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Friday, June 11
1:00 pm EST

Join Linda Jacobson, Keeper of the North Carolina Collection Gallery, and Bob Schreiner, numismatic advisor to the NCC, as they present the numismatic holdings of the collection. The Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill holds numismatic items from around the world, with a particular focus on currency used in North Carolina or connected to the University. The presenters will discuss the background of this historic collection and show highlights, including the 1694 Carolina Elephant Token, colonial-era handwritten and printed paper money, nineteenth-century lottery tickets used to fund the construction of University buildings, treasury notes of early North Carolina statehood, an extensive Bechtler gold coin collection, antebellum obsolete paper money, and Civil War treasury notes.

Past Long Table sessions

with Assistant Curator of American Numismatics Jesse Kraft, ANS Fellow Scott H. Miller, and MFA Boston Director of Exhibitions Patrick McMahon

Saturday, June 12, 2021
1:00 pm ET
Members only

By the time of the Hahlo Exhibition in 1912, Victor David Brenner was a globally-acclaimed sculptor and was still receiving accolades for his famed Lincoln cent of 1909. The exhibition effectively served as a survey of his life’s work up to that point, showcasing pieces he produced early in his career alongside others that were freshly struck. The Brenner 150 Exhibition is a new digital recreation of the famous original display. In addition to the 1912 Hahlo Exhibition having displayed 150 pieces of his work, the year 2021 marks the 150th anniversary of his birth—June 12, 1871. Join Assistant Curator of American Numismatics Jesse Kraft, ANS Fellow Scott H. Miller, and MFA Boston Director of Exhibitions Patrick McMahon on June 12, 2021 for the official launch of the digital exhibition, a tour through the website, and a discussion on the sculptor and his body of work.

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.

"As we prepare to reopen our headquarters for visitors, we are reminded of how much we relied on you, our loyal friends, to meet the unique challenges of the past year. Now we turn to you again to help us maintain this incredible growth with a contribution to the 2021 Mid-Year Appeal."

Gilles Bransbourg
ANS Executive Director

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Upcoming Events & Announcements

Money Talks | The Brenner 150 Exhibition: 150 Years of V.D.B.
Join Assistant Curator of American Numismatics Jesse Kraft, ANS Fellow Scott H. Miller, and MFA Boston Director of Exhibitions Patrick McMahon on June 12, 2021 for the official launch of the  Brenner 150 Exhibition. This exhibit celebrates acclaimed sculptor Victor David Brenner and digitally recreates the famous 1912 Hahlo Exhibition.More...

New Episode of Greatest Coins: The Franc
In this episode of Greatest Coins, Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg presents one of the oldest and most widespread currency units in the world: the franc. From the 1365 gold "Franc à cheval" to the fiduciary banknotes and coins circulating today around the world, the franc's venerable history tells the stories of regime changes, wars, revolutions, economic collapse and recovery, and major currency reforms.

The Planchet: A Conversation with David Hendin
Season 2, Episode 3 features an interview with David Hendin, ANS Vice President and Adjunct Curator, scholar, and collector. The 6th edition of his book, A Guide to Biblical Coins, will be published by the American Numismatic Society in the summer of 2021. In this episode, Hendin recalls how he began collecting and studying coins, offers some advice on cleaning (and not cleaning) ancient coins, shares some stories of his encounters with dealers in Jerusalem, and talks about what’s new in the latest edition of his GuideListen and Subscribe.

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COAC 2021: Call for papers
The ANS is proud to announce the reintroduction of the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC). The conference, set for September 2021, will feature presentations and papers related to famed sculptor Victor David Brenner for the 150th anniversary of his birth. Submit paper proposals to Assistant Curator of American Numismatics Jesse Kraft at by July 1. More…

June Long Tables
Join us each Friday at 1PM ET for our weekly Long Table discussion. Next week, ANS Director of Publications Andrew Reinhard will explain the peer review process. Then, we will host representatives from the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina, Bob Schreiner and Keeper Linda Jacobson. Next, ANS Fellow Ira Rezak will discuss the medallic mysteries from his own collection of medical, Jewish, and Russian materials. Finally, numismatic designer Heidi Wastweet will take us step-by-step through the process of designing a medal. Links will be sent to active members in advance.

May in Review

May Money Talks: The Bar Kokhba Revolts
On May 22, ANS Vice President and Adjunct Curator David Hendin discussed Bar Kokhba coins in context as the last ancient Judean coins. He explained how they differed from previous Judean coins, particularly in their depiction of the Jerusalem Temple, which had been destroyed in 70 CE, and other elements of Jewish worship.

David Yoon at the International Congress on Medieval Studies
On May 13, Associate Curator David Yoon presented a paper at the (online) International Congress on Medieval Studies. Titled “How Fiduciary Were Aragonese Florins?”, the paper discussed the debasement of gold florins in the Crown of Aragon in relation to exchange rates and money of account.

ANS Lyceum on the Coins of Rome begins 
The first ANS Lyceum course—Coins from the Archaic to Hellenisitic Periods with Chief Curator Peter van Alfen—wrapped up on May 5. Coins of Rome, led by Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg and Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbonebegan on May 19 with another full-capacity class. More...

New on YouTube
Our April Money Talks is now available on the ANS YouTube channel. Chief Curator Peter van Alfen explores the origins of the Columbian Exposition, Columbus’ popularity in 19th century America (and subsequent downfall in the 20th), the ANS’s vast holdings of coins, medals, and tokens from the fair, and the disputes between artists and officials over the production of some items.

May Long Tables
The ANS hosted two curators from outside collections in May—Curator of the John Max Wulfing Collection of Ancient Coins and Related Objects at Washington University in St. Louis, Prof. William S. Bubelis, and Assistant Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Dr. Laure Marest. Later in the month, Saltus Award Winner Mashiko presented her commemorative works in medals and other media. Lastly, ANS Director of Data Science Ethan GruberDr. Courtney Nimura, and Dr. John Talbot led a discussion on their newly-launched Nomisma database, Iron Age Coins in Britain.

ANS Lyceum

The ANS Lyceum is an online educational offering from the American Numismatic Society. Over several weeks, participants have the opportunity to engage in interactive lectures and discussion sessions with ANS curators who introduce the numismatic objects, economic history, and cultures of people from around the world and from different periods of history. Space is limited and registration will close when 40 participants have enrolled. The ANS Lyceum is open to all with no prior knowledge of numismatics or history required or expected. See full Press Release.

12:30–2:00 pm (EST)

$100 for ANS Members
$250 for non-members

Join as a member today

Scholarships are available for students

May 19–June 30

Coins of Rome

with Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg
& Assistant Curator Lucia Carbone

May 19—The Dawn of Roman Coinage (–91 BCE) 
May 26—Social War and Imperatores (90–27 BCE) 
June 2—Coinage in the Roman Provinces before RPC (150–50 BCE) 
June 9—Roman Provincial Coinage (50 BCE–298 CE) 
June 16—Augustus and the Early Empire (27 BCE–192 CE)
June 23—Crime and Punishment (193-301 CE)
June 30—The Golden Age (301-494 CE)

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Contact Austin Andrews at with questions.

Lyceum Detail

March 31–May 5

Coins from the Archaic to Hellenistic periods 

with ANS Chief Curator Peter van Alfen

Registration for this course is now closed.

March 31—Ancient Mints and Minting Technology
April 7—The Lydian Kingdom and the Earliest Electrum Coins
April 14—Archaic and Classical Greek Coins
April 21—Coinages of the Persian Empire
April 28—Hellenistic Royal Coinages
May 5—Hellenistic Civic Coinages

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The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire ... exhibited 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

The conference “Coinage of the Roman Provinces before Provincial Coinage: The Richard B. Witschonke Collection” was a great success. Held March 23—25, this three-day conference was co-sponsored by the American Numismatic Society and the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center CUNY.  At the conclusion of the program, the Society announced that student attendees would be given dues-free 2021 ANS memberships with additional subscriptions to the peer-reviewed American Journal of Numismatics (AJN).

On the second day of the conference, Dr. Joel Allen, Executive Officer of the PhD Program in History at Queens College and chair of one of the conference sessions, informed the ANS that the CUNY Graduate Center would sponsor ten students’ one-year memberships at the American Numismatic Society. In response, this generous offer was enthusiastically matched by David Hendin, Vice President of the Society, who also presented a paper during the first day of the conference. Students submitted their names to a raffle drawing; however, all additional students who submitted their names to the raffle, but not initially selected, were then sponsored by ANS Trustee Michael Beall.

The recipients of the 2021 memberships are:

Hayley Barnett
Mateus Mello Araujo da Silva
Alexander Ekserdjian
Almoatz-bellah Elshahawi
Georgia Galani
Alex Green
Elizabeth Heintges
Mohaimenul Islam
Eirini Maria Kyrgialani
Gunhyuk LEE
Diego Machado
Rosanagh Mack
Eren Can Meral
Miguel Sanchez Morquecho
Campbell Orchard
Guilherme Rodrigues
Maria Roumeliotou
Alice Sharpless
Nourhan Tamer
Brandon Tejo

Learn more about how to support the ANS by becoming a member.

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 Club 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 Club 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 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.

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. 


  • 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


  • 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.

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