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Coins as Social Artifacts

Organized by the Numismatics Interest Group of the Archaeological Institute of America
For the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America

January 7-10, 2021
Chicago, IL

Coins are more than just indicators of a monetized society. All the activities for which people use coins are embedded in social relations and the social aspects of their use often influence the life histories of coins. From the many socially and politically influenced decisions that are involved in the making of coins (e.g., the intentionality of types for different purposes), through manipulations and alterations that suggest functions or meanings beyond their original intended purpose (e.g., piercing, graffiti, integration into other objects), to ramifications of the findspots on our interpretation of ancient societies (e.g., ritual deposition, spatial structure of coin losses), coins play an active role in social actions of many different kinds. This session welcomes papers that explore the ways in which the archaeology of coins can illuminate the meanings and roles they played in society beyond the purely economic.

Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to Martin Beckmann ( by February 24, 2020, in order to allow time for anonymous peer review. Please remember to make your abstract anonymous. Papers will be 15 or 20 minutes (please specify requested time) and all presenters will have to be AIA members in good standing at the time of the meeting. Please distribute this call for papers to anyone you think may be interested in submitting a proposal.

The 2020 Summer Seminar is Now Accepting Applications

Study at the Foremost Seminar in Numismatic Methods, Theory, and Data Science For over half a century, The American Numismatic Society, a scholarly organization and museum of coins, money, and economic history, has offered select graduate students and junior faculty the opportunity to work hands-on with its preeminent numismatic collections. With over three-quarters of a…
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"Lost in the Odyssey" by Mashiko
2019 Saltus Award to Mashiko
The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce that Mashiko is the recipient of the Society’s prestigious 2019 J. Sanford Saltus Award for Signal Achievement in the Art of the Medal. The ceremony will take place at the ANS headquarters in New York City on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 6 pm. There will be a subscription dinner held after the event for $85 per person. More...


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Between Text and Objects: Coinage and the "Periplus of the Erythraean Sea"
Join us on December 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm for Between Text and Objects: Coinage and the "Periplus of the Erythraean Sea" with Dr. Shailen Bhandare. The lecture will highlight and contextualize the information in the Periplus by providing examples from the numismatic evidence. It will also broadly outline how object exchange across the Indian Ocean facilitated dissemination of art, cultural notions, and technologies across the wider Roman Empire world of East Africa, Arabia, and India. More...


Money Talks | Wine & Coins
Join us for an edible history of ancient Rome. Come and enjoy food prepared via ancient Roman recipes, paired with the wine produced in Mediterranean or by ancient techniques. Coins from the ancient world to modern tokens will be on display illustrating a long history between wine & coins. Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg will lead the event with the help and expertise of MJ Macamara, PhD candidate in classics and NYC chef, and Alex Conison, PhD on the Ancient Roman wine trade and senior brand manager for Jose Cuervo USA. More...


Can we count you in?
The Year-End Appeal is now on!
There are many noteworthy achievements of the past year, and you can read about them in our 2019 Annual Report. All of them were realized by a remarkably small and dedicated staff—and your absolutely essential financial help. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. More...


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2020 Annual Gala Dinner
The American Numismatic Society will honor Richard Beleson at the 2020 Annual Gala Dinner taking place on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the Harvard Club of New York. Click here to buy a table, a ticket, or make a roster donation.

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Austin Andrews
The ANS Welcomes a New Curatorial Assistant
Austin Andrews joined the ANS curatorial team in early November. He will be working in the Ancient Greek Coin Department, primarily for the Royal Hellenistic Coinage database.


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Three New Books are now Available for Purchase!
Three new books are now available for purchase through our distributors Casemate Academic (North America) and Oxbow Books (rest-of-world):

Jacques Wiener’s Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe: The Man, Monuments, and Medals (Studies in Medallic Art 4)
by Michael Ross
Just arrived, this book fully illustrates in color the nineteenth-century series of architectural medals created by one of Belgium’s finest engravers. The book includes a biography of Jacques Wiener, information on the history of the medals’ production from family descendants, examples of every medal in the series and companion archival architectural images, and a history of each medal’s engraving as taken from primary sources.

Connections, Communities, and Coinage: The System of Coin Production in Southern Asia Minor, AD 218–276 (Numismatic Studies 39)
by George C. Watson
This title addresses the system of coin production in the regions of Pamphylia, Pisidia, and Cilicia during the third century AD. Watson’s work, written in English, greatly advances and updates Konrad Kraft’s 1972 seminal work on this material, investigating the dies with the same engraving styles used to create bronze coinage in multiple cities, radically reappraising past conclusions and opening new avenues of investigation.

The Nablus 1968 Hoard (Numismatic Notes and Monographs 171)
by Haim Gitler and Oren Tal
This volume provides a detailed catalog of all the Samarian coins and pieces of jewelry found in the largest known assemblage of this material. In addition, the authors discuss the hoard and its context, its burial date, a synopsis of the history and archaeology of the Persian period province of Samaria, a discussion of the hoard’s Phoenician, Samarian, Athenian-styled, Philistian, and Yehud coins, Athenian tetradrachms and the few overseas Greek and Cypriot issues belonging to the hoard. Commentary is followed by archaeometallurgical studies on selected coins and jewelry.

JEAN Volume 2, Issue 2
2.2 will be mailed out in December
2019’s second issue of the Journal of Early American Numismatics is at the printer and will be mailed to subscribers by the end of December. Articles include The Authentic Fugio Restrike Dies: Newly Explained through the Biographies of C. Wyllys Betts, Horatio N. Rust, Charles Ira Bushnell, and Others by editor Christopher R. McDowell and Julia Casey; The Duyckinck Family and Copper Coinage and Samuel Atlee’s Plea for Compassion, both by Gary Trudgen; The Eric P. Newman Papers on the Newman Numismatic Portal by Len Augsburger; and Brief Analysis of Colonial Paper Money of Spanish New Orleans (1782–1796) by Ángel O. Navarro-Zayas. To subscribe, email Emma Pratte at


Dr. Michael Alram

Recipient: Dr. Michael Alram
Director, Coin Cabinet of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien in Vienna, Austria
The Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture by Dr. Michael Alram
Money and Power in Ancient Bactria

Ute Wartenberg honors Dr. Michael Alram
Research Curator Dr. Ute Wartenberg has been invited to deliver a tribute in honor of Professor Michael Alram, Director of the Coin Cabinet of the Kunsthistorische Museum, in Vienna on December 2, when Dr. Alram will receive the Wolfgang Hahn Medal.


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XVIth INC in Warsaw, 2021
Taking place every six years, the International Numismatic Congress (INC) is a unique opportunity for curators, historians, professional experts, collectors and participants from all over the world to meet up, make fruitful contacts, and to initiate projects. During her visit to the University of Warsaw, Dr. Wartenberg spoke about the upcoming XVIth INC with Professor Aleksander Bursche, who is organizing the event. It will take place in Warsaw in September 2021 and promises to be one of the largest numismatic events ever held. We encourage all ANS Members to attend! More...





Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tekin and Dr. Ute Wartenberg
2019 Huntington Awarded to Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tekin
Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tekin was awarded the 2019 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his scholarly work on ancient Greek and Roman numismatics. The award ceremony was held on November 8 and featured the Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture by Prof. Dr. Tekin, entitled Markets, Coins and Weights in Hellenistic Asia Minor. His lecture is now available on Youtube.


November 2019 Money Talks Lecture
November Money Talks: Coinage of the Ancient Black Sea
We welcomed two new members at the November "Money Talks." Coinage of the Ancient Black Sea, with our Collections Manager Elena Stolyarik, covered the numismatic history of the ancient Greek colonies on the northwestern coast of the Pontus Euxinus—the ancient name of the Black Sea.


Dr. Lucia Carbone speaks with a student during a 2019 School visit
A Visit from the Bronx School of Law and Finance
A group of students from the Bronx School of Law and Finance visited the ANS on November 20. Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Dr. Lucia Carbone presented an overview on the history of Roman coinage before giving them a tour of the premises.


Dr. Wartenberg in Warsaw
Dr. Ute Wartenberg accompanied a group of rare gold coins from the 2nd century AD—all Roman imitations—to Warsaw, where the coins are being analyzed in a laboratory of the University of Warsaw. This project is being undertaken by Dr. Tomcek Wiecek, a student of Professor Aleksander Bursche. During this visit, she gave a lecture on New Developments in Archaic Electrum Coinage, which she also gave the next day to a group of students of Professor Bernard Weisser at the coin cabinet in Berlin, Germany.


The ANS at the 2019 Baltimore Winter Expo
Trustee Mary Lannin, Executive Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg, and Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas Dr. Jesse Kraft represented the ANS at the 2019 Baltimore Winter Expo. It was a great opportunity for our members to meet our newest curator. A special thanks to Ray Williams for his help with the boxes and to Phyl Waddell for the hot chocolate.


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New ANS Trustees and Fellows
Elected at the 2019 Annual Meeting, the ANS welcomes the newest members of the Board of Trustees: Mr. Michael Beall; Mr. Scott E. Buck; Mr. Daniel G. Cohen, Mr. Jonathan Kagan; and Dr. Noel Lenski. We would also like to welcome the newly elected Fellows: Ms. Elizabeth Hahn Benge; Mr. Christopher R. McDowell; Mr. Robert Rodriguez; Mr. Donald R. Simon; and Mr. Jerry Moran, Honorary Life Fellow. Click here for a full list of ANS Fellows. Click here to read about the elected Trustees and Fellows.

Can we could you in?

November 2019

Dear Friend,

In this, my first appeal to you as Executive Director of the ANS, I first want to thank you most warmly for your continuing generosity over the years. Without you, this institution could not even exist let alone thrive—and it is most certainly thriving. For this we must all be grateful for the untiring efforts of Dr. Ute Wartenberg over the past two decades, and I am honored to follow in her footsteps.

Among much else, your support in 2019 enabled us to further our efforts on research, digitization, publications, exhibitions, and education. Some highlights include: an exhibit of medals from the ANS collection at George Washington’s Mount Vernon; the cataloging and digitization of our late colleague and benefactor Rick Witschonke’s unique collection of almost 4,000 rare coins from the Roman Imperial period; the purchase of the Del Bland archives; lectures at the ANS by respected numismatists Dr. John Kleeberg and Dr. Michel Amandry; joint conferences with Columbia University and Binghamton University; and the visits to our headquarters by school groups eager to learn about numismatics and history.

In addition, Ute and myself, along with other ANS staff and Trustees, traveled around the US to coin shows and conventions, representing the Society and greeting members from many different parts of the country. Meeting so many of you in these travels was one of the personal highlights of my year, and I look forward to seeing even more of you this year.

There are many other noteworthy achievements of the past year, and you can read about them in our 2019 Annual Report. All of them were realized by a remarkably small and dedicated staff—and your absolutely essential financial help.

Today, as we embark on our annual year-end campaign, our goal is to finish out the calendar year with a robust financial bill of health, which will allow us to move forward with the many ambitious projects we have slated for 2020. These include:

  • The publication of Royal Coinage in Hellenistic Bactria, by Simon Glenn; The Tiflis Dirhams of Mongke Khan, by Kirk Bennett; and Old Regime France and its Jetons, by Jim McClellan.
  • The rehousing and scanning of letters and records from the numismatic firm S. H. & H. Chapman.
  • Enhancing the data and photos available in MANTIS, our online search catalog.
  • Launching a new online resource based on Richard Schaffer’s die studies of Roman Republican coinage;
  • Completing the cataloging of the archives of the Medallic Art Company, with Dr. Jesse Kraft, our new Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas; and finding a permanent storage and exhibition space for these treasures.

As you may know, despite its eminence in the field, the Society is actually a relatively modest organization, made up of people who, like you, are devoted to the notion that the study of numismatics has vital importance for our knowledge of society, history, art, and culture. At this time of year, we go to you, our members, and we ask that you once again make a gift to the ANS to ensure that our mission remains pertinent and our goals achievable.

I thank all of you who have given generously over the past year. But I urge you to please make an additional gift now, by December 31, and help us start the new year off right. Your tax-deductible donation to the ANS will help secure our footing for the coming twelve months and beyond—and will allow us all to accomplish much more to be proud of.

With sincerest gratitude,


Dr. Gilles Bransbourg
Executive Director

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November 1, 2019
New York

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Gilles Bransbourg has been named Executive Director. He replaces Dr. Ute Wartenberg, who is stepping down as Executive Director after two decades leading the Society; she will remain at the ANS in the new position of Research Curator. “I am very pleased to hand over the reigns to Gilles, whose experience in academia and the financial world is perfect for an institution such as the ANS,” Dr. Wartenberg said.

Dr. Bransbourg joined the Society in 2011 as an Adjunct Curator, then served as Associate Curator before assuming the role of Deputy Director in 2018. Among his many other contributions to the Society during that period, he supervised the NEH-funded Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) project and curated the exhibition “Signs of Inflation,” at The Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Prior to joining the ANS, in 2009, Dr. Bransbourg was a Visiting Research Scholar at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, where he retains a Research Associate affiliation.

In 1982, at the age of 17, Dr. Bransbourg won the French Concours Général award in History. He then went on to study Economics, Mathematics and Statistics in Paris at Lycée Louis-Le-Grand, École PolytechniqueSciences Po and École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Économique. Subsequently he became a market economist, then specializing in financial derivatives, and held executive roles in the banking sector in Paris, Riyadh and London. He stepped down from his last position in 2005, in order to engage fully with his lifelong passion, history. By 2010, he had completed a Ph.D. in History at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Dr. Bransbourg’s research deals with comparative economic and monetary history. He has published extensively in a range of academic journals, conference proceedings, and books, and he provided chapters or sections to “La Politique Monétaire de l'Euro” (2009), “Fiscal Regimes and the Political Economy of Premodern States” (2015), “Le Gouvernement des Citoyens (2017), and “Debasement: Manipulation of Coin Standards in Pre-Modern Monetary Systems” (2020). Among numerous contributions to economic history, he has published “Rome and the Economic Integration of Empire” as ISAW Papers 3 (2012), “Capital in the Sixth Century: the Dynamic of Tax and Estate in Egypt in Journal of Late Antiquity (2016), which addresses the question of fiscal fairness across the social spectrum in Late Antiquity, and coauthored with Roger Bagnall, as ISAW Papers 14 (2019), “The Constantian Monetary Revolution.”

In addition, he is a frequent guest speaker in academic colloquiums and venues. Dr. Bransbourg lectured in Economics at Sciences Po between 1990 and 1994, at the Executive Master of Finance of Sciences Po between 2007 and 2015, at New York University in 2016, and has been offering a graduate seminar at ISAW since 2018.

Dr. Bransbourg was made a knight in the French Order of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 2014. As a financial consultant and as one committed to philanthropic endeavors, he serves on several boards and financial committees and advises or helps a range of institutions, foundations, and corporations in Europe and the US. He has contributed to the establishment of an English-French dual language curriculum in New York public schools.

“I am honored that the Board of Trustees has given me this opportunity to continue the work of Dr. Wartenberg, secure the financial well-being of the Society, and seek ways to expand its role further. I am also most grateful to Ute, who has provided continuous mentoring and support during this transition period,” Dr. Bransbourg said. “I relish as well the challenge of enhancing the leadership role the ANS has assumed in the numismatic world and ensuring that it remains a vital institution for future generations of professional and amateur enthusiasts. At the same time, the ANS’ ability to associate numismatics more closely with economic, cultural, and art history offers exciting prospects.” ANS President, Sydney Martin, stated that the Board had voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Bransbourg. “We are so pleased to have found such an accomplished and talented individual as Gilles Bransbourg to lead the Society.”

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.





November 1, 2019
New York

The American Numismatic Society announced this week that its Executive Director, Dr. Ute Wartenberg, has decided to step down from her position to return to full-time research. She will remain at the Society as a full-time Research Curator while also serving as Curator of the Amastris Collection, a private collection of Greek coins. Dr. Gilles Bransbourg, Deputy Director of the Society since January 2018, has worked closely with Dr. Wartenberg over the last year to facilitate the transition, and he will assume the position of Executive Director beginning November 1, 2019.

Prior to joining the ANS, Dr. Wartenberg had already built an academic reputation, with a focus on ancient Greek coinage. After her education in Saarbrücken, Germany, she went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and was awarded a doctorate in papyrology. Subsequently, from 1991 to 1998, she worked as Curator of Greek Coins in the British Museum in London. Her publications include over 50 books and articles on papyrology and numismatics, including Coins Hoards VIII and Coin Hoards IX (with Andrew Meadows), After Marathon: War, Society and Money in Fifth-Century Greece; and The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, Vol. LXIV. Among her many honors and academic awards are the Ehrenpreis der Gesellschaft für Internationale Geschichte and being elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Dr. Wartenberg assumed her leadership role in 1999, during a period of severe financial crisis for the Society. At the time, the ANS—which was founded in 1858—had purchased a building at 140 William Street, near Wall Street, where it planned to move from its nearly century-long residence in northern Manhattan. But it had to undertake a huge renovation project of its new headquarters, and simultaneously was forced to deal with an annual deficit of $1 million and the inescapable necessity of cutting its staff in half.  “This was the hardest task I faced in my two decades at the Society, and it undoubtedly had a huge impact in my subsequent commitment to the staff going forward.” Dr. Wartenberg said.  Ultimately, the Society’s Trustees sold the building, which helped put the ANS on a positive financial footing going forward, and relocated to its present home on Varick St.

During her tenure, Dr. Wartenberg carried out a rigorous program of modernization, which was based on the concept of maximizing the limited resources of the ANS to focus on a few discrete goals. “It would be an understatement to say that these early years as director were straightforward,” Dr. Wartenberg said, “but I benefited enormously from the advice and friendship I received from ANS Presidents Donald Partrick, Roger Siboni and more recently Sydney Martin.”

Among many efforts to secure the Society’s future, Dr. Wartenberg engaged in extensive fundraising from members outside New York City. She also developed partnerships with other institutions, such as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which provided its magnificent ground-floor space for a museum. In 2001, Alan Greenspan opened “Drachmas, Doubloons and Dollars. A History of Money.” The exhibit highlighted many of the ANS’s treasures and was viewed by more than 400,000 visitors over a decade.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Wartenberg steadily built the ANS into an institution of both national and international renown, and she leaves her post with the Society in a far more secure position. Today, the endowment is at approximately $43 million. Since 1999, over 45,000 coins and other objects have been donated to the Society’s collection, including the Julius Korein Collection of Gobrecht Dollars, the Abe and Marian Scheuer Sofaer collections, and the Richard B. Witschonke Collection of provincial coins of the Roman Republic. In 2018 Dr. Wartenberg was able to purchase for the Society in a bankruptcy court the archives of dies, medals, and die-shells of the Medallic Art Company and thus save this invaluable treasure for the nation and for future scholarship.

One of her most impactful legacies will no doubt be the strong digital presence of the ANS in the numismatic world. Thanks to the visionary efforts of former ANS President Harry W. Bass, Jr., the Society’s internet identity and its collection databases were already in place when Dr. Wartenberg took over in 1999, but she championed this program by adding staff and funding, and in recent years has directed an ever increasing share of the Society’s resources to online activities. Now, more than 500,000 coins, some 80,000 books and pamphlets, and 450 archival collection records are available online. The Society also supports collaborative efforts with other major coin cabinets in order to create Linked Open Data (LOD) for use in databases of numismatic material, which were largely funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additionally, the Society has revived its numismatic publishing department, which is again one of the significant publishers of serious numismatic research in print and digital formats.

Dr. Wartenberg served on many committees during her term, including as first Chairperson of the Citizen Coinage Advisory Committee, and she continues her roles as a member of the International Numismatic Council and of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation, Inc. She was also recently appointed Chairperson of the International Committee for Money and Banking Museums.

“Through Dr. Wartenberg’s leadership, the ANS has been transformed from a financially precarious institute to a healthy one with an international reputation as among the finest numismatic institutions of its kind in the world,” notes Kenneth L. Edlow, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “It boasts a magnificent and world-renowned collection, significant scholarship and research, a thriving publications department, and expanding digital presence, all supported by a healthy endowment. Dr. Wartenberg’s own rigorous scholarship and her incredible charisma have transformed the organization into the flourishing institution that we are proud to be a part of today.”  “It’s been a real joy to work alongside Dr. Wartenberg for nearly two decades,” said Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen, “and to see the ANS’s astounding transformation take place under her watch. Not least among her achievements has been building a team that works very hard but has wonderful esprit de corps, certainly a reflection of her diligence and charm.”

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.







October 31, 2019
New York, NY

The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Jesse Kraft has been hired as Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas.

Dr. Kraft finished his PhD in American Studies at the University of Delaware earlier this year where he wrote a dissertation entitled “The Circulation of Foreign Coinage: An American Response, ca. 1750–1857,” and where he obtained a certificate in Museum Studies. In his earlier studies at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, he wrote an MA thesis on the circulation of Spanish-American silver in Scotland, and a BA thesis on the transition from the large to small US cent in 1840–1857.  While completing his graduate studies, Dr. Kraft worked at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library in Winterthur, Delaware as a Curatorial Assistant and Storage Project Manager. In addition, he completed internships at the Delaware Historical Society and at the ANS, where in 2017 he was also a student in the in the Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics. “We are thrilled that Dr. Kraft accepted our offer after a rather long and competitive search process,“ said Executive Director Ute Wartenberg, “he comes to us with an intimate knowledge already of the Society and a good knowledge of museum work. We very much look forward to having him join our curatorial team.”    

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.


"Money Talks"
Coinage of the Ancient Black Sea

with ANS Collections Manager, Elena Stolyarik

November 16, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

There is a complicated history to the ancient Greek colonies on the Northern and Western coast of the Pontus Euxinus—the ancient name of the Black Sea. Far on the edge of the ancient Greek world, there is evidence of extensive contact between the Mediterranean area and the peoples of the steppes. Ancient coins provide a valuable source for the study of these societies' economic development, as well as for the cultural and economic relationships in one of the most important contact zones of the Old World.

Space is limited. RSVP to Emma Pratte at

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.


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.

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The American Numismatic Society Seeks a Curatorial Assistant for Ancient Greek Coin Department.

The successful candidate is expected to work with Dr. Peter van Alfen and Dr. Ute Wartenberg on a variety of cataloging projects.  Since these all involve Greek coins, the successful candidate should have some knowledge of (ancient) Greek and of the history of the ancient world.  The curatorial assistant will work primarily on databases and spreadsheets associated with online digital resources projects. Excellent knowledge of databases in general and Excel spreadsheets in particular is expected. An ability to pay close attention to detail is also essential. Prior cataloging experience is a plus.

This full-time position is limited to one year. A BA in a relevant field of study is required.

Salary and benefits are in line with other salaries in the curatorial department of the Society.


The Society has a collection of c. 800,000, of which over 600,000 are recorded on its online database MANTIS.  The archives of the Society provide papers and archival material of many major collectors and artists, while the Harry W. Bass Library has the country’s foremost numismatic collection of almost 85,000 volumes.  For more information about the Society visit


Resume and cover letter via email to  Names and email addresses of at least three references are required; reference letters will be requested by the ANS for short-listed candidates. 

Application Deadline:  September 27, 2019

The American Numismatic Society is an equal-opportunity employer.

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.