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2019 Mid-Year Appeal

  Dear Friend, The ANS is deeply grateful for your support, which has allowed us to set a pace for a very busy and productive 2019. Today I ask that you continue your generosity by making a donation to our Mid-year Appeal, so we can maintain the momentum that we have built up so far.…
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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…

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…

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...

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…

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...

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...

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…


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 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.

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.” 

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: We expect to make several hundred Greek and Roman tokens available in this new digital corpus.

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.

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...

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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Refer a Friend and get $50!

Refer a Friend and get $50! Not only will you be helping your Society, but when you introduce a friend as a new member, you will receive a $50 discount to use to purchase any ANS publication(s) costing $50 or more. Choose any book(s) you like. Contact Emma Pratte at Just be sure to…
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The Power of Money Workshop


A Columbia University & American Numismatic Society Workshop
organized by Prof. John Ma (CU) and Dr. Lucia Carbone (ANS)


Thursday, May 2, 2019 THIS LECTURE IS FULL
4:00 pm—Introductory session on Roman provincial coinage in the East with Dr. Michel Amandry 

Friday, May 3, 2019
5:30— An Event to Honor Dr. William E. Metcalf
6:30—2019 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture | Renewing Coinage by Means of Overstriking: The Case of Hadrian’s Cistophori with Dr. Michel Amandry

The Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture was established in 1998 with a bequest from Mr. Fowler and with additional gifts from the Fowler family.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Provincial Coinage and Identity with Dr. John Ma
Provincial Coinage and Administration with Dr. Michel Amandry
Provincial Coinage and Economics with Dr. Lucia Carbone


The events on May 2 and 3 will take place at the American Numismatic Society (75 Varick Street, New York, Floor 11).

The workshop on May 4 will take place at the Columbia University, Hamilton Hall, Room 618. (1130 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027)

Please contact Emma Pratte at to register.
This workshop is open to ANS members and Columbia University faculty and students.

The American Numismatic Society 2019 Annual Gala Dinner

January 28, 2019 New York, NY The American Numismatic Society 2019 Annual Gala Dinner New York, NY - 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. The…
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Money Talks | An Intro to Hellenistic Coins

An Introduction to Hellenistic Coins
with Peter van Alfen

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Members: $30
Non-members: $50

RSVP is closed - all seats are filled

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 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. Lunch will be served.

RSVP to Emma Pratte at

Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations is supported by an ANS endowment fund generously given in honor of Mr. Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli and Mrs. Elvira Clain-Stefanelli.

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The ANS Acquires the Del Bland Archive

January 28, 2019
New York, NY

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, 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.


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 (; 212-571-4470, x153).