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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
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

Q&A with Boston-based collector, Alan Helms

In the past decade, the American Numismatic Society has been fortunate to acquire a number of African numismatic objects from the Boston-based collector Alan Helms. These objects are mostly produced within the last two centuries and are distinguished by their large size for objects of numismatic value. Most of the objects come from modern-day Congo,…
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Read the latest 2017 August Enews

2017 August Enews.The ANS aquires a volume of rare pamphlets from the library of Augustin Dupré, Coin World comes to visit and we receive two NLG awards! Read all about our busy month here. The American Numismatic Society E-News is a monthly news posting sent out via e-mail. It allows members and friends of the ANS to keep up to date with…
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ANS Repatriates Coins to Salzburg Museum

Press Release May 26, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY The American Numismatic Society (ANS) welcomed the Director and CEO of the Salzburg Museum, Direktor Hon.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Martin Hochleitner, Consul General of the Austrian Consulate Dr. Georg Heindl, and Dr. Peter Lecheuaŭer, an attorney representing the Salzburg Museum, to New York for the…
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The New York Review of Books

Read the review of the Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War in the New York Review of Books. The exhibition ran at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, January 27–April 9, 2017. Catalog of the exhibition was edited by Patricia Phagan and Peter van Alfen published by The American…
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ANS Twitter Followers Exceeds 5,000

Press Release May 11, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that @anscoins, the Society’s Twitter account, now has over 5,000 followers. In keeping with the mission of the ANS to promote and advance the study, research, and appreciation of numismatics, this milestone bodes well for…
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Money Talks, Alan Roche, July 15th

On Saturday, July 15, Alan Roche, the Society’s photographer, will present “The Art of Photographing Coins” as part of the Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations series. Mr. Roche will consider the various aspects involved in the production of high-resolution images of coins and banknotes. A hands-on photographic demonstration will be included. Please RSVP for the lecture…
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Read the Latest Posts from Pocket Change

Assistant Curator Lucia Carbone examines sixteen specimens of Roman Lead tokens from Hispania Baetica which are a part of  The Richard B. Witschonke Collection at the ANS.  Nine of these tokens remain unpublished. One of them is a unique piece. The identity of the man represented on the obverse, together with the function of the objects…
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