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November E-News


UPCOMING EVENTS

Wine & Coins Money Talks
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On Saturday, December 16, join Alex Conison—PhD from the University of Michigan on the Ancient Roman wine trade and current Brand Manager of Josh Cellars, one of America's premium wine brands—and curators Peter van Alfen, Gilles Bransbourg, Lucia Carbone, and David Hendin for the December “Wine & Coins” Money Talks. One of the foremost components of the nectar that the Olympians drank to preserve their immortality, wine was sacred to the ancient Greeks and associated, through Dionysus (Bacchus for the Romans), with theater and poetry. Wine plays a major ritual role in Judaism as well, with grapes, vines, and amphoras being represented at different stages of Jewish ancient coinage, to the extent that Greeks and Romans believed Jews had a cult of Dionysus. In the modern period, wine and grapes have resurfaced mostly on tokens designed to promote wine brands. Coins of Greece, the Attalids, Rome, Judaea, and modern tokens from France, the US, and Britain will be presented alongside a selection of wines linked to these locations and their ancient winemaking traditions. This event with Wine Tasting is $100 for Members and Non-Members $125. Without Wine Tasting: Members $50, Non-Members $75. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Emma Pratte at membership@numismatics.org.

 

The Later Republican Cistophori Book Launch
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On December 6 at 5:30 the ANS will be hosting a book launch and reception for The Later Republican Cistophori by Dr. William Metcalf. This event is free, and books will be available for signing for the special price of $40. The book catalogs and illustrates some 523 cistophori and fractions from the mints of Ephesus, Pergamum, Tralles, and Apameia, as well as the “ATPA” series and related issues. A detailed commentary discusses the Roman magistrates and the Greek signers of their coinages as well as the metrology and fineness of the cistophori. This work also includes cistophori from the collection of Richard B. Witschonke.

 

The 2018 Annual Gala
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Next year’s Gala will take place on January 11, 2018, at the Harvard Club of New York City in honor of the Rosen family. Check our website for tickets, advertising, and more information on the Honorees.

 

 

NOVEMBER IN REVIEW

An Auction to Benefit the ANS
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The ANS would like to thank Stanley DeForest Scott for his donation of 43 beautiful American medals that were auctioned at Stack’s Bowers Galleries' November 2017 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Winter Expo. The sale raised a significant amount of money for the Society’s Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director. Visit the Stack Bowers website to see the realized auction results.

 

Roman Coins, Money, and Society in Elizabethan England
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Roman Coins, Money, and Society in Elizabethan England by Richard Simpson, Andrew Burnett, and Deborah Thorpe launched on November 1, and is now available for purchase. It publishes the full transcript of Sir Thomas Smith’s On the Wages of the Roman Footsoldier, which has been a virtually unknown work to modern scholarship and, although it is the first original work written in England to use the evidence of ancient coins, it has previously played no part in the history of numismatics. The book throws new light on the “Cambridge circle,” the group of academics-turned-politicians who played a crucial role in the smooth accession of Elizabeth I. It is accompanied by a biography by Richard Simpson to remedy some of the misconceptions about Smith, and to set OWRF and his other writings in a biographical framework.

 

The Year-End appeal is now on!
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Please make a 100% tax-deductible gift to help the ANS continue advancing and promoting the study, research, and appreciation of numismatics. The Society has made great progress so far this year but we need your help to finish the year on a strong note.

Thank you to all of our members and friends who have already donated to this appeal. We are deeply grateful.
 

Money Talks, Numismatic Book Collecting
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On Saturday November 18, Jonathan Kagan, collector of rare numismatic books for the last 40 years, and David Hill, Francis D. Campbell Librarian and ANS Archivist, held the November “Numismatic Book Collecting” Money Talks. They discussed the notion of collectible books and manuscripts and considered their place in private and public collections in the age of the Internet.

 

2017 Baltimore Winter Expo
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Executive Director Ute Wartenberg, Associate Curator Gilles Bransbourg, and Membership Assistant Emma Pratte represented the ANS at the 2017 Baltimore Winter Expo from November 9–11. They offered a number of books including the upcoming A Monetary History of Central America by Brian Stickney, and the newest ANS publications: Roman Coins, Money, and Society in Elizabethan England and The Later Republican Cistophori. A special thanks to ANS Fellow Ray Williams for all of his help!

 

Dr. van Alfen gives a talk on Coinages of Phokaia
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From November 1–2, Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen attended the International Symposium on the Port Cities of the Aegean World: Coins, Seals and Weights, in Turkey where he presented a paper entitled “The Archaic Coinages of Phokaia and the Limits of Cooperation.” He also presented a paper for Assistant Curator, Dr. Lucia Carbone, who was not able to attend, entitled “An Unpublished Cistophoric Hoard and the Cistophoric Production of the Provincia Asia in the 2nd Century BC.” In between conference sessions, which took place in both İzmir (on November 1) at Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi and in Manisa (on November 2) at Celal Bayar Üniversitesi, Dr. van Alfen took time, along with former ANS Summer Seminar Visting Scholar and Huntington Award Medal recipient, Dr. Michel Amandry, to explore local museums and ruins, including the famed agora in Izmir.

 

NGC Photographing Chinese Coins
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At the beginning of November the NGC Ancients Certified Collectibles Group visited the ANS and photographed over 3,400 struck Chinese coins. Soon high-resolution digital images will be uploaded to the Society’s online database to supplement the East Asian collection of our coin cabinet.

 

 

AT THE ANS

Recent Acquisitions
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See what’s new at the Library! 

 

Membership Renewals
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Have you renewed your membership this year? It is not too late! If you aren’t sure, please contact Emma Pratte, and she can assist you. You can renew today for this year and 2018, at this year’s prices. You will receive two years of all the member benefits at the 2017 rate, including the ANS Magazine, free access to our library, consultations with our curators, discounts on publications, a reduced rate to our Money Talks lecture series, and invitations to special events. Renew online or contact the Membership Department at (212) 571-4470 ext. 117.

 

Sponsor the ANS E-news

If you or your company would like to sponsor future issues of the ANS E-news, please contact Joanne Isaac, Museum Administrator, at (212) 571-4470 ext. 112 or jisaac@numismatics.org

 

Advertise in the Award-Winning ANS Magazine
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Support the ANS by advertising in the award-winning quarterly ANS Magazine. The ad deadline for issue no. 1 of 2018 is January 1, 2018. For more information about advertising rates and specs, visit the advertising page or contact Joanne Isaac, Museum Administrator, at magazine@numismatics.org or (212) 571-4470 ext. 112.

Gala Thur. Jan. 11 Harvard Club 6:30 pm

2018 Gala will take place on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Harvard Club, 35 West 44th Street, New York City. Cocktails begin at 6:30 and Dinner and Program at 7:30. The ANS will honor the Rosen Family. View the full press release.
See the Invitation.

Individual Tickets $750.00 USD

All Sponsorship Levels

Roster Listing and Contributions

Benefactor Sponsor $28,000
◆ Premier Table of 10
◆ Recognition online, in printed gala materials and ANS Magazine
◆ Podium recognition and introduction as Benefactor at the gala
◆ Full-page Platinum ad in the Gala Program

Patron Sponsor $22,000
◆ Prominent Table of 10
◆ Recognition online, in printed gala materials and ANS Magazine
◆ Full-page Gold ad in the Gala Program

Sustainer Sponsor $14,000
◆ Prime Table of 10
◆ Recognition online, in printed gala materials and ANS Magazine
◆ Full-page Silver ad in the Gala Program

Friend Sponsor $7,500
◆ Select Table of 10
◆ Recognition in printed materials and ANS Magazine
◆Full-page ad in Gala Program

Advertise in the Gala Program

Gala Advertising Order Form | 2018 Gala Tickets Order Form


For information on purchasing tickets or program advertisements, please contact Emma Pratte at 212-571-4470, ext. 117, membership@numismatics.org

Benefactor Sponsors
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Edlow
The Rosen Family

Patron Sponsors

Sustainer Sponsor
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Adams

Friend Sponsors
Dr. Alain Baron - Numismatica Genevensis SA
Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. and Nomos AG
Heritage Auctions
Mr. Sydney F. Martin
Mr. Lawrence R. Stack and the Stack Family
Stack's Bowers Galleries
Mr. Anthony J. Terranova
Vilmar Numismatics

Supporters
Austin & Co., Inc.
Mr. William A. Burd
Mr. Robert Brueggeman
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Corn
Mr. Jeroen de Wilde
Douglas Lane & Associates
Mr. David Hendin
Mr. Eric M. Hildebrant
Mr. Joseph Jaroch
Mr. Hubert Lanz
Del and Tatyana Parker
Mr. Stanley DeForest Scott
TIAA
Mr. Mark Tomasko

Money Talks | Wine & Coins

Wine & Coins
with Alex Conison, Guest Speaker & Wine Expert, and Curators: Peter van Alfen, Gilles Bransbourg, Lucia Carbone, & David Hendin
Saturday, December 16, 2017 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm

With Wine Tasting: Members $100, Non-Members $125
Without Wine Tasting: Members $50, Non-Members $75

 

On Saturday, December 16, Join Alex Conison—PhD from the University of Michigan on the Ancient Roman wine trade and current Brand Manager of Josh Cellars, one of America's premium wine brands—and curators Peter van Alfen, Gilles Bransbourg, Lucia Carbone, and David Hendin for a history of wine and coins. One of the foremost components of the nectar that the Olympians drank to preserve their immortality, wine was sacred to the ancient Greeks and associated, through Dionysus (Bacchus for the Romans), with theater and poetry. Wine plays a major ritual role in Judaism as well, grapes, vines and amphoras being represented at different stages of Jewish ancient coinage, to the extent that Greeks and Romans believed Jews had a cult of Dionysus. Then, in the modern period, wine and grapes have resurfaced mostly on tokens designed to promote wine brands. Coins of Greece, the Attalids, Rome, Judaea, and modern tokens from France, the US and Britain will be presented along side a selection of wines linked to these locations and their ancient winemaking traditions.

Limited Space available. Please RSVP to Emma Pratte at membership@numismatics.org or 212-571-4470.

Book Launch with Dr. William Metcalf

Please join us on December 6 at 5:30 for a book launch and reception for The Later Republican Cistophori by William Metcalf. This event is free, and books will be available for signing for the special price of $40. The book catalogs and illustrates some 523 cistophori and fractions from the mints of Ephesus, Pergamum, Tralles, and Apameia, as well as the “ATPA” series and related issues. A detailed commentary discusses the Roman magistrates and the Greek signers of their coinages as well as well as the metrology and fineness of the cistophori. This work also includes cistophori from the collection of Richard B. Witschonke.

The ANS 2018 End of Year Appeal Is On!

Dear Friend, Each year at this time I ask all of you who share our passion for numismatics to consider making a donation to the American Numismatic Society, but I do not want you to think this a generalized, abstract request. Since I last made this appeal we have taken great concrete steps toward making…
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Money Talks, Jonathan Kagan and David Hill

Numismatic Book Collecting
Jonathan Kagan & David Hill
November 18, 2017 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members / $50 for nonmembers

In the age of the internet, most older books, including numismatic books, are available online thanks to initiatives of the Bibliothèque de France, the Newman Numismatic Portal and many other platforms. What does this mean for collectors of physical books and other historical records? Jonathan Kagan, who has collected rare numismatic books for the last 40 years, and David Hill, archivist and librarian for the ANS, will examine the notion of collectible books and manuscripts and consider their place in private and public collections. Examples from the Kagan and ANS Libraries will be at hand for inspection.

 

Please RSVP to Emma Pratte at membership@numismatics.org or 212-571-4470, ext. 117.

 

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

2017 October Enews


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

An Auction to Benefit the ANS
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Auction of American Medals to Benefit the American Numismatic Society’s Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the availability, by auction, of beautiful medals donated by Stanley DeForest Scott to benefit the Society’s Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director. The event will take place at the November 2017 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo in Baltimore, MD, by Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

Included in the 43 lots are American Revolutionary Era medals such as a bronze 1777 General Horatio Gates, a bronze 1779 DeFleury at Stony Point, and a silver 1781 Lieutenant Colonel John Egar Howard. Also included are medals from the early 1800s including a bronze 1814 Major General Edmund P. Gaines, and a silver 1804 Commodore Edward Preble.

Other lots include a number of Indian Peace medals, among them a bronze 1797 John Adams and a bronze 1809 James Madison. Also featured are a 1908 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, a “1799” (1800) Washington Funeral Urn Medal, and an extremely fine, framed, cast bronze Washington Portrait medal.

For a complete listing of the 43 lots for online bidding, go to the Stacks Bowers Page.

 

Latest Book is available now!
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Roman Coins, Money, and Society in Elizabethan England by Richard Simpson, Andrew Burnett, and Deborah Thorpe is now available for purchase! Publishing Sir Thomas Smith’s On the Wages of the Roman Footsoldier, which has been a virtually unknown work to modern scholarship and, although it is the first original work written in England to use the evidence of ancient coins, it has previously played no part in the history of numismatics. The book throws new light on the “Cambridge circle,” the group of academics-turned-politicians who played a crucial role in the smooth accession of Elizabeth I. It is accompanied by a biography by Richard Simpson to remedy some of the misconceptions about Smith, and to set OWRF and his other writings in a biographical framework. A full transcript of OWRF is also included.

 

November Money Talks
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On Saturday November 18, join Jonathan Kagan, who has collected rare numismatic books for the last 40 years, and David Hill, Francis D Campbell Librarian and ANS archivist, for November’s Money Talks: “Numismatic Book Collecting.” They will examine the notion of collectible books and manuscripts and consider their place in private and public collections in the age of the Internet.

 

The Later Republican Cistophori November pre-sale
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For the month of November only we are offering a special pre-sale price of $40 on The Later Republican Cistophori by former ANS Chief Curator William E. Metcalf before it is released in December! The book catalogs and illustrates some 523 cistophori and fractions from the mints of Ephesus, Pergamum, Tralles, and Apameia, as well as the “ATPA” series and related issues. A detailed commentary discusses the Roman magistrates and the Greek signers of their coinages as well as the metrology and fineness of the cistophori. This work also includes cistophori from the collection of Richard B. Witschonke.

 

2017 Baltimore Winter Expo
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Executive Director Ute Wartenberg, Associate Curator Gilles Bransbourg, and new Membership Assistant Emma Pratte will be representing the ANS at the 2017 Baltimore Winter Expo from November 9–11. Stop by booth 912 and say hello! A number of books will be available for pre-order, including the special convention price of $49.95 for Brian Stickney’s upcoming book, A Monetary History of Central America.

 

The 2018 Annual Gala
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Next year’s Gala will take place on January 11, 2018 at the Harvard Club of New York City in honor of the Rosen family. More details are soon to come!

 

Dr. van Alfen’s Talk in Turkey
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On November 1 and 2, Peter van Alfen will be attending the International Symposium on the Port Cities of the Aegean World: Coins, Seals and Weights, which will be held in both Izmir and Manisa, Turkey. Dr. van Alfen’s paper for the symposium is entitled “The Archaic Coinage of Phokaia and the Limits of Cooperation.” He will also read the paper “An unpublished cistophoric hoard (NC 2004, p. 106 no. 129) and the cistophoric production of the Provincia Asia in the First century BC” on behalf of Dr. Lucia Carbone. Other speakers at the symposium include former ANS Summer Seminar Visiting Scholar Michel Amandry of the Bibliothèque nationale de France and Alan Stahl, former ANS Curator and current curator of numismatics at Princeton University Library.

 

Dr. Stolyarik at the New York Numismatic Club
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Collections Manager Elena Stolyarik will be speaking at the New York Numismatic Club’s 1,307th consecutive meeting on Friday, November 3 at the 3 West Club. Her talk will be on “Scythian-Greek Relations in the Black Sea (Pontic) Area: Numismatic Evidence.”

 

 

 

OCTOBER IN REVIEW

The 160th Annual Meeting
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On Saturday, October 28 the ANS held its 160th Annual Meeting. Members, future members, and the general public enjoyed staff presentations on departmental progress and a reception, which followed. Mr. Daniel Hamelberg, Prof. Sebastian Heath, Mr. Robert A. Kandel, Prof. Andrew Meadows, Mr. John Nebel, and Dr. Christopher J. Salmon, were elected as Trustees. At the preceding Board meeting, five members were elected as Fellows of the Society; Mr. Peter Bartlett, Mr. E. Tomlinson Fort, Mr. Del Parker, Prof. Gary Reger, and Mr. John W. Wilson. Alan Helms was elected as an Honorary Life Fellow, and Glen W. Bowersock was designated an Honorary Life Fellow. If you weren’t able to join us, you can view the presentations on our Youtube page soon. Departmental reports are also available in our Annual Report on our website.

 

The 2017 Huntington Award to Dr. Roger Bland
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On Friday, October 20, the ANS awarded the Archer M. Huntington medal to Dr. Roger Bland in recognition of his outstanding career contributions to numismatic scholarship. Dr. Bland also gave the Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture, entitled “How Coin Finds are Changing the face of Roman Britain: the Contribution of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.” “Dr. Bland’s research and published work on Roman Britain and its coin hoards has set new standards for numismatics and archaeologists,” said Prof. Jere Bacharach, the chair of the Society’s Huntington Committee. You can watch Dr. Bland’s lecture on Youtube.

 

High Resolution Images are now Available Online!
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The ANS is pleased to announce a new image-zooming feature in MANTIS , the online database of its numismatic collection, and ARCHER, the Society's digital archive. The ANS will now make its highest-resolution images freely available under a Creative Commons license, enabling researchers to zoom down into minute details of an object that were obscured in the lower-resolution images previously published. More than 160,000 numismatic objects have been photographed thus far and are available in this new interface. Beyond MANTIS, the high-resolution images of Roman Republican, Imperial, and Hellenistic coins will likewise be available within their respective online type corpora projects: Coinage of the Roman Republic OnlineOnline Coinage of the Roman Empire, and PELLA.

 

New faces at the ANS
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The ANS welcomes three new people to the Society. Dr. Eric Krauss (left) is our new Curatorial Associate working on the American cabinets and database. He is currently researching Gobrecht dollars—looking into the circumstances of their creation and production—as well as accessioning a collection of Gasparro plasters. ANS Life Fellow Frank Kovacs (center) has also been appointed Curatorial Associate and will be working with our military decorations. Lara Jacobs (right) joins us through Internet Archive as the digital scanning technician. She will be digitizing ANS books and monographs for the Newman Numismatic Portal and Internet Archive. 

 

Google Arts & Culture and the ANS
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The American Numismatic Society has partnered with Google Arts & Culture to present online exhibits of its collections through the Google Cultural Institute. The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters from the Great War marks the ANS’s first online exhibition, presented in seven sections. Featuring every medal and poster from the actual exhibit hosted at Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center from January 27 until April 9, 2017, online guests can browse high-definition images, view video, engage with maps, and link directly to the ANS’s object database for more information about the items on display.

 

October Money Talks
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On Saturday, October 21 the ANS held its latest Money Talks. Len Augsburger, Ute Wartenberg, Andrew Reinhard, David Hill, and Peter van Alfen led the discussion on the future of digitization and looked at Linked Open Data and Open Access of which the ANS has a global leadership role. It was the only Money Talks conversation to be recorded—you can watch their talks on the ANS Youtube Channel today!

 

Gilbert School Visit
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On October 4 twenty students from Gilbert High School visited the ANS. The group, accompanied by two teachers and by Elizabeth Butterworth, the Director of Development of Paideia Institute, was welcomed by ANS Curators Peter van Alfen, Gilles Bransbourg, and Lucia Carbone, who introduced them to the history of Roman and Greek coinage. The school trip was part of the program NYC Classical Day Tours that aims to introduce high school students to the ancient world and the classical tradition.

 

U.S. Mexican Numismatic Convention
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On October 12–14 the ANS attended the U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Wartenberg and Membership Assistant Emma Pratte brought a selection of coins, including a couple of new acquisitions, and pre-sold A Monetary History of Central America—a new ANS publication by Brian Stickney. It was being offered at a special convention only price of $49.95 and will be available for the same price at the Baltimore Winter Expo!

 

Dr. van Alfen Lectures at Fairfield
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On October 4 Peter van Alfen lectured to an honors class at Fairfield University on the origins of money and coinage. Taught by Prof. Giovanni Ruffini, the class is exploring various aspects of economies and economics in the ancient and modern worlds. Other guest lecturers in the class to date have included Prof. Joe Manning of Yale University, and former ANS Trustee Prof. Roger Bagnall of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.

 

OCRE Finalization
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During Open Access Week, we published the public white paper we authored about the finalization of the Online Coins of the Roman Empire project for the National Endowment for the Humanities. The white paper includes details on the process of developing OCRE, how it is being used as a research, identification, or teaching tool for various audiences, and how the development of OCRE has contributed to further progress in other areas of numismatics (for example, with the Hellenistic Royal Coinages project). The paper is available at https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1037040

 

AT THE ANS

Recent Acquisitions
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See what’s new at the library for September and October!

 

Membership Renewals
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Have you renewed your membership this year? It is not too late! If you aren’t sure, please contact Emma Pratte, and she can assist you. You can renew today for this year and 2018, at this year’s prices. You will receive two years of all the member benefits at the 2017 rate, including the ANS Magazine, free access to our library, consultations with our curators, discounts on publications, a reduced rate to our Money Talks lecture series, and invitations to special events. Renew online or contact the Membership Department at (212) 571-4470 ext. 117.

 

 

Advertise in the Award-Winning ANS Magazine
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Support the ANS by advertising in the award-winning quarterly ANS Magazine. The ad deadline for issue no. 1 of 2018 is January 1, 2018. For more information about advertising rates and specs, visit the advertising page or contact Joanne Isaac, Museum Administrator, at magazine@numismatics.org or (212) 571-4470 ext. 112.

 

Sponsor the ANS E-news

If you or your company would like to sponsor future issues of the ANS E-news, please contact Joanne Isaac, Museum Administrator, at (212) 571-4470 ext. 112 or jisaac@numismatics.org

 

Erratum

In last month’s enews we mentioned a talk Dr. Wartenberg gave on the sale of the 1933 Double Eagle at Public Auction. We wrote that it was sold by Sotheby’s but our Fellow Harvey Stack wrote to remind us that public auction was in fact a joint sale of both Stack’s and Sotheby’s. We apologize for this omission.

Over 160,000 Hi-Res Images Added to Mantis

November 1, 2017
New York
for immediate release

 

The ANS is pleased to announce a new image-zooming feature in MANTIS (http://numismatics.org/search), the online database of its numismatic collection, and ARCHER (http://numismatis.org/archives), the Society's digital archive. The ANS will now make its highest-resolution images freely available under a Creative Commons license, enabling researchers to zoom down into minute details of an object that were obscured in the lower-resolution images previously published. Furthermore, users may crop and download part or all of an image. More than 160,000 numismatic objects have been photographed thus far and are available in this new interface including the Syracusan coins of Arethusa (http://numismatics.org/collection/1997.9.54) and the Agnes Baldwin Brett collection of photographs of her travels in Italy, Greece, and Turkey in the early 20th century (http://numismatics.org/archives/ark:/53695/nnan0037). This new image feature is built on the International Image Interoperability Framework, IIIF (http://iiif.io/), a standard set of methodologies for the publication of images and metadata.

Beyond MANTIS, the high-resolution IIIF images of Roman Republican, Imperial, and Hellenistic coins will likewise be available within their respective online type corpora projects: Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (http://numismatics.org/crro), Online Coinage of the Roman Empire (http://numismatics.org/ocre), and PELLA (http://numismatics.org/pella). These projects have supported the integration of IIIF images since January, when Rutgers University Library became the first Nomisma.org partner to publish their images in this way. Since then, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Harvard Art Museums, and KENOM have provided high-resolution images according to the IIIF standard. These four Nomisma partners combine to provide images for more than 11,000 coins; the ANS extends this coverage by more than 55,000 coins for these three corpora.

While access to high-resolution imagery is itself useful for numismatic research, these methodologies form the building blocks for standardized image annotation. In the future, it will be possible annotate and link iconographic motifs, monograms, counterstamps, and signatures on bank notes to standard vocabularies of concepts, which will enable new modes of classification and query for numismatic objects. These visual features may be annotated not only upon the ANS's own coins, but any Nomisma partner that provides images that conform to the IIIF standard.

ANS Executive Director Ute Wartenberg said, “finally researchers can publicly access high-resolution images online to assist them in seeing minute details to help them in their work. This is something the ANS has wanted to do for a long time, and it has now become a reality."

ANS Partners with Google Arts & Culture

October 24, 2017
New York
for immediate release

ANS Partners with Google Arts & Culture to Present Online Exhibits

The American Numismatic Society has partnered with Google Arts & Culture to present online exhibits of its collections through the Google Cultural Institute. This free platform allows the ANS to showcase its collections and exhibitions through leveraging web design tools created by Google for non-profit cultural institutions. In presenting its exhibitions online through Google, the ANS joins hundreds of other world-class international museums and organizations including the Acropolis Museum, Australian War Memorial, the Presidential Libraries and Museums, the British Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution.

The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters from the Great War marks ANS’s first online exhibition, presented in seven sections. Featuring every medal and poster from the actual exhibit hosted at Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center from January 27 until April 9, 2017, online guests can browse high-definition images, view video, engage with maps, and link directly to the ANS’s object database for more information about the items on display. Guests can also browse the exhibited medals and posters by place of manufacture, by material, by date, and also individually.

“The main goal of partnering with the Google Cultural Institute is to make the ANS’s collections more widely available in a curated way,” Andrew Reinhard, project manager and ANS Director of Publications said. “There is no way that the ANS could show all of its collections in its gallery space, and not everyone is able to visit us in New York, so this allows us to create public, online exhibits featuring currency and medals from underserved collections as well as many of the highlights unique to the ANS.”

LINK: google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/partner/american-numismatic-society

2017 September Enews

UPCOMING EVENTS

October Money Talks

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Money Talks: The Future of Digitization, will be held on October 21. Numismatics remains uniquely placed for contributing to the digital future of the humanities. Join Leonard Augsburger of the Newman Numismatic Portal,  with Dr. Wartenberg, Director of ANS publications Andrew Reinhard, and ANS Librarian David Hill for an extended look at digitization, linked open data, and open access of which the ANS has a global leadership role. Partnerships with the Newman Numismatic Portal, the Internet Archive, HathiTrust, the Google Cultural Institute, and other organizations continue to push the digital envelope, allowing the sharing of high-quality data and images to fellow numismatists, historians, economists, archaeologists, collectors as well as the interested public. See these latest advances in technology first-hand, and get a glimpse into the future of digitization of coins, catalogues, and content at the ANS and beyond. After the success of our September talk, we are extending the number of attendees to 30! Please RSVP to reserve your spot today. This is an all day event—11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, lunch will be served. The entry fee for members is $50 and $85 for nonmembers.

 The 2017 Huntington Award Will Be Presented to Dr. Roger Bland

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On October 20Roger Bland will receive the 2017 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Numismatic community. He will also present the 2017 Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture, How Coin Finds Are Changing the Face of Roman Britain: The Contribution of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.  Dr. Bland says, “After surveying the study of Roman coin finds in Britain from the sixteenth century to the present day, I will show how our understanding of these finds has been transformed in the last 40 years by the explosion in new finds brought to light through metal detecting. I will discuss how the 1996 Treasure Act and the Portable Antiquities Scheme have enabled us to record these finds and will finish by presenting some of the results of a research project to study hoards of Iron Age and Roman coins from Britain.”

The 160th ANS Annual Meeting

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The Society’s 160th Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 28 at 3:00 PM. Officers of the Board of Trustees and staff will make remarks and presentations, and the election of Trustees will be held. The Society will unveil new donor plaques in recognition of outstanding support of the ANS.  A YouTube video of the presentation will be made available for those unable to attend the meeting.

The ANS will Attend the U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association Convention

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Dr. Ute Wartenberg and the new Membership Assistant, Emma Pratte, will be attending the 6th annual U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association convention on October 12-14 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Stop by the ANS table to chat about coins, look over some books, and check out a selection of coins!

Dr. Gilles Bransbourg will speak at the University of Normandy, France

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ANS Associate Curator Gilles Bransbourg will speak on October 12 at the University of Normandy, France, as part of a conference dealing with the monetary use of silver coinage in the late Roman West before and after the fall of the Empire. His talk will focus on the potential choices of monetary standards open to the late Roman authorities —gold, bimetallic or trimetallic —and the reasons that led to the promotion of gold as the sole standard of value.

September in Review

September Money Talks is a success

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On September 16, the ANS hosted Counterfeits: The Threat to Collecting and Scholarship as the first Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations of the fall season. ANS Executive Director, Dr. Ute Wartenberg together with curator emeritus Robert Hoge and adjunct curator and ANS Trustee David Hendin spoke with a group of over 30 people. Personal collections and dubious pieces were brought and shared, as well as pieces from the ANS collection. Over the course of the day, three anomalies were discovered in the ANS coins—one piece that was thought to be fake turned out to real while another coin that was thought to genuine was found to be fake! The third was a curious Ides of March coin that turned out to be a fourrée—an ancient counterfeit made by plating copper with silver. Potentially made contemporarily with the legitimate Ides of March coins, this piece is just as rare as its real counterparts.

Dr. Wartenberg gives a lecture in Connecticut

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On September 28 Dr. Wartenberg gave a lecture to the Darien Men’s Association in Darien, Connecticut. She presented a fascinating account of arguably the most valuable coin in the world–the 1933 $20 gold Double Eagle, which last sold in 2002 at a Sotheby’s auction for $7.6 million. It is a tale of alleged smuggling, King Farouk of Egypt, shady coin dealers, government agents conducting a “sting operation” and, of course, a few lawyers.

The Arch of Titus Opens at Yeshiva University Museum

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On September 13 The Arch of Titus—from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back opened at the Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History in New York. This exhibition explores the Arch of Titus in Rome through its original and evolving cultural contexts. For this show the ANS selected a group of 33 extremely valuable coins. These include coins minted by Jewish rebels during the early years of the First Jewish Revolt against Rome. Other ANS coins in the exhibit were minted in Rome and Lugdunum in the years following the Roman sack of the Jerusalem Temple and feature a range of key allegorical and historical images, including “Judaea Capta” and the Flavian victory.

Dr. Nathan Elkins is the new AJN Ancient Editor

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American Journal of Numismatics Vol. 29 is currently in production. Beginning in 2018, ANS Fellow Dr. Nathan Elkins (Baylor University) will take over the editing responsibilities from Dr. Wartenberg for all articles set in the ancient Mediterranean world.

The Sage Society Trip to Spain

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Early this month, members of the Augustus B. Sage Society traveled to Spain where they visited Madrid, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona. Led by ANS Trustee and Fellow Mary Lannin, the group visited numerous historic sites, had private tours of museums, and enjoyed some of the wonderful food and culture that Spain has to offer.

Au Revoir Vivek

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In September we bid farewell to Vivek Gupta. He was appointed to a one-year position as Assistant Curator/Fellow for Islamic and South Asian Coins in June 2016. During his time here at the ANS, Mr. Gupta worked on digitizing the Islamic and South Asia coinages. He is now off to London to complete his PhD at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

Ethan Gruber gives a Talk at NEH-Mellon Meeting

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On September 22, the ANS’s Director of Data Sciences Ethan Gruber, attended the NEH-Mellon Open Humanities Book Program managers meeting at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. He presented a short lightning round talk entitled ANS Ebooks and Linked Open Data: Gateway to the Future of Academic Publishing, when he discussed our project to digitize our backlist of monographs and link passages to other ANS resources such as MANTIS, the Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards (IGCH), and Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE).

AT THE ANS

Membership Renewals

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Have you renewed your membership this year? It is not too late! If you aren’t sure, please contact Emma Pratte, the Society’s new Membership Assistant, and she can assist you. You can renew today for this year and 2018, at this year’s prices. You will receive two years of all the member benefits at the 2017 rate, including the ANS Magazine, free access to our library, consultations with our curators, discounts on publications, a reduced rate to our Money Talks lecture series, and invitations to special events. Renew online or contact the Membership Department at (212) 571-4470 ext. 117.

Thank You

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With September 30 comes the end of our fiscal year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and donors who supported the Society throughout the year. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. 

Sponsor the ANS E-news

If you or your company would like to sponsor future issues of the ANS E-news, please contact Joanne Isaac, Museum Administrator, at (212) 571-4470 ext. 112 or jisaac@numismatics.org

Advertise in the Award-Winning ANS Magazine

Support the ANS by advertising in the award-winning quarterly ANS Magazine. The ad deadline for issue no. 4 of 2017 is November 1, 2017. For more information about advertising rates and specs, visit the advertising page or contact Joanne Isaac, Museum Administrator, at magazine@numismatics.org or (212) 571-4470 ext. 112.