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Announcements & Upcoming Events

We are back!
We are pleased to be sending you our June E-News from the ANS headquarters in New York City. Our first from the office in over three months. We began opening up on June 22, when New York City entered Phase 2, and we will be up and running fully by July 6. Though we won’t be able to welcome visitors for the foreseeable future, we will continue the virtual lectures and discussion— all of which have been so well-received during these last few months and will now be enhanced by access to the collection. We look forward to continuing to visit with all of you online.


July 18 Money Talks | “An Introduction to the State Coinages of the Confederation, 1785–1788”
Join Ray Williams on July 18 for a Money Talks on State coinages of the Confederation. Under the “Articles of Confederation,” the rights of the individual states to coin money was recognized. The states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey took advantage and passed legislation authorizing the production of a copper coinage. Vermont was not yet a state, but followed suit. When the Constitution was ratified, it took away the states’ rights to produce their own coinage. We will present an overview of the legislation, mints, people involved, and the coins themselves. More...


The 2020 Mid-Year Appeal Continues Through July
Thanks to your unwavering loyalty and generosity, we have been able to set an ambitious pace for 2020. Highlights of recent activity are described in the 2020 Mid-Year Appeal flyer. Today we ask that you please consider making a donation so we can continue to build on the momentum we have gained so far. Many of you have already contributed, thank you! Make a Donation.


The Planchet
Ep. 4, A Brief History of Women Coin Collectors
The fourth episode of The Planchet features guest ANS Trustee Mary Lannin talking about five notable women coin collectors from the 15th to the 20th centuries, and the state of the field in 2020: Isabella d’Este, Comtesse Martine de Béhague, Olga H. Knoepke, Elisabeth Washburn King, and Emery May Norweb. More…


The 2020 JEAN is here!
The first JEAN of 2020 will be mailed out this week! "Collecting American Colonial Coins in Eighteenth-Century England," by Jeff Rock, "Aztec Influence in Early Spanish Colonial Four-Reales Coinage," 1538–1542 by Philip C. Ellsworth, "The Montreal Medal of Songose: A Case Study of Established Numismatic Lore" by Julia H. Casey.

The spring issue of ANS Magazine will also be arriving to members within the next two weeks.


An Important OCRE Update
Richard Abdy’s recent “Roman Imperial Coinage” Vol. II, Part 3 (the coinage of Hadrian) has been published to Online Coins of the Roman Empire. The project has established a concordance between old and new type numbers, making it possible for databases to transition to the new typology. In addition to digitizing the information in the volume, the OCRE update creates “supertypes,” a valuable tool for collectors. The use of a “supertype” allows related coins to be grouped where no 1:1 relationship exists between the old and the new volumes. More...


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A New Monograms Function in Hellenistic Royal Coinages
With the help of Mark Pyzyk, Lauren Tomanelli, and Oliver Hoover, we have been systematically digitizing the monograms appearing on the coins covered in our online resources under the Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) banner, these include the coinages of Philip II of Macedon and Alexander III in PELLA, the coins of the Seleucids in Seleucid Coins Online and the coins of the Ptolemies in Ptolemaic Coins Online. Nearly 5,000 individual monograms have been created as scalable and printable svg files. Individual IDs have then been created for each monogram, which is then linked to the type record in HRC for the coin type on which the monogram appears, whether in PELLA, SCO, or PCO.  More...


June in Review

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Money Talks
| “Stories and Conversations as Recorded by Seleucid Coins”
On June 6, Adjunct Curator, Oliver D. Hoover hosted a Money Talks ‘Story Time’ and spoke on Seleucid coins and the tales they can tell us. Among its many wonders, the ANS cabinet houses the largest collection of Seleucid coins in the world. Whether it is about their royal issuers, the cities in which they were produced, or even each other, there is always something to say. Watch on the ANS YouTube Channel.


Long Table
June Long Table discussions included Signs of Inflation with Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg, Topics in Biblical and Judean Coins with ANS Trustee and First Vice President David Hendin with Chief Curator of Archaeology and Curator of Numismatics at the Israel Museum Haim Gitler, Preparing your Manuscript for Publication with Director of Publication Andrew Reinhard, and The Richard B. Witschonke Collection with Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone. With a pause for the holiday, the next Long Table will be hosted by Daniel Carr on July 10—designer of the New York and Rhode Island State Quarters, who now runs Moonlight Mint. See Long TableArchive.


Jesse Kraft Interviewed about a Town Printing Wooden 'Money'
Assistant Curator Dr. Jesse Kraft was interviewed by Francesca Giuliani-Hoffman, CNN, about a program in Tenino, WA where wooden money is being printed as COVID relief for their residents. Each resident gets $300 in this wooden money to spend, then the business owners who receive them can turn them into the local government for US currency. Read more.


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Money Talks
| “What's New at the Newman Portal?”
On June 27, ANS Fellow and NNP Project Coordinator Len Augsburger gave a very well attended virtual Money Talks on The Newman Numismatic Portal— an online numismatic library that holds over 40,000 items. He provided an overview of the collection and, in particular, discussed activities at the ANS library. Watch on the ANS YouTube Channel.


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Jesse Kraft Consulted on Cleaning your Money
Dr. Jesse Kraft was interviewed on KNTV (San Francisco NBC affiliate) by Chris Chmura on money "laundering" or how to properly clean your money during COVID-19. It aired on June 15 in the Bay area and in other locations thereafter. Watch on NBC.

Money Talks
| "Die Münzprägung von Milet: Neue Forschungen und Wege"
On June 25 Professor Dr. Bernhard Weisser of Berlin, ANS Research Curator Dr. Ute Wartenberg of New York, and Rudolf Hilbert of München gave a Money Talks lecture for our German-speaking members, covering Miletus and ancient minting techniques.

Money Talks | State Coinages of the Confederation

MONEY TALKS An Introduction to the State Coinages of the Confederation, 1785 - 1788 With Ray Williams Saturday, July 18 1:00 pm ET This Money Talks will be held live via video conference. As with any Money Talks, you will be able to ask questions and hear responses in real time. The session is open to ANS members only. RSVP…
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Friday, June 26
1:00 pm ET

Join Dr. Lucia Carbone for a discussion on the 4,000 coins included in the R. B. Witschonke Collection and how it provides a historical and numismatic prologue to the study of Roman Provincial coinage. Mainly dated between the second and the first century BC, this collection illustrates the gradual transition from distinct to compatible monetary systems in the Mediterranean basin and tell the tale of a partial convergence toward the Roman monetary system before the inception of the so-called Roman Provincial coinage in the second half of the first century BC. Spanning from imitations of Roman Republican denarii from Romania and Gaul to the lead tokens of Spain, from Aesillas’ tetradrachms in Macedonia to the Romano-Sicilian coins in Sicily, local coinages and pseudo-mints in Central and Southern Italy, this collection offers a unique overview of the diverse ways in which the monetary systems of the Mediterranean basin responded to the Roman conquest in the second and early first century BC and to the related necessity of interconnectivity.

The Long Table sessions are open to ANS members only. RSVP to Emma Pratte at to get the link.

Past Long Table sessions

2020 Mid-Year Appeal

May 2020 Dear Friend, All of us at the ANS are profoundly appreciative of your steadfast dedication to this wonderful institution, and never more so than in the strange spring of 2020. This time of year, we traditionally ask you for your financial support. Although the entire ANS staff has been working remotely since the…
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Press Release | An Important OCRE Update

June 9, 2020 New York, NY For Immediate Release An Important OCRE Update The ANS has recently launched an update to its Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) digital corpus. This update, months in the making, incorporates into OCRE the newly published volume of Spink’s authoritative series, Roman Imperial Coinage II.3: From AD 117…
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March 12, 2020
New York, NY
For immediate release


The American Numismatic Society aims to incorporate major new research on Roman Imperial Coinage into its hugely popular digital resource Online Coins of the Roman Empire. This is a laborious process that entails updating or amending thousands of entries, and it will take several months to complete. In order to assist this project, the ANS has launched a gofundme campaign on its charity platform.

Since its inception in 2013, Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) has provided the numismatic community with a revolutionary tool designed to help in the identification, cataloging, and research of the rich and varied coinage of the Roman Empire. OCRE provides an easy to use digital resource incorporates over 43,000 types of coins and more than 130,000 physical coins, representing more than 40 major public and private collections from all over the world. The project records every published type of Roman Imperial Coinage from Augustus, in 31 BCE, until the death of Zeno, in 491 CE.

In January 2019, Spink & Son published Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol. II, Part 3, written by longtime British Museum curator Richard Abdy, with a section on medallions by P. F. Mittag. This was the first new volume in the series in 25 years, and it represents a major achievement in the field. For the ANS, this important new work, which covers the reign of Hadrian (117–138 CE), necessitates the hiring of temporary staff to aid in the replacement of some 4,000 OCRE records. The Society, in cooperation with Sprink & Sons and Richard Abdy, is now working on this process, which will take several months. The ANS is therefore asking for small donations to help integrate this very significant improvement into the online project. If you use OCRE for teaching or research, please consider donating to the ANS. No amount is too small.

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.

Announcing CoinHoards!

May 6, 2020 New York for immediate release The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the launch of CoinHoards, a new web-based, linked open data tool for research in ancient Greek numismatics and ancient economies. Coin Hoards is a component of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project developed by the American…
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April 2020 E-News

Announcements and Upcoming Events A Digital "Money Talks" | Currency with Consequences: Circulating Counterfeits in the United States Illicitly creating the likeness of a genuine piece is one thing, successfully spending it is another. Similarly, recognizing a counterfeit is the first step on the path to finding the culprit. Join ANS Curator of the Americas,…
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Press Release: An Important Update to PCO

April 27, 2020 New York for immediate release An important update to the NEH-Funded Ptolemaic Coins Online In 2018, the ANS launched Ptolemaic Coins Online as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project. Ptolemaic Coins Online (PCO) is a new research tool that will ultimately provide wide access to…
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Announcing the podcast of the American Numismatic Society

The ANS has launched a podcast! Hosted by our Publications Director Andrew Reinhard, each episode of The Planchet will be a conversation with numismatists and other scholars about the stories and histories of currency and medals. Recorded for non-specialists and professionals alike, there is something for all.

The Planchet is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google/Android. Subscribe and hear a new episode each month!


Ep. 01: Foreign Currency before the Coinage Act of 1857
The inaugural episode of The Planchet features a conversation between Dr. Jesse Kraft, ANS Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas, and Dr. Andrew Reinhard, ANS Director of Publications, about how Americans spent foreign currency before the Coinage Act of 1857.

Ep. 02: Mark Antony: A Rogue with Monetary Insight
The second episode of The Planchet features guests Dr. Lucia Carbone, Assistant Curator for Roman Coins for the ANS, and Dr. Katie Cupello, expert on Mark Antony and Roman portraiture, as they talk about Antony, his many wives, political iconography, and his program of coinage in the Roman East.

Click here for more information.