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2019 Nominations and Governance

The Nominating and Governance Committee, pursuant to Art. V Sec. 12 of the ANS By-Laws approved for publication all of the nominees as follows: The following Trustee candidates have been nominated for a one-year to three-year term (until the relevant annual meeting of Fellows and until his or her re-election or successor shall have been…
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ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

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IAPN Book Prize for 2019
Catharine Lorber’s Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire was declared the winner of the prestigious International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) Book Prize for 2019. The prize of 1,000 Swiss Francs with a medal and a framed diploma will be presented to Dr. Lorber at a reception sponsored by the IAPN, to be held in conjunction with the ANA Convention in Chicago in August 13–17. 

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The Mid-Year Appeal is Now On!
Thanks to your unwavering loyalty and generosity, we have been able to set an ambitious pace for 2019. Highlights of recent activity are described in the 2019 Mid-Year Appeal flyer. Today we ask that you please consider making a donation to our Mid-Year Appeal so we can continue to build on the momentum we have gained so far. Click here to donate.

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HRC Umbrella Site
The ANS is pleased to announce the launch of a new online resource, Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC). A National Endowment for the Humanities funded project based at the ANS in New York City, HRC is a web-based resource for users to learn about, research, and conduct different types of statistical analyses on the coinages produced by the different dynasties and rulers of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East during the Hellenistic period (ca. 323–31 BC). These include the coins struck by (and in the name of) Alexander the Great and those struck by his successors, such as the Seleucids in the Near East and the Ptolemies in Egypt. More...

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First JEAN of 2019
The first issue of 2019 for the Journal of Early American Numismatics (JEAN) is currently being printed and will be mailed to subscribers mid-June. Articles include “John J. Ford, Jr.: A Life in Three Portraits” (Q. David Bowers), “Lion Dollars: A Collector’s Viewpoint” (Ray Williams), “The Massachusetts Pine Tree Penny: A Copper Token Struck in Boston in 1776” (Julia H. Casey), “Point/Counterpoint: John Kleeberg’s Continental Dollar” (Jeff Rock), “Research Notes Regarding the Non Dependent Status Copper Coinage” (Byron White), “Identification and Classification of an Important New Variety of the Massachusetts Silver Coinage: The Salmon 11-X Pine Tree Shilling” (Christopher J. Salmon), “Newman Sale Uncovers New Rubber Lady Family Varieties” (Kayla Schlemmer), “John Bailey’s New York City Mint” (Gary A. Trudgen), “The Spanish Colonial Mint at Potosì: A Comparative Look” (Brian Stickney), and “A Biography of Thomas Sparrow (V)” (Joseph Daragan). To subscribe, visit numismatics.org/store/cnl or call Emma Pratte at 212.571.4470 x117. 

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Upcoming “Money Talks” | Making Mexico
Join Peter Dunham on June 1 for Making Mexico: The Imagery of Nation-Building on Mexican Currency. Mexico, with its tumultuous history of political upheaval, offers an ideal laboratory in which to consider how the imagery on currency is used to help forge national identity. This lecture if offered at $30 for members and $50 for non-members. More…

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The Summer Seminar Begins on June 3!
The Eric P. Newman Summer Seminar Class of 2019 has been finalized. The ANS will welcome a group of eight students from around the world, along with the Eric P. Newman Visiting Scholar Dr. Evangeline Markou of the National Hellenic Research Foundation. They will be a part of a longstanding tradition that has offered students the opportunity to work hands-on with one of the world’s preeminent numismatic collections since 1952. 

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Upcoming "Money Talks" | Preparing your Numismatic Manuscript
Join ANS Director of Publication Andrew Reinhard for Preparing Your Numismatic Manuscript for Publication on June 22. Preparing a scholarly manuscript for publication can be daunting, and this workshop will walk you through the process. Topics will include style, formatting, bibliography and notes, preparing images for publication, image rights/permissions, academic plagiarism, peer review, the production schedule/timeline, open access, digital publication, and more. More....

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Spring Issue of the ANS Magazine is Arriving Soon!
ANS Magazine is being printed and will ship to Members at the end of June. Features include “Dr. Samuel Mackenzie Elliott and the Abolitionists of Staten Island” (Peter van Alfen), “The Olcott Collection at Columbia University and the Didactic Importance of Ancient Coin Collections” (Lucia Carbone), “Is there a Santa Claus? The Story of Seleucid Coins Online” (Oliver Hoover), and “Thomas Elder’s Letters Confirm his Crotchety Reputation” (David Hill).

MAY IN REVIEW

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2019 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture
On May 3, Dr. Michel Amandry gave the 2019 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture: Renewing Coinage by Means of Overstriking: The Case of Hadrian’s Cistophori as a part of the Power of Money worshop. The Fowler Lecture was established in 1998 with a bequest from Mr. Fowler and additional gifts from the Fowler family. Dr. Amandry’s 2019 Fowler Lecture is now available to watch on the ANS Youtube Channel.

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An Event to Honor Dr. William E. Metcalf
On Friday, May 3, the ANS honored Dr. William E. Metcalf, former ANS Chief Curator, with the presentation of a Festschrift published in his honor, Concordia Disciplinarum. Edited by Profs. Jane Evans and Nathan Elkins, with contributions by many of Metcalf’s students, colleagues, and friends, the volume is now available for purchase. 

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The Colts of Corinth Revisited: The 4th-2nd century BC Corinthian Coinage
On May 10 Dr. Lee Brice gave a talk on the mint at Corinth—despite having been one of the earliest Greek mints to strike its own silver coinage, it has remained imperfectly understood. The Colts of Corinth Revisited: The 4th-2nd century BC Corinthian Coinage is now available to watch on the ANS YouTube Channel

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A Visit to Medalcraft
On May 22, Chief Curator Peter van Alfen along with ANS Fellow George Cuhaj visited Medalcraft Mint Inc. in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to take a survey of the 100-plus tons of Medallic Art Company (MACO) dies and hubs that the ANS purchased last year as part of the MACO archives acquisition. Medalcraft owner Jerry Moran has graciously allowed the ANS to store the dies at his facility while we determine our next steps with this important material.

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The EAC Convention
Earlier this month, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg and Archivist & Librarian David Hill represented the ANS at the Early American Coppers Convention in Dayton, Ohio. The ANS was particularly pleased to be able to cohost an event at the convention honoring legendary large cent collector and researcher Del Bland. Mr. Hill spoke on Mr. Bland and his massive contribution to our knowledge of United States numismatics. More...

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The International Numismatic Congress
On May 27 and 28 the annual meeting of the International Numismatic Council took place at the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels to continue planning for the International Numismatic Congress that will take place in Warsaw, Poland, in September 2021. Among the Council members is ANS Executive Director Ute Wartenberg. Joining the Council were the editors and sub-editors, including ANS Chief Curator Peter van Alfen, of the Survey of Numismatic Research, which will be published in time for the 2021 Congress.

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Digital Archaeology and Heritage
The University of Glasgow’s departments of Classics and Archaeology invited Andrew Reinhard, ANS Director of Publications, to give a series of lectures during the week of May 12 on digital archaeology and heritage, and Classical reception in video games. Other events included a screening of the documentary Atari: Game Over, in which Reinhard was the featured archaeologist at the excavation of the Atari Burial Ground in 2014. This was followed by a Q&A about the archaeology of the Anthropocene. His residency concluded with a daylong heritage “game jam” where he and students created, played, and discussed digital and board games focused on themes of history and antiquity.


The Power of Money
Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Dr. Lucia Carbone and Prof. John Ma (Columbia University) presented a workshop entitled The Power of Money. Coinage, Identity and Power in the Greek Provinces of the Roman East (May 2–4, 2019). With special guest Dr. Michel Amandry, the very well-received workshop focused on the interactions between identity, coinage, and economics in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. More…

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David Yoon at the International Congress on Medieval Studies
On Friday, May 10, theANS sponsored a session on medieval numismatics at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Associate Curator David Yoon presented a paper entitled A Re-consideration of the Merovingian-Type Coins from the Zorita Hoard. More...

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The ANS Wishes Fritz Rudolf Künker a Happy Birthday
The American Numismatic Society and its many members wish Fritz Rudolf Künker many more happy and healthy years on his 70th birthday on May 21. As a supporter of museums, in particular the many German numismatic coin cabinets, he has done much to raise money for acquisitions and negotiate complicated transactions and thus helped extraordinary pieces enter into or return to the public domain. He and his son Ulrich work hard to bring museums, collectors and the trade together for the betterment of the field. Read Dr. Ute Wartenberg's full congratulations.

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The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new online resource, Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC)(http://numismatics.org/hrc/). A National Endowment for the Humanities funded project based at the ANS in New York City, HRC is a web-based resource for users to learn about, research, and conduct different types of statistical analyses on the coinages produced by the different dynasties and rulers of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East during the Hellenistic period (ca. 323–31 BC). These include the coins struck by (and in the name of) Alexander the Great and those struck by his successors, such as the Seleucids in the Near East and the Ptolemies in Egypt.

The new HRC website serves as a Union Catalogue of existing online resources devoted to Hellenistic coinages and allows users to search across all these sites simultaneously. These sites include: PELLA (http://numismatics.org/pella/), a resource that currently focuses on the coinage in the name of Alexander the Great; Seleucid Coins Online (http://numismatics.org/sco/), a resource devoted to the coinage of the Seleucid dynasty; and Ptolemaic Coins Online (http://numismatics.org/pco/), a resource for the coinage of the Ptolemaic dynasty. In the future we hope to add additional resources for the coinages of other Hellenistic dynasties and rulers including the Antigonid, Attalid, and Bactrian dynasties.

Currently over 31,200 individual coins from seventeen institutions are illustrated and described in the HRC catalogues. While the American Numismatic Society’s collection serves as the core of all these searchable catalogues, thousands of examples are illustrated by links to coins in other major collections including those in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the British Museum, the Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, and other public collections in the US and Europe.

ANS Executive Director Ute Wartenberg notes that “the HRC website promises to transform the way in which scholars, collectors, and others research and learn about Hellenistic Coinages.”  

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 

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An Event to Honor Dr. William E. Metcalf
On Friday, May 3, the ANS will honor Dr. William E. Metcalf, former Chief Curator, with the presentation of a Festschrift published in his honor, Concordia Disciplinarum. Edited by Profs. Jane Evans and Nathan Elkins, with contributions by many of Metcalf’s students, colleagues, and friends, the volume will be available for purchase and signing by the editors and honoree. More...


The Power of Money
This week, ANS Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Dr. Lucia Carbone and Prof. John Ma (Columbia University) will present a workshop entitled The Power of Money. Coinage, Identity and Power in the Greek Provinces of the Roman East (May 2–4, 2019). With special guest Dr. Michel Amandry, the workshop focuses on the interactions between identity, coinage, and economics in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. More…

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EAC and ANS Honor Del Bland
On Friday, May 3, at the Early American Coppers (EAC) Convention in Dayton, Ohio, EAC and ANS will host a get-together to allow the many friends and colleagues of the late Del Bland to remember, celebrate, and honor this extraordinary man. Deputy Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg will be in attendance and ANS Archivist and Librarian David Hill will be giving a talk on Bland and his work. More…

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Upcoming Lecture: The Colts of Corinth Revisited: The 4th-2nd century BC Corinthian Coinage
Join Dr. Lee Brice on May 10 for The Colts of Corinth Revisited. Despite having been one of the earliest Greek mints to strike its own silver coinage, the mint at Corinth has remained imperfectly understood. In particular, we lack a relative chronology for the coin series in Ravel Period V and the absolute chronology has been in doubt. This talk will present the results of a die study of Corinth Periods V and VI coinage. More...

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Roman Republican Die Project
The Roman Republican Die Project by Dr. Lucia Carbone (ANS) and Prof. Liv Yarrow (Brooklyn College, CUNY) aims at providing a precise quantification of the monetary production under the Roman Republic. First they will undertake the digital preservation of Richard Schaefer’s archive of Roman Republican die studies. Then a post-doctoral fellow, under the supervision of Dr. Carbone, will create spreadsheets from the scanned images, in order to create a database which will be linked to the already existing CRRO (Coinage of the Roman Republic Online) and CHRR (Coin Hoards of the Roman Republic). The first two parts of this project have been generously funded by the Arete Foundation. More…

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Upcoming Lecture: Imagining America: Native American Icons and National Identity on Early American Coins
Join Dr. Peter Dunham at the ANS on May 31 for Imagining America. Money is not just a medium of exchange but also a vehicle for transmitting ethnic and political messages. The imagery on currency is often employed to help build national identities. In the wake of independence, depictions of Native Americans were frequently used on coins throughout the Americas to distinguish emerging national identities from those of former imperial overlords. More...

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David Yoon at the International Congress on Medieval Studies
On Friday, May 10, there will be an ANS-sponsored session on medieval numismatics at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Associate Curator David Yoon will be presenting a paper entitled A Re-consideration of the Merovingian-Type Coins from the Zorita Hoard. More...

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Loan to the Heritage Museum & Gardens
An exhibition in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Heritage Museum & Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts will display a number of ANS coins. This exhibit is in memory of J.K. Lilly, Jr.—the founder of the Heritage Museum—and the coins on loan are similar to those in his collection and will be displayed alongside pieces from it. Open now though October 2019. More…

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Upcoming “Money Talks” | Making Mexico
Join Peter Dunham on June 1 for Making Mexico: The Imagery of Nation-Building on Mexican Currency. Mexico, with its tumultuous history of political upheaval, offers an ideal laboratory in which to consider how the imagery on currency is used to help forge national identity. This lecture if offered at $30 for members and $50 for non-members.  More…

MARCH IN REVIEW

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Digitization Conversation
Director of Data Science Ethan Gruber attended the Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference in Krakow, Poland on 24-26 April, where he presented a paper Ten Years of Nomisma.org: Past, Present, and Future in a roundtable session entitled Recent Developments in Digital Numismatics – Breaking Down Barriers, chaired by Mr. Gruber, Karsten Tolle, and David Wigg-Wolf. He also presented a poster for Kerameikos.organ NEH-funded project for Greek pottery Linked Open Data with colleagues from the University of Virginia and University of Mary Washington.

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April “Money Talks”
ANS Board President Sydney Martin gave the April “Money Talks” lecture to a packed house. He discussed what many early American coin collectors fail to recognize: that from 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.” 

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The University of Warwick and Numishare
The University of Warwick is using the Numishare platform to publish Tokens of the Ancient Mediterranean project, directed by Prof. Clare Rowan. Although still in the prototype phase, one ANS Roman token has been linked to this new typology thus far: http://numismatics.org/collection/2000.26.1. We expect to make several hundred Greek and Roman tokens available in this new digital corpus.

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April School Visits
On April 12 a group of twelve eleventh graders from Saint Peter's Preparatory School (Jersey City, NJ) visited the ANS. The students were accompanied by their Latin teacher. After presenting an overview of the history of Roman Coinage, Dr. Lucia Carbone, Assistant Curator of Roman Coins introduced the students to the history of ANS and guided the group through the premises of the Society.

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Don’t Forget your $50!
When you refer a friend to the ANS, you are entitled to $50 off a purchase of any ANS publication—for example, you can subscribe to the JEAN for $10! If you have welcomed someone into the Society since May 2018, please contact Emma in our membership office with their name and when they joined to get your $50 off! More...

Announcing Roman Republican Die Project

This project, undertaken by Dr. Lucia Carbone (ANS) and Prof. Liv Yarrow (Brooklyn College, CUNY) aims at providing a precise quantification of the monetary production under the Roman Republic. The first two parts of this project have been generously funded by the Arete Foundation. The first part of the project consists of the digital preservation of Richard…
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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

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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

January 25, 2019 New York FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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…
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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).