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Long Table No. 77
Daily Bread: Observations on Archaic Greek Markets and Small Change

Friday, January 21
1:00 pm ET

Some of the physically smallest coins we know of, some as small as 0.10 grams, were produced around the time that electrum coins were introduced in the 7th c. BCE. Even after the general switch to silver coinage in the mid-6th c. BCE, tiny coins continued to be produced. In this Long Table, Chief Curator Peter van Alfen considers the problems these smallest coins poise for our understanding of coin production and retail trade in the Archaic Period. 

ANS Members only. A link will be sent to members the day of the event.

Past Long Table sessions

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 and staff. The ANS Lyceum is open to all with no prior knowledge of numismatics or history required or expected. See full Press Release.

Wednesdays,
12:30–2:00 pm (ET)

$100 for ANS Members
$250 for non-members

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Scholarships are available for students


February 9–March 16, 2022

Judean and Biblical Numismatics 

with ANS Vice President, Adjunct Curator David Hendin

February 9—Persian Period and Basics
February 16—Jewish Royal Coinage I
February 23—Jewish Royal Coinage II
March 2—The Jewish Wars
March 9—New Testament Coins and Conservation and Forgeries
March 16—Roman Provincial Coins of the Ancient Holy Land

Contact Austin Goodwin Andrews at aandrews@numismatics.org with questions.

Past sessions

September 22–October 27, 2021

Money of the United States

with Dr. Jesse Kraft, Assistant Curator of American Numismatics

July 14–August 4, 2021

Photography Workshop

with ANS Senior Photographer Alan Roche

May 19–June 30, 2021

Coins of Rome

with Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg
& Assistant Curator Lucia Carbone

March 31–May 5, 2021

Coins from the Archaic to Hellenistic periods 

with ANS Chief Curator Peter van Alfen

Money Talks
Paying Attention: Images of Monuments on Roman Imperial Coins

with Prof. Francesco de Angelis

Saturday, January 29
1:00 pm ET

Representations of architecture on Roman coins have long been studied by scholars interested in retrieving information about ancient monuments, especially those ones that are partially or totally lost. Recent scholarship has shown that numismatic images cannot be treated as straightforward and objective sources about the appearance of these monuments. However, they remain a significant witness of the reception of such buildings. In other words, they can give us an idea of how a temple or an arch were viewed, or were supposed to be viewed—which aspects of their architecture, which details of their decoration were deemed important and worthy of special focus. The talk will address the methodological implications of this approach with the help of selected cases. In particular, it will argue that we need to achieve an adequate understanding of the dynamics of attention in order properly to appreciate the way in which architectural images on coins functioned in antiquity.

A link will be sent to all active members on the morning of the talk. To make sure you are on the list, contact Austin Goodwin Andrews at membership@numismatics.org. 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 2009 at the Waldorf Astoria honoring Harvey Stack

Harvey Stack 1928–2022

The ANS mourns our long time friend and generous benefactor, Harvey G. Stack. He joined the Society in 1969 and became a Fellow in 1983. We had the privilege of honoring him at the 2009 Annual Gala Dinner.

"A gentleman, a friend, and a widely admired member of the numismatic family, he will be be deeply missed." ANS President Ute Wartenberg

The following obituary was provided by the Stack Family.

Harvey G. Stack of Long Island, New York, numismatist, professional coin dealer, and business owner passed away on January 3, 2022, at the age of 93. Harvey was born in Manhattan on June 3, 1928, the son of Morton M. Stack and Muriel Stack. He grew up in Bronx and Jamaica, New York and attended NYU. His life revolved around his family and around numismatics, as generations of the Stack family built upon the rare coin business founded in 1933 by Harvey’s father, Morton, and his uncle Joseph at 690 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. Presenting their first public auction in 1935, Stack’s quickly progressed to larger premises and a growing reputation. Although as a youngster he had worked after school and during vacations at the firm’s Manhattan coin store, it wasn’t until 1947 that Harvey Stack went to work full time for Stack’s Rare Coins, a career that would last more than 70 years. As one of the second generation of family members to join the firm, Harvey worked alongside his father, uncle, and cousins Norman and Benjamin, supported by a staff of experts that comprised many of the most well-known professional numismatists of the 20th century.

In 1953 Stack’s moved to a gallery at 123 West 57th Street, a location that would be home to the firm for more than 60 years and become a popular destination, known as the “clubhouse” for collectors from all over the world. As a family member, Harvey’s responsibilities were wide ranging, assisting clients in the store, traveling to pick up collections and attend conventions and coin shows, cataloging auction lots, auctioneering, and any other work that needed to be done. He became an expert in many areas of numismatics and was able to translate his warm and jovial personality into long-term relationships with the collectors and dealers he worked with over his career.

The decades following World War II were times of great growth for Stack’s. Besides opening a new and improved location, they were tapped to present at auction many important collections including Anderson-Dupont, Davis-Graves, Charles A. Cass (“Empire”), R.L. Miles, Massachusetts Historical Society, Samuel Wolfson, and George Walton, as well as conducting public auctions in conjunction with major numismatic shows including the American Numismatic Association and the Metropolitan New York conventions. In the 1970s, Harvey’s son Larry and daughter Susan joined the firm, bringing in a third generation.

Harvey and the Stack family were instrumental in building some of the greatest collections of their time, including the cabinet of gold coins assembled by Josiah K. Lilly, chairman of the Eli Lilly & Co. pharmaceutical company. After Lilly’s death in 1966, his collection of over 6,000 coins became part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian, a process aided by Harvey and other members of the Stack family. Over the decades, Harvey and the Stack family also built a relationship with Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., who accumulated the only complete collection of United States coins ever formed. In 1976, when the nation was celebrating its Bicentennial, Harvey and the firm helped facilitate the display of Eliasberg’s incomparable collection at the United States Mint in Philadelphia.

Harvey Stack’s role in numismatics was not purely business. He fought for clearer import regulations on coins from overseas and testified before a congressional subcommittee leading up to the Hobby Protection Act of 1973. He worked with the American Numismatic Association and other professionals in the effort to develop a standardized grading system for coins. In 1996 he appeared before the U.S. House Banking Committee to propose the 50 State Quarters Program, which brought countless new collectors into the hobby. Harvey Stack served on the board of the Professional Numismatists Guild for nearly a decade and acted as its president for two years beginning in 1989. In 1993 he received the PNG's Founder's Award, their highest honor, for his dedication to the hobby. Over the years, Harvey was a great supporter of the American Numismatic Association, the American Numismatic Society, and the Smithsonian Institution. He was a long-term member of the International Association of Professional Numismatists, as well as numerous other numismatic societies.

As the 20th century turned to the 21st, Harvey Stack and Stack’s were still going strong, as Larry and Harvey brought to auction the incredible John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, and many other famous name cabinets. In addition, they partnered with Sotheby’s in the record-breaking sale of the first 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle to cross the auction block. In 2011, Stack’s merged with Bowers and Merena to create Stack’s Bowers Galleries, one of the top numismatic auction firms in the country and a company that continues the Stack family’s legacy of presenting important numismatic cabinets and realizing record-breaking prices. Harvey remained involved in the new business until the very end, telling the company’s history, mentoring staff members, and maintaining his relationships within the hobby. Most recently he and Larry worked with the estate of long-time friends and clients Mark and Lottie Salton to bring their outstanding collection of world and ancient coins to market. It is unfortunate that Harvey will not be there to see the fruits of his labor as this remarkable cabinet crosses the auction block in 2022 and 2023.

Harvey was predeceased by his parents, his uncle Joseph, his cousins Norman and Ben. He is survived by his wife, Harriet, children Larry (Loretta) and Susan (Larry) , grandchildren Rebecca (Jimmy) and Matthew (Tanya), and five great-grandchildren: Bryce, Avery, Dylan, Brielle and James.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the American Numismatic Society or a charity of choice. The family can be contacted at Harveygs6328@gmail.com.

2022 Annual Gala Dinner

Thursday, January 13, 2022
Harvard Club, New York City

in honor of
David Hendin

David Hendin

David Hendin

David Hendin is a widely-admired authority on weights and currency of the ancient Levant, with a focus on Judean, biblical, Roman provincial, and Nabataean numismatics. He has authored 18 books, including Guide to Biblical Coins (the sixth edition was recently published), Cultural Change: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Coins of the Holy Land (2011), and Ancient Scale Weights and Pre-Coinage Currency of the Near East (2007), along with more than 75 book chapters and articles in scholarly journals.

As an editor Mr. Hendin worked with the late Prof. Ya’akov Meshorer on Coins Reveal, Ancient Jewish Coinage Vols. I & II, the English edition of A Treasury of Jewish Coins, and, with Andrew Meadows, on Coins of the Holy Land: The Abraham and Marian Sofaer Collection at the American Numismatic Society and the Israel Museum.

For 45 years, ever since joining the ANS in 1976, David Hendin has been a generous supporter, contributing not only financially but substantively as a scholar, researcher, writer, lecturer, and charming and engaging advocate for the Society. Among his countless contributions was his role as the principal curator of the award-winning ANS exhibit “Cultural Change: Coins of the Holy Land” at the New York Federal Reserve Bank Museum in 2010–11. Mr. Hendin was first elected Fellow in 1992 and is now a Life Fellow and a member of the Augustus B. Sage Society.

He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016 and currently serves as First Vice President and sits on many of its committees.

“One of the most distinguished and beloved members of the community. It is hard to think of an individual who deserves the Trustees’ Award as much as he does,” notes ANS President Ute Wartenberg.

In compliance with the New York City vaccine mandate for public indoor spaces, the Harvard Club requires all guests to show proof of vaccination.

Benefactors

Richard M. Beleson
Kenneth and Mary Edlow
The Hendin Family

Patrons

Michael and Ann Beall

Friends

David and Lauren Albert
American Numismatic Association
Classical Numismatic Group, LLC
Dan and Connie Hamelberg
Heritage Auctions
Anthony J. Terranova
Vilmar Numismatics LLC

Supporters

Leonard Augsburger and Debra Kurtz
Jere L. Bacharach
Scott E. Buck, CPA
Charles Catlett
Eby G. Friedman
Ira Goldberg
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
Steve Rubinger
Christopher Salmon
Donald R. Simon


Press Release

Press Release
New York, NY
For Immediate Release 
November 8, 2021

Winner of the ANS’s Collier Prize Announced

In 2020, Carole Anne Menzi Collier established the Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics at the American Numismatic Society, a new award offered for the first time in 2021. The Prize is named after her late husband Professor James M. Collier and commemorates the life of a remarkable man, an ardent lover of the history and culture of Europe and the Ancient world, and a passionate collector of ancient Greek and Roman coins. A feature on the life of Prof. Collier was published in ANS Magazine 2020, vol. 4.


This substantial monetary prize is to be awarded every third year to the best single or multi-authored book, catalogue, or online digital work in the field of ancient numismatics (650 BCE to 300 CE). The winner(s) receive prize money of $20,000, to be split equally in the event of a multi-authored work. For the initial prize, eligible publications were limited to those works published in 2019 or 2020. A jury of five senior numismatists appointed by the President of the ANS reviewed the nine works submitted this year for the contest and, after a protracted period of study and discussion, selected the winner of the 2021 Collier Prize.

At the Annual Meeting held on October 23rd, the winner was announced: Richard Abdy’s Roman Imperial Coinage (RIC) vol.II.3 on the coinage of the Emperor Hadrian from AD 117 to 138 (Spink, 2020). Abdy has worked at the British Museum since 1993 and since 1998 has been a curator of Roman coins in the Department of Coins and Medals. Aside from his award-winning RIC volume, Abdy has published widely on Roman coinage and has long been involved in recording Roman coin hoards in England. An award ceremony for Abdy will be announced in the coming months.

“We are certainly thrilled to bestow the first Collier Prize on Abdy’s exceptional study of Hadrian’s coinage,” ANS Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg said, “and at the same time extend our gratitude to Carole Anne Menzi Collier for establishing what will no doubt become one of the most important Prizes in our field.” 

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.

Dear Friends and Members,

As we find ourselves racing toward the end of 2021, we can look back with justifiable pride at the remarkable achievements of the Society’s 164th year. Today, though, I am more focused on our 165th, and I ask you to consider making it one to distinguish through a gift to our Year-End Appeal.

Thanks to your support this past year we were able to present Long Tables, Money Talks, and the ANS Lyceum; we hosted the Roman Provincial Coinages conference and resurrected the Coinage of the Americas Conference, offering it in a hybrid format for both in-person and remote participants; we produced the ANS Greatest Coins videos, our Pocket Change blog, and the Planchet podcast; and we greatly ramped up the digitization of the European collection and our work on other new programs and projects that the ANS team is bringing to fruition.

Daily, we are growing more ambitious for the Society’s future. Once again we are open to the public, we will resume the Summer Seminar, and we will expand our hybrid events in which all our members can participate regardless of where in the country—or the world!—they are. But as you know, we can realize our enthusiastic plans only with your help.

Please support our efforts with a donation to the Year-End Appeal before December 31, and make 2022 a year to celebrate in earnest.

From myself, the Board of Trustees, and the entire staff of the ANS, please accept our deepest gratitude for enabling the Society to be an unparalleled resource for all those enchanted and excited by numismatics, financial literacy, and what they bring to our understanding of our shared cultural history.

Gilles Bransbourg
Dr. Gilles Bransbourg
Executive Director

ANS Table at the ANA World's Fair of Money

Join us for an ANS Members' Breakfast at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore!

Friday, November 19

7:30–9:30 AM    Breakfast
8:00–8:30 AM    Program

A Members’ Breakfast is being sponsored by a generous donor at the 2021 Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo, Room 309, where we would like to thank you for your support. You and a guest are invited to join us and and enjoy the opportunity to chat, eat, and hear a short presentation by Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg and Assistant Curator of American Numismatics Jesse Kraft, who will give his "two cents" on the two cent piece.