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March 2018 E-News

2018 March E-News


UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming "Money Talks," To Counterfeit is Death

On Saturday, April 21, ANS Fellow Ray Williams will be discussing the economic climate that made paper money necessary; the counterfeiting of bills and the anti-counterfeiting measures taken; the famous (and not so famous) colonists involved with paper money; and interesting stories involving some of the money that he will display. More…

A Lecture with Evangeline Markou of the National Hellenic Research Foundation
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Join us on Thursday, April 5 for "New Observations in Archaic & Classical Period Cypriote Coinage" by Evangeline Markou. There will be a reception at 5:30, followed by the lecture at 6:00. This event will take place at the ANS headquarters. More...


2018 Chicago Coin Expo
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April 18-21, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg will represent the ANS at the Chicago Coin Expo. Please be sure to stop by table #27 to renew your membership, review a publication, or just to say hello. More…


David Yoon To Give Presentation in DC
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On April 12, 2018, Associate Curator David Yoon will be presenting a poster at the Society for American Archaeology meeting in Washington, DC. The presentation is entitled “Long-Distance Trade in Late Antique Italy: Evidence from the Bova Marina Archaeological Project”.


The AJNs Are at the Printer
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Volumes 29 (2017) and 30 (2018) of The American Journal of Numismatics have gone out to the printer and will ship to our members in June.


May "Money Talks" | Reading Arabic on Coins
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On May 12, Jere L. Bacharach, Professor Emeritus of Middle East history at the University of Washington, will give a presentation in our series of "Money Talks" that teach participants how to understand foreign inscriptions on coins. Those who attend will learn how to identify different Islamic coins without knowing a word of Arabic. More…


Did you know that you can support the ANS while you shop?
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The American Numismatic Society has partnered with Amazon. Click through this link and a part of of your purchase will go towards helping the ANS fulfill its mission to promote and advance the study, research, and appreciation of numismatics. More...

MARCH IN REVIEW

 

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World
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March 27th marked the opening of Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World at the Getty Museum. Featuring ANS coins, the exhibition focuses on how Egypt held a great fascination for the Greeks and Romans and explores the artistic interplay between these cultures from the Bronze Age to Roman times. More…


Now Available—Ancient Engraved Gems in the National Museum in Krakow
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Ancient Engraved Gems in the National Museum in Krakow showcases the museum’s exquisite collection of 780 cameos, intaglios, scarabs, and finger rings. A limited number of copies are available. Purchase of this book is currently available only by email or telephone; contact Emma Pratte at membership@numismatics.org or 212-571-4470, ext. 117. More...


The History of Egyptian Coinage
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The History of Egyptian Coinage and Beyond Conference was organized by Thomas Faucher—the 2017 visiting scholar for the Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar—and Naglaa Ezzat of Ain Shams University. Familiar ANS faces included Chief Curator Peter van Alfen; Trustee, Andrew Meadows; and Second Vice President, Andrew Burnett. The conference took place at the French Institute in Egypt on March 25. More…


David Hendin at the Ha'aretz Museum
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On March 12, First Vice-President of the ANS David Hendin gave a talk entitled "Hasmonean Coins: Thoughts, Questions, Research" to the Israel Numismatic Society at the Ha'aretz Museum, Kadman Numismatic Pavilion in Tel Aviv. He also presented the Shekel Prize given by AINA (American Israel Numismatic Association) to Dr. Yoav Farhi for his book on the coinage found at Khirbet Qeiyafa.


Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference
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ANS Director of Data Science, Ethan Gruber, presented "Numismatic Reconciliation APIs for OpenRefine" at the Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference held in Tübingen, Germany. The paper presents an overview on new web services built into Nomisma.org and online type corpora, such as Online Coins of the Roman Empire, that enable fast clean-up of large datasets. These APIs were used to integrate more than 2,000 Roman Imperial coins from the University of Graz into OCRE in just a few minutes of labor. More...


March "Money Talks," Reading Latin on Coins
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Assistant Curator Lucia Carbone gave the first of a set of programs within the “Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations” series, in which ANS staff teach how to read and understand foreign inscriptions on ancient and modern coins.


2018 Spring Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo
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With a slight snow delay, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg and Membership Assistant Emma Pratte made it to the Spring 2018 Whitman Baltimore Expo. They chatted with members, signed up some new members, and let attendees know about our newest publications and upcoming events. More...

February 2018 E-News

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming "Money Talks," How to Read Latin on Coins
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On March 10, Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone will give a basic introduction to Latin as a language and how it is used on coins. No prior knowledge of Latin is required. This will be the first of a set of programs within the “Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations” series, in which ANS staff will teach how to read and understand foreign inscriptions on coins, ancient and modern. More…

 

The ABSS Trip to Nevada
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On September 20–23 the Augustus B. Sage Society will take its first U.S. excursion to Virginia City and Carson City, Nevada, where participants will explore the gold and silver mines along with 19th-century mansions, stores, saloons, and a number of captivating cemeteries. Also included in the tour is a visit to the Carson City Mint (today the Nevada State Museum) and much more. Read more …

 

Dr. Wartenberg to give a talk at VMFA
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On April 7, Executive Director Ute Wartenberg will be presenting Horses on Ancient Coins during “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art” Symposium at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: 2012.49.35, from the Collection of Archer Huntington. More…

 

Whitman Spring Expo in Baltimore, March 22–25
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The Society will be present at the Whitman Baltimore Spring Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center from March 22–25. Please be sure to stop by our table to renew your membership, review a publication, or just to say hello. More…

 

April "Money Talks," To Counterfeit Is Death
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To Counterfeit Is Death is a seldom enforced threat which is seen on many of the bills issued during our British Colonial and Confederation eras. Join Ray Williams on April 21 when he will be discussing the economic climate making paper money necessary, the counterfeiting of bills and the anti-counterfeiting measures taken, the famous (and not so famous) colonists involved with paper money. More… 

 

Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School
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Chief Curator Peter van Alfen will again be teaching for a week in July in the Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School at Koç University's AKMED center in Antalya, Turkey. Applications for the AKMED Summer School are now being accepted until April 27th. More…

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY IN REVIEW

Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art
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Beginning in the fifth century BC, Medusa became increasingly anthropomorphic and feminine, undergoing a visual transformation from grotesque to beautiful. "Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art," featuring a number of ANS coins, explores how the beautification of terrifying figures like Medusa, sirens, and other female half-human beings manifested in the idealizing humanism of Classical Greek art, and their enduring appeal in both Roman and later Western art. Open now through January 6, 2019. See More…

 

Mariangela Puglisi will be the 2018 Summer Seminar Visiting Scholar
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The ANS is pleased to announce that the Visiting Scholar for this year's Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics will be Prof. Mariangela Puglisi of the Università degli Studi de Messina. Prof. Puglisi is, among other things, a specialist in ancient coin iconography and coins found in archaeological excavations.

 

The Horse in Ancient Greek Art
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ANS coins are among the objects included in “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art” exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The show features Greek vases, sculpture, and coins that depict scenes from real-life horses pulling chariots to fantastical horses and horse-hybrids. Open now through July 8, 2018. See More…

 

A Visit from the Scuola D’Italia G. Marconi
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On February 17, students from the Scuola D’Italia G. Marconi visited the ANS. After Lucia Carbone presented an overview of the history of Roman coinage, Gilles Bransbourg discussed some relevant case studies from Imperial and Late antique coinage, and Peter van Alfen introduced them to the history of ANS and guided the group through the premises of the Society.

January 2018 E-News

UPCOMING & CURRENT EVENTS

"Money Talks" with Mark Tomasko, Bank Notes: Design to Print
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Join us on Saturday, February 3 for Bank Notes: Design to Print with Mark Tomasko. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Emma Pratte membership@numismatics.org or 212-571-4470, ext. 117. Read more...

 

The Eric P. Newman Summer Seminar is Now Accepting Applications
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With a deadline of February 23, 2018, the ANS is now accepting applications for the 64th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics to be held at the ANS in New York City from June 4–July 27, 2018. Read More...

 

NOW AVAILABLE
A Monetary History of Central America (Numismatic Studies 35)
by Brian Stickney
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A Monetary History of Central America takes a comprehensive approach to analyze the political, economic, and sociological events which influenced the evolution of coinage and medals in Central America. Read More...

 

The Arch of Titus Exhibition has been Extended
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The Arch of Titus—from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back opened on September 13 at the Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History in New York. The exhibition, originally set to close on February 1, was extended until April 5, 2018. Read More...

 

March "Money Talks", How to Read Latin on Coins
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Join us on March 10 for a “Money Talks" with Lucia Carbone. This will be the first of a set of programs within the “Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations” series, in which ANS staff will teach how to read and understand foreign inscriptions on coins, ancient and modern. No prior knowledge of Latin required. Read more…

 

The 2018 Annual Gala Dinner
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On Thursday, January 11, 2018, friends of the American Numismatic Society gathered to honor the Rosen Family with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner, held at the Harvard Club in New York City. Thank you to everyone who made the night such a success! Read More...

 

An Auction to Benefit the Society’s Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director
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The American Numismatic Society thanks Stanley DeForest Scott for the collection of beautiful coins donated to benefit the Society’s Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director. The coins were sold through live auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at the NY International Numismatic Convention. Together with the previous auction held in November, over $71,000 has been raised for this Endowment Campaign. A third group of US currency, also donated by Mr. Scott, will be sold at a forthcoming Stack’s auction. See More...

 

Various Staff Promotions at the Society
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On January 1, a number of senior appointments were made at the Society. Dr. Gilles Bransbourg, formerly Associate Curator of Roman coins, has been appointed to fill the position of Deputy Director. This senior position had been vacant since the departure of Andrew Meadows almost four years ago. Dr. Bransbourg, who holds a PhD in Roman history, came to the Society with a background in finance and management. He will oversee the financial management and membership operations, while continuing his numismatic research. Dr. Peter van Alfen, Margaret Thompson Curator of Greek Coins, has been named Chief Curator and will be in charge of all curatorial staff and collections. Dr. van Alfen joined the Society in 2002 and is a leading authority on ancient Greek coins as well as medallic art. Dr. Lucia Carbone is now Edlow Family Assistant Curator of Roman Coins; and Eshel Kreiter has joined the full-time staff in her position as Director of Development.

 

Seleucid Coins Online is Now Live
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The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of a new web-based research tool: Seleucid Coins Online (SCO). SCO aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the coinages struck by the Seleucid kings between ca. 320 BC–64 BC, from Seleucus I to Antiochus XIII. Read More...

 

The New York International Numismatic Convention
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We were pleased to greet many members and friends and welcome new members during the New York International Numismatic Convention at the Grand Hyatt Hotel which took place from January 11–13, 2018. Special thanks to Robert Hoge, Curator Emeritus, for helping at the table. Read More...

 

Columbia University at the ANS
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As part of its educational programs, the American Numismatic Society is holding a seminar for students of Columbia University. Dr Lucia Carbone, Edlow Family Assistant Curator of Roman Coins, is teaching a 14-week course, where students will learn the basics of Roman Republican coinage, handle specimens from the Society’s collection and write a research paper.

 

More than 20,000 Roman Republican Coins Added to CRRO
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In a watershed moment for Roman Republican numismatics, 20,237 coins with high-resolution IIIF images from the Bibliothèque nationale de France have been incorporated into the Nomisma.org SPARQL endpoint, and are therefore available in Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (CRRO). This nearly doubles the coverage of Republican coinage—there had previously been about 26,000 coins available through CRRO from 18 museums or archaeological databases. Read More...

 

2018 Archaeological Institute of America/Society for Classical Studies Joint Annual Meeting
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ANS Assistant Curator of Romans Coins, Lucia Carbone, and Deputy Director, Gilles Bransbourg, were participants in the 2018 Archaeological Institute of America/Society for Classical Studies Joint Annual Meeting in Boston, from January 5–7. They had been invited as respondents to a joint AIA-SCS numismatic session, “Coins and Trade: The Evidence of Long-Distance Exchange”. Read More...

 

NOW AVAILABLE
Faces of Power: Roman Gold Coins
from the Victor A. Adda Collection
edited by Haim Gitler and Gil Gambas
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Faces of Power was compiled on the occasion of the special exhibition Faces of Power at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, featuring the unique collection of Victor A. Adda. ONLY 30 COPIES AVAILABLE. Read More...

 

The 2017 Year End Appeal
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The Board of Trustees and staff of the ANS would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our members and friends who contributed to our 2017 Year End Appeal. Your support is critical to the Society and helps us continue with many important projects. We truly appreciate your commitment and show of support.

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Press Release | 2018 Annual Gala

January 2018 New York, NY for immediate release The American Numismatic Society 2018 Annual Gala Dinner On Thursday, January 11, 2018, approximately 180 friends of the American Numismatic Society gathered to honor the Rosen Family with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner, held at the Harvard Club in New York City. Thank you…
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Press Release | Seleucid Coins Online

January 2018
New York
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The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of a new 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 the coinages struck by the Seleucid kings between ca. 320 BC and 64 BC, from Seleucus I to Antiochus XIII. The current version of SCO is based on Seleucid Coins: A Comprehensive Catalogue by Arthur Houghton, Catharine Lorber, and Oliver Hoover, published in two parts in 2002 and 2008 by American Numismatic Society and Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. In total, more than 2,491 primary coin types were published in these volumes. Ultimately, SCO will provide wide access to the coins listed in the print volumes of Seleucid Coins. While the Seleucid coins in the ANS collection (some 5,129 pieces) serve as the core of the searchable catalogue, ultimately links to coins (many of which are unique) in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the British Museum, the Münzkabinett der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and many other public and private collections will be included. SCO will also stand at the cutting edge of the discipline through the inclusion of new coin types and varieties that have been recorded since 2008. SCO will be the only place where researchers can keep track of such new coins comprehensively and the expanding picture of Seleucid economic, political, and art history that they reveal. Frequent updates to the website will permit users to find and learn about new material almost at the rate at which it is discovered, thereby making SCO the most up-to-date catalogue available to students of Seleucid coinage.

In addition, the ANS is pleased to announce that another component of the HRC project, PELLA, which was launched in 2015, with the aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the coinages of the Argead kings of Macedonia, now includes over 20,000 coins from 11 different institutions. The current version of PELLA focuses on the coinages in the name of Alexander the Great and Philip Arrhidaeus. Cataloguing work on the ANS’s holdings of these coinages—nearly 11,000 examples—was recently completed and linked to PELLA substantially boosting the number of coins available for study on the website.

Accepting Applications For 2018 Seminar

With a deadline of February 23, 2018, The ANS is now accepting applications for the 64th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics to be held at the ANS in New York City from June 4 through July 27, 2018.

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 or digital project 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 Visiting Scholar will be Prof. Mariangela Puglisi of the Università degli Studi de Messina. Prof. Puglisi is, among other things, a specialist in ancient coin iconography and coins found in archaeological excavations.

Applications are due no later than February 23, 2018. 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 (212.571.4470 x153).

Donations in support of the seminar are tax deductible as allowed to organization recognized by US 501(c)(3).

December 2017 E-News


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Happy New Year!
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Thank you to all our members for your generous support throughout 2017 with best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2018.

 

Last Chance to Make a Donation in 2017!
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There are only two days left until the end of the year. Make your tax-deductible donation to the Year End Appeal today!

 

The Gala is Two Weeks away!
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The 2018 Annual Gala Dinner will take place on January 11, at the Harvard Club of New York City in honor of the Rosen family. If you are interested in coming and have not yet purchased your tickets, please visit our website for tickets, tables, advertising or call 212-571-4470, ext. 117 for more information

To those of you already showing your support to the gala, thank you!

 

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

The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the availability, by auction, of beautiful coins donated by Stanley DeForest Scott to benefit the Society’s Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director. The live auctions by Stacks Bowers Galleries will take place on January 15–16, 2018 at the NY International Numismatic Convention.

Included in 10 lots is a 19th Century German Ducat, a 16th Century British Sovereign, and a 2nd century Indian Dinar. Please visit the Stack Bowers page to view all lots and auction information.

 

The 46th New York International Numismatic Convention
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The of the 46th New York International Numismatic Convention will be held from January 12–14 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, located at 109 East 42nd Street, New York. Come visit the ANS booth in the convention lobby! Public admission is $20 for a three-day pass valid throughout the event. A $5 discount coupon valid Friday–Sunday can be printed from the NYINC website.

 

 

 

DECEMBER IN REVIEW

 

Wine & Coins
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On December 16, the ANS hosted the December Money Talks, “Wine & Coins.” Lead by Alex Conison—a wine expert whose PhD focused on the economics of the ancient Roman wine trade—and curators Lucia Carbone, David Hendin, Peter van Alfen and Gilles Bransbourg, coins of Greece, the Attalids, Rome, Judaea, and modern tokens from France, the US, and Britain were presented alongside a selection of wines linked to these locations and their ancient winemaking traditions.

 

The Later Republican Cistophori Book Signing
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On December 6 the ANS hosted a book launch for The Later Republican Cistophori by William Metcalf. The night included a few remarks on the book, a book signing, and Prof. Nathan Elkins announced that his mentor, Prof. Metcalf, would be given a Festschrift in 2018 featuring contributions from his closest friends and colleagues to honor a lifetime of numismatic scholarship.

 

The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery

The ANS has on loan six coins in The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery which opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 12, 2017. The exhibition showcases a set of 12 silver-gilt standing cups from the 16th century known collectively as the Aldobrandini Tazze, each featuring one of the 12 Caesars. Although the Tazze are among the finest and rarest examples of 16th-century European silverwork, little is known about their creation. The exhibit answers some questions about their mysterious past and presents the Tazze alongside selection of other works in silver and other media, including both ancient and Renaissance coins and medals and Renaissance prints, books, and paintings. The exhibit on now through March 11, 2018.

 

Visitors to the Cabinet
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We had a number of visitors to the ANS this month. Among them, we were visited by Richard Cacchione, the head of the Peruvian Numismatic Society (pictured), who was given a tour by the collections manager, Dr. Elena Stolyarik. Stuart Weinerman visited the ANS in connection with his research on coins, medals, and tokens that bear the Hebrew name of God. Alexandria Kotoch of the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University visited to look at possible coins to borrow for an upcoming exhibit.

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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Over 160,000 Hi-Res Images Added to Mantis

November 1, 2017
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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."