into the online project. If you use OCRE for teaching or research, please consider donating to the ANS. No amount is too small.
The American Numismatic Society, organized in 1858 and incorporated in 1865 in New York State, operates as a research museum under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is recognized as a publicly supported organization under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) as confirmed on November 1, 1970.
Help us raise $100,000 for the Endowment for
the Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Numismatics
In 2014, with a very generous seed grant from ANS Trustee and Life Fellow Dr. Howard Minners, the American Numismatic Society began its efforts to endow the curator position for Medieval and Renaissance numismatics. Today the endowment stands at approximately $562,000.
We still have a long way to go to reach our ultimate goal of $2 million, but you can help us get significantly closer by taking up the challenge laid down by Dr. Minners today.
For every contribution to this campaign, Dr. Minners will match it, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. This means that your donation today can help us raise $100,000, which will give us a big boost toward our goal.
This is a great opportunity to support the significant work already being done in this area of numismatics and for the work planned for the future. Medieval and Renaissance coinage is an exciting and too often overlooked part of the magnificent ANS collections, and we are thrilled that some of our most passionate supporters have taken up its banner.
Join them today by making your gift, no matter how big or small, to this wonderful campaign. Don’t let this opportunity to double the impact of your donation pass by.
You can donate by mail or phone or online—just be sure to let us know that it is for the Campaign to Endow the Curator for Medieval and Renaissance numismatics, and every dollar you give us will turn into two.
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: numismatics.org/annualreports. 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.
Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan
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
Bank account#: 483043576888
Bank Address: Bank of America, 1 Bryant Park, New York, NY 10036
For benefit of The American Numismatic Society