Category Archives: Exhibitions

ANS at Crystal Palace Exhibit at Bard

[caption id="attachment_11346" align="aligncenter" width="220"] 1940.100.1018[/caption] On March 23, 2017, New York Crystal Palace 1853 opened at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. Shedding light on a near-forgotten aspect of New York’s cultural history, this exhibition explores the first world’s fair held in the United States. The Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations…
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ISAW Exhibition at NYU closes April 23rd

On October 19, 2016 an exciting new exhibition entitled Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity was opened at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University. The exhibit explores the ways in which time was conceived, organized and recorded in Greco-Roman world. It includes over 130 artifacts that illustrated…
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Traveling Exhibits

The ANS lends items from the collection to museums and traveling exhibits. Some of those exhibits are listed here: Exhibits in the United States ANS at Crystal Palace Exhibit at Bard The National Museum of the American Indian, The George Gustav Heye Center, New York, NY, Ongoing. National Park Service Fort Union Trading Post, Williston, ND, Ongoing.…
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100 Years of Solicitude: Collecting by the New York Numismatic Club

This exhibit was on view from September 2008 until January 2009 at ANS headquarters. Generously sponsored by Members of the New York Numismatic Club and Numismatica Genevensis SA About the exhibit This exhibition, hosted with the New York Numismatic Club, celebrates the diversity of collecting in one of the oldest clubs in the United States.…
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New Acquisitions 2009

From ancient Greek and Roman, Islamic and South Asian coinages, to rare and valuable U.S. coins and contemporary artistis and industrial medals, ANS members and other generous donors continue to fill gaps in the ANS Collection with important new acquisitions. A new exhibition of ANS recent acquisitions will be on view in the gallery at…
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Victor David Brenner Archival Materials

Donated to the American Numismatic Society by Jonathan H. Kagan 
 The American Numismatic Society is honored to present a group of important archival items kindly donated by generous benefactor Mr. Jonathan H. Kagan. Among the Society’s most important acquisitions, these materials relate to Victor David Brenner (1871-1924), the prominent artist, sculptor, and engraver who…
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Small Wonders: Miniature and Pocket-Sized Numismatic Literature

October 20, 2012 - October, 2013 Introduction According to the Miniature Book Society, a miniature book in the United States is “usually considered to be one which is no more than three inches in height, width, or thickness. Some aficionados collect slightly larger books while others specialize in even smaller sizes. Outside of the United States,…
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Ophthalmologia in Nummis

This exhibit, featuring items from the collection of Augustus B. Sage Society member, Jay M. Galst, M.D., explores the representation of ophthalmology as a medical specialty in numismatics. Currently on view in the Sage Society Room at the ANS headquarters.
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An Area of Limited Inflation: The United States

Early Federal America In 1792, the young United States of America defined its standard unit of value as a dollar worth 24.057 g of pure silver. Theoretically convertible banknotes were issued by about 1,600 local state-chartered banks. Gold was only sporadically minted. Its unit of value was called the eagle, worth ten silver dollars. Usually, half eagle coins…
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Times of Hyperinflation

Hyperinflation Coins always had a degree of intrinsic value. With paper banknotes, this constraint disappeared. These virtually free-of-costs monetary signs that could bear any officially decided value led to the decoupling of intrinsic and nominal values. The temptation for many modern states to exploit this opportunity proved too great to be resisted. As a result,…
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