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long-table

Friday, January 30
1:00 pm EST

As a part of our new Long Table initiative to invite outside curators from coin cabinets around the world, join Director of the Numismatic Department of the Vatican Library Eleonora Giampiccolo for a discussion on Vatican coin cabinet. She will speak on the history of the collection, its acquisitions, and its locations over the centuries as well as highlighting signature pieces and historical relics—including little-known coin finds in the Roman catacombs and coins found around St. Peter’s tomb.

The Long Table sessions are open to ANS members only. A link will be sent to all active ANS members the morning of the talk.

Past Long Table sessions

New York, NY
For Immediate Release
January 21, 2021

The American Numismatic Society announces with great sadness the death of its Trustee and former President, Sydney F. Martin.

The family has provided the following obituary.  The Society will publish a longer obituary and appreciation of his numismatic life and work in the upcoming ANS Magazine

Sydney Furman Martin, of Amelia Island, FL, passed away peacefully on Jan. 19, 2021, after a protracted battle with cancer. An entrepreneur, philanthropist, and world-renown collector, he was born in December 1945, at the Smoky Hill (Kansas) Air Force Base to Furman C. Martin Jr. and Naomi Louise (Stevens) Martin. He moved with his family throughout the United States until his father retired in 1959, when the family put roots down in Warsaw, IN.  After graduating from Warsaw High School in 1963, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned in five years both SB and SM degrees. It was there that he began his long career in the defense industry.

After a stint with Auerbach Corporation, he joined Analytics, where he worked for nearly 20 years, gradually rising to become its Chief Operation Officer. Looking to challenge himself, in 1988, he and his wife, Sharon, founded Sytex, Inc., which, under his leadership grew into The Sytex Group, Inc., a company supporting Army, Air Force, Navy and National Intelligence clients, that employed more than 3,000. During that time, he was awarded the Order of St. Barbara (for work advancing Army artillery) and the Knowlton Medal (for exceptional work in advancing the Intelligence community).

Meticulous about business, he was also passionate about art, numismatics, and philanthropy. He lived for more than 30 years in Doylestown, PA, and became involved in a number of local and national boards. He became the President of the American Numismatic Society, and the Chair of the Michener Museum of Art, the Executive Vice President of the Doylestown Historical Society, and the Vice President of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Board of the Heritage Conservancy, the Washington Crossing Council of the Boy Scouts of America (he was proud to earn his own Eagle Scout distinction), and the National Bibliographic Society. He was the editor of the award-winning Colonial Coin Collectors Society Newsletter, the author of numerous articles and five books that have become basic references dealing with specialty topics of Colonial and Pre-Federal numismatics. He earned election to the Rittenhouse Society, The Antonelli Society, and the prestigious Archer Huntington Award from ANS. In addition, the Colonial Coin Collectors Society created the Sydney F. Martin Numismatic Publication Award. Syd and Sharon are known for their vast and varied philanthropic efforts and contributions, most notably the creation of the Philadelphia Prostate Cancer Biome Project at Jefferson Hospital.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon (nee Athy), of 47 years, as well as his sister, Martha Moore of Springfield, MO; and brother, Timothy, of Denver, CO. His brother Wayne predeceased him. His children, of whom he was extremely proud, are: son Daniel S. Martin (Bria) of Mill Valley, CA, the founder and president of AMPED, Inc., daughter Jessica Thompson (Mark) of Lynchburg, VA, CEO of the Martin Foundation; son Dr. James F. Martin (Amy-Beth) of Rumson, NJ, emergency physician; and stepson Kevin M. Sylvester of Attica, OH, builder and musician. He was equally proud of his grandchildren: Landis, Turner, Graeme, Nyla, Asher, Wyatt, and Cody.

A private service will be held; a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sydney Martin may be directed to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health.  Please donate online at www.jefferson.edu/Give or make checks payable to Jefferson, note “Memorial-Sydney Martin” in the memo, and mail to: Jefferson Office of Institutional Advancement, 125 S. 9th St., Suite 600, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events & Announcements


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2021 Annual Gala
Join us for our 2021 Gala! The ANS Annual Gala honoring Lottie and Mark Salton will be held virtually on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Join for pre-program "Cabinet Conversations" at 12:30 and for the Gala program at 1PM ET. The event will feature keynote speaker Jacob Goldstein, NPR correspondent and author of the new book,MONEY: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing. Patrons, Sponsors, and Individual Supporters of the Gala will receive raffle tickets and a limited edition pin designed by Saltus Award winner João Duarte. Program details and information on sponsorships, ticket purchases, and the raffle prizes can be found here.

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The 2020 Year End Appeal is on
The American Numismatic Society relies on the generosity of our members and donors. As 2020 concludes, consider making a year-end donation today. Thank you for your support! View the Year End Appeal here.

December in Review

Bactrian coin
Silver Tetradrachm of Eucratides I of Bactria, Bactria, 170 BC - 145 BC. 1997.9.68 http://numismatics.org/collection/1997.9.68?lang=en

ANS Awarded NEH Grant
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Society a $150,000 grant for the two-year joint ANS-Oxford University OXUS-INDUS project. The international award will allow the project team from the institutions in the US, UK, Germany, and Pakistan to further research aspects of Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek coinages. Learn more about the projecthere.

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The Roman Republican Die Project Launched New Site 
The Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP), sponsored by the American Numismatic Society and generously funded by the Arete Foundation, is the largest die study ever undertaken. Read more about the project here.

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New Videos on YouTube!
Watch the new videos posted to the ANS YouTube Channel: Dr. Warren Esty presents on Die Studies in his Money TalkDr. Jesse Kraft presents the Brasher Doubloon in our new series, the ANS's Greatest Coinsand Mr. Sydney Martin accepts the 2020 Archer Huntington Award and delievers the Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture.

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November Long Tables & Money Talks
This month’s Long Table discussions included: “The G. N. Olcott Collection” with Dr. Lucia Carbone, “Connections, Community & Coinage" with numismatists George Watson and Bernhard Woytek, and "The Numismatic Collection in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan" with Dr. Irene Soto Marín. ANS Curator Emeritus Michael Bates delivered a Money Talks lecture, "The Silver Coinage of Iran Under its Early Muslim Governors, 651-705". 

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. 

Benefactors 

  • 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

Patrons

  • 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.


Press Release

December 1, 2020
New York, NY
For Immediate Release

The American Numismatic Society Announces New Prize in Ancient Numismatics

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics, given in memory of the late Professor James M. Collier. The Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics is a substantial monetary prize that will be awarded biennially to the best single- or multi-authored book, catalogue, or online digital work in the field of ancient numismatics (650 BCE–300 CE).

A jury of five senior numismatists, including a senior ANS curator, will be appointed biennially by the President of the American Numismatic Society to select the recipients. The Collier Prize will be offered for the first time in 2021 and the winner(s) will receive prize money of $20,000, to be split equally in the event of a multi-authored work. For the initial prize, eligible publications will be limited to those works published in 2019 or 2020. The jury will announce its selection in late 2021. Details for the Collier Prize can be found on the ANS’s website at numismatics.org/collier.

The Collier Prize honors the life of Professor James M. Collier. Professor Collier was born in Bellingham, Washington and completed his PhD in Art History at the University of Michigan in 1975. He served as a tenured professor and department chair in the Art History Department at Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama). Over the course of his academic career, he lectured widely and published on the Italian Renaissance and Early Netherlandish perspective, which was the subject of his doctoral dissertation.

In addition to his scholarship, Professor Collier actively pursued other interests. He traveled widely and met his wife Carole Anne in the Sacristy of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. In total, he visited 84 countries—including in 2012 when he sailed with a crew of three on a 50-foot sailboat from South Africa to Brazil. In 1990, Professor Collier and Carole Anne moved to the Netherlands, where he was a self-sufficient artist until the end of his life. His paintings cover a range of topics, including portraits, dogs, views of Amsterdam, Italian architecture, ships, and fantasies, many of which can be found on the website jimcollier.nl.

Collecting ancient coins was the foundation of his broad fascination with art, history, and culture. His collection of almost 1,000 Greek and Roman coins gave him immense pleasure, continually inspiring him by their beauty and depictions of famous monuments and portraits of Hellenistic and Roman rulers.  A complete profile of Professor Collier will be included in the Spring issue of the ANS Magazine.

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.

Press Release: The Roman Republican Die Project Launches Site

New York, NYDecember 2, 2020For Immediate Release The Roman Republican Die Project Launches Site The Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP), sponsored by the American Numismatic Society and generously funded by the Arete Foundation, is the largest die study ever undertaken. It draws from decades of diligent numismatic research and it is based on Richard Schaefer’s…
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2020 Year End Appeal

Together, we have been through many unforeseen situations during the past year. Throughout it all, your support has never wavered, and we wish to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the abiding faith you have shown the Society. Today as we begin our Year-End Appeal, we enter a critical fundraising window for…
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For Immediate Release
New York, NY
November 30, 2020

ANS Launches MACO Archives Website 

The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the launch of the Medallic Art Company (MACO) Archives website. This website is designed to provide a glimpse into the MACO Archives and to serve as a location for updates about the collection as the ANS moves forward with the project. View the website at http://numismatics.org/maco/.

Until its bankruptcy in 2016, MACO was one of the oldest and largest operating private mints in the United States. Founded in New York City around 1907, for more than a century MACO employed some of America’s most notable artists to craft commemorative, award, portrait, and other medals for a huge number of individuals and institutions. Many of the most famous medals in the United States—including the Pulitzer Prize Medal, the Randolph Caldecott medal, and official medals of Presidential inaugurations—were produced by the Medallic Art Company.

In 2017 the American Numismatic Society acquired the MACO archives—which consist of over 50,000 individual items, including medals, dies, galvanos, plaques, and photographic records—and set about making these precious resources accessible to collectors, scholars, and all other interested individuals. Central to these efforts is the The MACO Archives website. The site is divided into five categories to facitate navigation:

The MACO Specimen Archive includes basic information for nearly every medal that MACO produced between 1907 and 2013. This is a primary component to the website and can help researchers and interested parties with identifying a given medal.

The Essays component contains articles related to the history of MACO and medals more broadly.

The Photo Archives give a visual glimpse into MACO, especially regarding production of the medals and their recipients from the mid-20th century.

The Future of MACO outlines the long-term goals of the American Numismatic Society for the collection.

Lastly, the Blog is where the ANS will update visitors to the site of the progress being made on the collection in real time. Subscribers to the blog will automatically receive these updates.

“This collection is an invaluable part of American cultural heritage, in terms of art, history, and society,” said Dr. Jesse Kraft, Assistant Curator of American Numismatics, “The ANS is proud to own the collection and happy that we are able to share more and more information on one of the most important private mints in American history.”

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.