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Money Talks | French Colonial Coinages

French Coinage Specifically for North America with Sydney Martin, ANS President of the Board of Trustees Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm $30 for members, $50 for non-members What many early American coin collectors fail to recognize is that, from early in the sixteenth century until 1763, New France included most of what is…
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ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

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March “Money Talks”

Join Donald Squires on March 9 for Reading Byzantine Coins. With Latin, Greek, or both and written in a mixture of the Greek and Roman alphabets, the inscriptions on Byzantine coins can be tricky to decipher. Providing a guide to the interpretation of Byzantine coin inscriptions, this talk will analyze a variety of coins. Space is limited. RSVP to membership@numismatics.orgMore…

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A Proxy Hasmonean Silver Coinage? 

On March 9, ANS Adjunct Curator Oliver Hoover will speak on "A Proxy Hasmonean Silver Coinage? The Unique Seleucid Tetradrachm of Gaza and its Political Implications" at the Eleventh Seminar on Middle Eastern and Central Asian Numismatics in Memoriam Boris Kochnev (1940–2002) held at Hofstra University. More…

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The World Between Empires

The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East will be on view from March 18–June 23, 2019 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For over three centuries, the territories and trading networks of the Middle East were contested between the Roman and Parthian Empires (ca. 100 BC–AD 250), yet across the region life was not defined by these two superpowers alone. Thirteen ANS coins from Parthia, Judea, Syria, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire will be included. More…

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The Medallic Arts and Ophthalmology

On March 17, ANS Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen will present Samuel Mackenzie Elliot: New York City Oculist, at the 32nd annual meeting of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society in Washington, DC. Elliot was a colorful figure, who, besides his successful medical practice, established a village, “Elliotville” in Staten Island that attracted many prominent abolitionists as his patients, such as Francis Shaw and his family. Members of the Shaw family, as well as Elliotville neighbors were portrayed by leading medallic artists including August Saint Gaudens and Victor David Brenner. More…

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OCRE featured in Digital Humanities Workshop

On April 5 at Leiden University, the annual state of the art lecture of the research group The Unification of the Mediterranean World 400 BC–400 AD will be given by Prof. Dr. C. Gazdac, titled Which coins were hoarded? Why were they hidden, lost, or deposited? General and specific patterns of coin hoarding in the light of the Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire Project. The lecture is preceded by two workshops on the digital numismatic databases CHRE and OCRE. Attendance, lunch and drinks are free, but registration is required (email Liesbeth Claes: l.claes@hum.leidenuniv.nl). See Program.

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The First Issue of 2019 is Almost Here!

The first issue of ANS Magazine for 2019 will ship to Members in March. It features articles on the notebooks of ANS cofounder Edward Groh (David Hill), the Virgil Brand Collection of Newfoundland Two-Dollar Gold Coins (Harvey B. Richer and Eric M. Krauss), and coinage of medieval Italy (David Yoon), along with news, new acquisitions, an interview with the editor of the Journal of Early American Numismatics, and a look back at the 2019 ANS Gala.

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2019 Whitman Coin Baltimore Spring Expo

ANS Trustee Mary Lannin and Deputy Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg are representing the ANS at the Whitman Coin Baltimore Spring Expo from February 28–March 3. Stop by Booth 1442 to renew your membership, subscribe to JEAN for 2019, or just say hello! More…

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April “Money Talks”

Join ANS Board President, Sydney Martin for French Coinage Specifically for North America on April 13. What many early American coin collectors fail to recognize is that, from early in the sixteenth century until 1763, New France included most of what is now the United States west of the Appalachians, as well as most of present Canada. As such, coins minted by France with the intent of circulating only its North American colonies should be considered “coin of the realm.” More…

FEBRUARY IN REVIEW

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The Third Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School

AKMED Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School, an intensive two-week (July 8–19, 2019) program, taught by Dr. Peter van Alfen and Professor Dr. Oğuz Tekin of Koç University AKMED, will give students an introduction to Greek, Roman, and Byzantine numismatics (c. 650 BC–AD 1453). More...

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February “Money Talks”

On February 9 Dr. Peter van Alfen invited members and friends of the ANS to the first “Money Talks” of 2019, which featured an introduction to Hellenistic Greek coinage and a good look at arguably some of the most beautiful coins in the collection. Touching on some of the current problems in Hellenistic numismatics and scholarship, Dr. van Alfen helped participants gain a better understanding of Hellenistic Greek coinages. 

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The Constantian Monetary Revolution

The Constantian Monetary Revolution, co-author by Prof. Roger Bagnall—Professor of Ancient History and Leon Levy Director Emeritus, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University—and Dr. Gilles Bransbroug has just been made available on ISAW Papers. Through a comparative and parallel use of papyrological and numismatic materials, the paper analyses the processes and the monetary reforms at play behind the Roman "hyper-inflation" of the mid-4th century CE, a century during which prices rose by a facto of 50,000. The Fel Temp Reparatio coinages that marked the 1100th birthday of the Urbs in 348 brought inflation to its climax, with prices jumping about twenty-fold a in matter of two or three years in 351-354. A parallel increased supply of silver coinage was allowed by the removal of silver from the existing billon coinage. These mutations led ultimately to the bimetallic gold:bronze bullion-based price system that defines the later Byzantine period.

ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

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The ANS Acquires the Del Bland Archive

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of the vast archive of research data assembled by United States large cent expert Del Bland. By the end of his life, he had produced almost 300 large ring binders (weighing some 900 lbs.) on the condition, sale prices, and ownership of large cents. With the exception of sections redacted by request, all of the materials will be made available on April 1, 2019. More…

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February “Money Talks”

On February 9, Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen invites members and friends of the ANS to the first “Money Talks” of 2019, which will feature an introduction to Hellenistic Greek coinage and a good look at arguably some of the most beautiful coins in the collection. Touching on some of the current problems in Hellenistic numismatics and scholarship, Dr. van Alfen will use the ANS’s resources—online with Hellenistic Royal Coinages and in print with the new Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire— to help participants gain a better understanding of Hellenistic Greek coinages. More…

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PCO is Now Live

Ptolemaic Coins Online (PCO) (numismatisc.org/pco) is a new research tool intended to provide wide access to the coins listed in the print volumes of Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire by Catharine C. Lorber, the first attempt to provide a new, comprehensive standard typology and catalog for the coinage produced by the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt since Ioannis Svoronos’s Τα νομίσματα του κράτους των Πτολεμαίων (Coins of the Ptolemiac State) published in 1904–1908. More…

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The Metcalf Festschrift has Arrived!

Concordia Disciplinarum: Essays on Ancient Coinage, History, and Archaeology in Honor of William E. Metcalf (Numismatic Studies 38) is here and ready to order. The Festschrift, edited by Dr. Nathan Elkins and Dr. Jane DeRose Evans, contains 20 new papers mostly on ancient Roman coinage by Metcalf’s colleagues. Click here to learn more and to purchase.

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2019 Summer Seminar Applications Due February 22

Since 1952, the ANS has held a summer program offering students the opportunity to work hands-on with one of the world‘s preeminent numismatic collections. We are now currently accepting applications for the 65th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics, to be held from June 3–July 26, 2019. Applications are due on February 22. More…

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It’s Time to Subscribe to JEAN Again!

Make sure to subscribe now for JEAN’s sophomore year! Since 1960, The Colonial Newsletter has published studies focusing on the study of the coinages produced by the states during the Confederation period of the United States. In 2018 we expanded the focus to include all of the Americas and converted it to 240-page journal, creating the Journal of Early American Numismatics. Subscribe for 2019 now.

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Jewish Coins of the Second Temple Period

On Wednesday, February 27, 3:30 pm ANS Vice-President David Hendin will be giving a talk at Stern College. More...

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Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa

The ANS sent a number of coins on to The Block Museum at Northwestern University as a part of Caravans of Gold—the first major exhibition addressing the scope of Saharan trade and the shared history of West Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe from the eighth to sixteenth centuries. The exhibition showcases the objects and ideas that connected at the crossroads of the medieval Sahara and celebrates West Africa’s historic and underrecognized global significance. More…

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March “Money Talks”

Join Donald Squires on March 9 for Reading Byzantine Coins. With Latin, Greek, or both and written in a mixture of the Greek and Roman alphabets, the inscriptions on Byzantine coins can be tricky to decipher. Providing a guide to the interpretation of Byzantine coin inscriptions, this talk will analyze a variety of coins. No prior knowledge of Latin or Greek is required.  More..

In Review

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The Gala was a Success!

On Thursday, January 10, 2019, some 150 friends of the American Numismatic Society gathered to honor Mike Gasvoda with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner, held at the Harvard Club in New York City. More…

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The 2018 Huntington Award

ANS Fellow Dr. John Kleeberg received the 2018 Archer M. Huntington Award on December 4, 2018. Dr. Kleeberg also gave the 2018 Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture: “Dr. William H. Sheldon, Ted Naftzger, and the Large Cent Thefts” which is now available on Youtube. Read about the Archer M. Huntington Award.

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Wine & Coins

The 2018 Money Talks season ended on a high note! On December 8, Alex Conison, who holds a PhD on the ancient Roman wine trade and is the senior brand manager for Jose Cuervo USA, and MJ Macamara, PhD candidate in classics and NYC chef, with our Deputy Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg, presented an edible history of ancient Rome. Ms. McNamara prepared food using ancient Roman recipes, with wine of the ancient world selected by Dr. Conison.

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Eleonora Giampiccolo greets Pope Francis

Eleonora Giampiccolo, Summer Seminar Class of ’07 and current Director of the Numismatic Department at the Vatican Library, greeted Pope Francis when he visited the library to see a selection of three coins cited in the Bible; a shekel of the mint of Tyre, a Roman denarius, and a prutah of Pilate. Pope Francis was most interested in the prutah—the coin quoted in one of his favorite Gospel readings, The Offering of the Widow (Mark 12:41–44), in which a poor widow gives everything she has to the temple in the form of two very small copper coins. 

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David Yoon on Stromboli

On January 5, Associate Curator David Yoon presented a paper (co-authored with Sara T. Levi and Valerie Long) at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, entitled "Roman and Medieval Activity at the Site of San Vincenzo, Stromboli."

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The Year-End Appeal is now Closed

The Year-End Appeal was a success! Thank you to everyone who contributed. The work undertaken here at the ANS would not be possible without your generosity! 

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The ANS Acquires the Del Bland Archive

January 28, 2019
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The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the acquisition of the vast archive of research data assembled by United States large cent expert Del Bland, who died in late 2018. Nearly 50 years ago, Bland began scouring auction catalogs, meticulously compiling information on the condition, sale prices, and ownership of large cents. By the end of his life, his efforts had produced an enormous unpublished reference work, consisting of almost 300 large ring binders weighing some 900 pounds and occupying 40 feet of shelf space.

We are deeply indebted to the ANS members whose contributions made possible the purchase of these materials, particularly long-time benefactor and numismatic author John Adams. The other donors are Robert Rodriguez, Dan Hamelberg, William Burd, and Joel Orosz, as well as David Fanning, of the numismatic auction firm Kolbe & Fanning, who also worked closely with Del and the Bland family to arrange the acquisition. We thank them all for their contributions to the ANS and to the research community generally.

The ANS eagerly anticipates making this material available to researchers. However, given the nature of some of the information contained in the archive, including the names of some current large cent owners, the Society’s Board of Trustees has decided to delay making the materials available for study so that current owners might have a chance to request that personally identifying information be redacted before the materials are made available. Anyone with such concerns can contact ANS librarian and archivist David Hill at hill@numismatics.org, providing him with references to  specific coins. With the exception of sections redacted by request, all of the materials will be made available to members (and to general researchers paying the standard library use fee) on April 1, 2019. Additionally, the board has decided that the materials may not be reproduced in any way.  Users, for example, will not be permitted to use hand-held devices to capture images, and scans of the materials will not be placed online.

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Announcing Ptolemaic Coins Online

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of a new web-based research tool: Ptolemaic Coins Online (PCO). As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project, PCO is a new research tool intended to provide wide access to the coins listed in the print volumes of Coins…
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Accepting Applications For 2019 Seminar

With a deadline of February 22, 2019, The ANS is now accepting applications for the 65th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics to be held at the ANS in New York City from June 3 through July 26, 2019.

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 million objects, the collection is particularly strong in Greek, Roman, Islamic, Far Eastern, and US and Colonial coinages, as well as Medallic Art. Located in New York City’s SoHo district, the Society also houses the world’s most complete numismatic library.

The rigorous eight-week course, taught by ANS staff, guest lecturers, and a Visiting Scholar, introduces students to the methods, theories, and history of the discipline. In addition to the lecture program, students will select a numismatic research topic and, utilizing ANS resources, complete a paper while in residence. The Seminar is intended to provide students of History, Art History, Textual Studies, Archeology, and Data Science who have little or no numismatic background with a working knowledge of a body of evidence that is often overlooked and poorly understood. Successful applicants are typically doctoral candidates or junior faculty in a related discipline, but masters candidates are admitted as well.

This year’s Eric P. Newman Visiting Scholar will be Dr. Evangeline Markou of the National Hellenic Research Foundation. Dr. Markou is a specialist in ancient Greek coinage, particularly the coinage of ancient Cyprus.

Applications are due no later than February 22, 2019. A limited number of stipends of up to $4000 are available to US citizens, and non-US citizens studying at US institutions under certain visas. For application forms and further information, please see the Summer Seminar page of our website, or contact the Seminar Director, Dr. Peter van Alfen (vanalfen@numismatics.org; 212-571-4470, x153).

 

UPCOMING & CURRENT EVENTS

 

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The 2019 Annual Gala Dinner

Ticket and table prices are now available for the 2019 Annual Gala Dinner honoring our former First Vice President, Mike Gasvoda. The Gala will take place on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the Harvard Club, 35 West 44th Street, New York City. Cocktails begin at 6:30 and Dinner and Program at 7:30. See the full Press Release

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2018 Huntington Award

ANS Fellow Dr. John Kleeberg will be honored with the 2018 Archer M. Huntington Award on Tuesday, December 4. Dr. Kleeberg will give the Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture: “Dr. William H. Sheldon, Ted Naftzger, and the Large Cent Thefts.” More…

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December Money Talks |
Wine & Coins

On Saturday, December 8, join Alex Conison, PhD on the Ancient Roman wine trade and senior brand manager for Jose Cuervo USA, and MJ McNamara, PhD candidate in classics and NYC chef, with our Deputy Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg for an edible history of ancient Rome. Come and enjoy food prepared using ancient Roman recipes, paired with wine of the ancient world, and see the coins that would have paid for it all. Limited Space available. Please RSVP. More…

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The Metcalf Festschrift will Arrive Next Month

Arriving at the ANS on December 19 is Concordia Disciplinarum: Essays on Ancient Coinage, History, and Archaeology in Honor of William E.Metcalf  (Numismatic Studies 38). The Festschrift, edited by Dr. Nathan Elkins and Dr. Jane DeRose Evans, contains 20 new articles mostly on ancient Roman coinage by Metcalf’s colleagues. Learn more about the book

YEA-online-2The Year End Appeal is Now On!

As 2018 draws to a close, we ask all of you who share our passion for numismatics to make a donation to the ANS. Your contributions mean more than ever to the Society. A small gift that helps us keep the lights on or covers the cost of photographing a coin is just as necessary as one that allows us to publish a book or sponsor a curator’s research. All these donations add up to make possible our many and varied projects.

Make a donation

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The Second Issue of JEAN

The second issue of the Journal of Early American Numismatics (JEAN) will be published for subscribers at the end of 2018. Contents include: Gary A. Trudgen, "Walter Mould: Convicted Felon,” "The People vs. Counterfeit Coppers,” and "Samuel Atlee’s New York City Brewery and Mint;” David D. Gladfelter, "From Little Acorns”; Christopher R. McDowell, "A New Look and Fresh Theory on the Origins of the Rhode Island Ship Medal”; and John M. Kleeberg, "The Continental Dollar: British Medals or American Coins?” To subscribe or to renew your subscription for 2019 please contact Emma Pratte at 212.571.4470 x117 or by email at membership@numismatics.org.

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Pondera Online: Third Workshop

Pondera Online: Third Workshop—a conference focusing on ancient measures and weights standards—will feature a session chaired by Executive Director Ute Wartenberg entitled “Defining Tricky Standards,” and another, “Archaic and Classical Weights,” during which Dr. Wartenberg and ANS Fellow John Kroll of Oxford University will be presenting. The workshop will be held in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belguim from December 12–14. See full Program

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The Final Magazine of 2018

ANS Magazine’s fourth issue of 2018 is at the printer and will arrive in Members’ mailboxes before year’s end. Features include “Amicus to Domus: Analyzing Agrippa’s Relationship to Augustus through Coinage,” by Thomas Foster; “The Cartier Papers: The Birth of a Numismatic Journal in Nineteenth-Century France,” by Sarah Busschaert; “Jules Éduard Roiné, Medals in Books, and the Birth of the Medallic Art Company,” by David Hill; and “Rescuing American Heritage: The ANS Acquires the Archives of the Medallic Art Company,” by Ute Wartenberg.

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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the ANS every time you shop, at no additional cost to you. When you buy your holiday gifts at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the ANS! 

NOVEMBER IN REVIEW

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Version 2 of SCO is now live!

The ANS is pleased to announce the release of version 2 (v.2) of the web-based research tool: Seleucid Coins Online (SCO). As a component of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) project, the newly unveiled version of SCO v.2 completes the type corpus incorporating material related to Seleucid Coins, Part I, covering the reigns from Seleucus I to Antiochus III (c. 320–187 BC), and the material in Part II covering the reigns from Seleucus IV to Antiochus XIII (187–64 BC) as well as the posthumous Roman imitations (63–14/13 BC). More…

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November Money Talks | Preserving US Medallic Art Heritage

The ANS recently acquired the archives of the Medallic Art Company (MACO). MACO was founded in New York City in the early 20th century­, and for more than a century it produced the work of America’s finest artists. On November 17, Dr. Ute Wartenberg and Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen spoke about the acquisition and gave attendees an up-close look at the MACO medals, dies, galvanos, and records.

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150th Anniversary of the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Dr. Wartenberg represented the ANS the 150th Anniversary of the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin—a colloquium and official ceremony held on November 22 in Berlin that was attended by over 100 guests. During the day of celebration various speakers discussed the history of the museum and its extraordinary collections.

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A Handheld History
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Peter van Alfen spoke on a panel with ANS Fellow and historian, Stephen Scher, and Bowdoin College associate professor of art history, Susan E. Wegner. The panel entitled Holding History in the Palm of One's Hand: Contemporary Perspectives on Medals and Coins from Antiquity to Recent Past, was a part of an event celebrating the college’s new exhibit: A Handheld History: Five Centuries of Medals from the Molinari Collection at Bowdoin College. The medals will be on display at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through January 20, 2019. A video of the panel discussion will be made available on the Museum’s website. More…

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Art and Memory: The Role of Medals

The Medal Collectors of America and the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) hosted “Art and Memory: The Role of Medals” at the MHS headquarters in Boston on November 10. Many ANS associates spoke on the role of medals in American history including Ute Wartenberg, Robert Hoge, and John Adams. 

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School Visits to the ANS

On November 7 a group of 22 students from Riverdale School visited the ANS. The students were accompanied by their Latin teachers and were introduced to the coinage of Caesar and Augustus by Dr. Lucia Carbone, Assistant Curator of Roman coins. Another group of ten students, this time from the Bronx School of Law and Finance, visited ANS on November 20. Dr. Peter van Alfen introduced the students to the history of ANS and guided the group through the premises of the Society, while Dr. Carbone presented an overview on the history of Roman coinage. 

The ANS Releases SCO V.2

November 27, 2018 New York for immediate release The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of version 2 (v.2) of the web-based research tool: Seleucid Coins Online (SCO). As a component of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) project, SCO aims to provide a comprehensive overview of…
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2018 Huntington Award to John Kleeberg

Press Release November 1, 2018 The American Numismatic Society Awards its 2018 Archer M. Huntington Award for Excellence in Numismatic Scholarship to Dr. John M. Kleeberg. The Trustees of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) have voted to bestow upon Dr. John M. Kleeberg the 2018 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his scholarly work…
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