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Money Talks | The Brenner 150 Exhibition: 150 Years of V.D.B.

with Assistant Curator of American Numismatics Jesse Kraft, ANS Fellow Scott H. Miller, and MFA Boston Director of Exhibitions Patrick McMahon Saturday, June 12, 20211:00 pm ETMembers only By the time of the Hahlo Exhibition in 1912, Victor David Brenner was a globally-acclaimed sculptor and was still receiving accolades for his famed Lincoln cent of…
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ANS Lyceum

The ANS Lyceum is an online educational offering from the American Numismatic Society. Over several weeks, participants have the opportunity to engage in interactive lectures and discussion sessions with ANS curators who introduce the numismatic objects, economic history, and cultures of people from around the world and from different periods of history. Space is limited and registration will close when 40 participants have enrolled. The ANS Lyceum is open to all with no prior knowledge of numismatics or history required or expected. See full Press Release.

12:30–2:00 pm (EST)

$100 for ANS Members
$250 for non-members

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Scholarships are available for students

May 19–June 30

Coins of Rome

with Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg
& Assistant Curator Lucia Carbone

May 19—The Dawn of Roman Coinage (–91 BCE) 
May 26—Social War and Imperatores (90–27 BCE) 
June 2—Coinage in the Roman Provinces before RPC (150–50 BCE) 
June 9—Roman Provincial Coinage (50 BCE–298 CE) 
June 16—Augustus and the Early Empire (27 BCE–192 CE)
June 23—Crime and Punishment (193-301 CE)
June 30—The Golden Age (301-494 CE)

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March 31–May 5

Coins from the Archaic to Hellenistic periods 

with ANS Chief Curator Peter van Alfen

Registration for this course is now closed.

March 31—Ancient Mints and Minting Technology
April 7—The Lydian Kingdom and the Earliest Electrum Coins
April 14—Archaic and Classical Greek Coins
April 21—Coinages of the Persian Empire
April 28—Hellenistic Royal Coinages
May 5—Hellenistic Civic Coinages

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Money Talks
Scenes from an Exposition: Columbus, Coins, Ships and Controversy in 1890s America

with Peter van Alfen

April 24, 2021
1:00 pm ET

In recent years Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day have become quite controversial, to such an extent, in fact, that throughout much of 2020 barricades were set up around Columbus Circle in New York City to protect the monument from vandalism, while the explorer’s statue in Central Park had 24/7 police protection. Undoubtedly, the height of Columbus’ esteem in the US was in 1892-93, the years the Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago, organized ostensibly to celebrate Columbus’ landfall in the Caribbean 400 years before, but really a stupendous display of fin de siècle art, architecture, and technology. This Money Talks will explore the origins of the Exposition and Columbus’ popularity in 19th century America (and subsequent downfall in the 20th), the ANS’s vast holdings of coins, medals, and tokens from the fair and the disputes between artists and officials over the production of some items. Also discussed will be material associated with the often overlooked New York City Columbian Celebration and Naval Review that kicked off the festivities and placated New Yorkers to some degree for their loss to Chicago for the honor of hosting the Exposition.    

The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire ... exhibited 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Coinage of the Roman Provinces before Provincial Coinage
The Richard B. Witschonke Collection

March 23–25, 2021

Co-sponsored by the American Numismatic Society and the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Register by March 22

This three-day conference, co-sponsored by the ANS and the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, will feature contributions by the foremost scholars in the field. The papers will offer a numismatic and historical overview of each region represented by the coins in the R. B. Witschonke Collection.

It may come as a surprise to learn that as the Romans came to dominate the Mediterranean world, they ruled most of it without imposing their own coinage. Yet this was typical of the Romans’ pragmatic attitude to imperialism, and their tendency to retain any existing forms of effective organization in newly conquered territories. Indeed, it is now generally recognized that we should not talk of “the Roman economy” as a single phenomenon. Instead we should conceive of it as a group of substantially separate regional economies that were yet strongly interconnected through tribute payments and the movements of armies and goods. Although payment in kind played an important role in the Roman world, coinage was still paramount in transactions between the provinces and Rome. To understand those interactions, it is thus important to research the manifold ways in which local coinages converged, at least partly, to create compatible monetary systems across the Roman Empire. 

The Roman Provincial Coinage series offers an incomparable tool for the study of the coinages issued in the Roman provinces and client kingdoms from the age of the Civil Wars onward, but does not include the local production in those regions in the preceding decades. The 4,000 coins included in the R. B. Witschonke Collection at the ANS, mainly dating from the second and the first century BCE, provide the prologue to the study of Roman Provincial coinage. Most of the specimens are of great historical and numismatic value, as they illustrate the gradual transition from distinct to compatible monetary systems in the Mediterranean basin. While exhibiting an extraordinary variety in appearance and weight, the coins of the collection tell the tale of a partial convergence toward the Roman monetary system before the inception of the so-called Roman Provincial coinage in the second half of the first century BCE. The ways in which this convergence took place are manifold, spanning from imitations of Roman Republican denarii from Romania and Gaul to the lead tokens of Spain, from Aesillas’ tetradrachms in Macedonia to the Romano-Sicilian coins in Sicily, local coinages and pseudo-mints in Central and Southern Italy. The collection thus offers a unique overview of the diverse ways in which the monetary systems of the Mediterranean basin responded to the Roman conquest in the second and early first century BCE and to the related necessity of interconnectivity. 

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Michel Amandry (BnF)

François de Callataÿ (Royal Library of Belgium, Free University of Brussels)

Federico Carbone (Università di Salerno)

Phil Davis (Independent Researcher)

Claude Eilers (McMaster University)

Suzanne Frey-Kupper (Warwick University)

Hale Guney (AIAS, Aarhus University)

David Hendin (ANS)

Sophia Kremydi (KERA, IHR, NHRF)

Andrew McCabe (Independent Researcher)

Andrew Meadows (Oxford University)

Annalisa Polosa (Sapienza Università di Roma)

Pere Pau Ripollés (Universitat de València)

Clive Stannard (Warwick University)

Euan Wall (INHA)


Lucia F. Carbone (ANS)

Oliver D. Hoover (ANS)

Liv M. Yarrow (Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, CUNY)


March 23

Chair: Andrew Meadows

Coinage in the Roman Provinces before RPC: introductory remarks

8:15–8:45 am EST Welcome and opening remarks (Gilles Bransbourg, ANS Executive Director)

8:45–9:30 am EST Hidden power indeed: the surrogate coinages used by the Romans in Greece and Asia Minor (François de Callataÿ)

Roman influence on late Hellenistic coinages in the East

9:45–10:30 am EST Cistophoric Mysteries Solved: The Contribution of the R.B.Witschonke Collection (Lucia F. Carbone)

10:30–11:15 am EST Philippica (Oliver D. Hoover)

11:30 am–12:15 pm EST Some Cilician coins from R.B. Witschonke Collection at the ANS (Annalisa Polosa)

12:45–1:30 pm EST Coins of Samaria and the Decapolis (David Hendin)

Highlights of the first conference's first day

March 24

Chair: Pere Pau Ripollès

Roman Magistrates on coinages issued in the Provinces of the Roman Empire

8:15–9:00 am EST Some remarks on the Roman monetary economy in Bithynia in the light of new evidence from R. B Witschonke Collection (Hale Güney)

9:15–10:00 am EST A Proconsular Bronze and the End of Atarneus (Claude Eilers)

10:00–10:45 am EST Macedonia and Thrace from the Roman invasion to the time of Augustus: the contribution of the RBW coin collection (Sophia Kremydi)

11:00–11:45 am EST Romano-Sicilian coins and other coinages of Sicily issued under Roman rule, a mirror of the formation and transformation of Rome’s first province: RBW’s legacy (Suzanne Frey-Kupper)

12:00 pm–12:45 pm EST The Coinage of Copia in the RBW Collection (Euan Wall)

Highlights of the first conference's second day

March 25

Chair: Joel Allen & Liv Yarrow

Coinages issued under the Romans in the Western Provinces

8:15–9:00 am EST The Roman Struck Bronze Coinage of Luceria and Canusium (Andrew McCabe)

9:15–10:00 am EST Small Change in Roman Republican Coinage (Liv M. Yarrow)

10:00–10:45 am EST The impact of Roman Republican Coinage on Spanish local issues. The unofficial imitations (Pere Pau Ripollès)

11:00–11:45 am EST Two Denarius Imitations in the the RBW Collection (Phil Davis)

11:45 am–12:30 pm EST Magistrates and citizens: the coinage of Paestum in  the RBW Collection (Federico Carbone)

12:45–1:30 pm EST Non-state coinages of Republican Italy (Clive Stannard)

1:30–2:00 pm EST Final Remarks and Comments

Highlights of the first conference's third day

Money Talks: The Question of Gold in Fourth-Century Egypt

The gold solidus is among the most iconic objects of Late Antiquity. This talk will present the numismatic evidence for fourth century solidi found in Egypt in order to bring nuance to the role of gold coinage throughout this important initial period of monetary and economic transition.

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With Dr. Stephen Scher and Dr. Arnold-Peter C. Weiss

January 30, 2021
1:00 pm EST

This Money Talks will be held live on Zoom. Members only. A Link will be made sent to members the day of the lecture.

Through its medallic history, Dr. Stephen Scher and Dr. Arnold-Peter C. Weiss highlight the importance of the Dutch Republic in the 17th century from its status as a trading powerhouse, its military prowess, its standing as the art center of Europe, and the technological revolution taking place at that time. With Dr. Scher discussing cast and struck medals and Dr. Weiss discussing engraved medals, they will contextualize the medallic art of this century and describe how these events shaped its production—specifically touching on the hollow "plaquette-penningen" and the engraved types, which are typically Dutch.

This lecture will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube for later viewing.

Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations is supported by an ANS endowment fund generously given in honor of Mr. Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli and Mrs. Elvira Clain-Stefanelli.

ANS Gala 2021
Thursday, January 14, 1:00 pm EST

Invitation | ProgramSpeakers | Raffle

Benefactor $5,000

  • Invite up to 30 guests
  • 60 raffle tickets (30 for you and one for each of your guests) 
  • Recognition online, in printed Gala materials, and the ANS Magazine
  • Limited edition pins commissioned by Saltus Award winner, João Duarte (one for you and one for each of your guests)

Patron $2,500

  • Invite up to 15 guests
  • 30 raffle tickets (15 for you and one for each of your guests) 
  • Recognition online, in printed Gala materials, and the ANS Magazine
  • Limited edition pins commissioned by Saltus Award winner, João Duarte (one for you and one for each of your guests)

Individual Supporter $100

We hope you will join these donors who have already made a commitment to support this event. 


  • Leonard Augsburger & Debra Kurtz
  • Kenneth & Mary Edlow
  • David & Jeannie Hendin
  • Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co. KG
  • John D. Nebel
  • Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
  • Lawrence R. Stack/Stack Family
  • Anthony J. Terranova
  • Mark Tomasko
  • Vilmar Numismatics


  • Alain Baron—Numismatica Genevensis SA 
  • Classical Numismatic Group, LLC
  • Carole Anne Menzi Collier 
  • Heritage Auctions
  • Dan & Connie Hamelberg
  • Members of the New York Numismatic Club
  • Ute Wartenberg Kagan & Jonathan Kagan
  • Shanna Schmidt Numismatics Inc.
  • Stack’s Bowers Galleries
  • Dave and Judy Steine

Raffle Donors

  • Keith Barron
  • Michael Beall
  • Victor England, Eric McFadden, & A. Peter Weiss
  • Ute Wartenberg Kagan & Jonathan Kagan
  • Mary Lannin
  • Shanna Schmidt Numismatics Inc.
  • Edward J. Waddell, Ltd.

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