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Money Talks, “Bar Kokhba Revolt: Secrets of the Coins”

Money Talks, “Bar Kokhba Revolt: Secrets of the Coins”
Bar Kokhba was a rebel Jewish leader in Judaea who led a revolt against Hadrian and the Roman troops from 132–135 CE. His coins differed in many respects from the Judean coins that preceded them—depicting the Jerusalem Temple, which had been destroyed in 70 CE, and many elements of Jewish worship. On Saturday, May 22, ANS Vice President and Adjunct Curator David Hendin will discuss these coins and place them into their context as the last ancient Judean coins. More…

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COAC 2021: Call for papers
The ANS is proud to announce the reintroduction of the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC). The conference, set for September 2021, will feature presentations and papers related to famed sculptor Victor David Brenner for the 150th anniversary of his birth. Submit paper proposals to Dr. Jesse Kraft at jkraft@numismatics.org by July 1. More…

The ANS Lyceum: The Coins of Rome
The first ANS Lyceum course will be wrapping up on May 5 and the next course is already full! The second course will be led by Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg and Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone. Each Wednesday from May 19–June 30, participants will learn about the numismatic objects, economic history, and culture of Rome. More… 

CoinWorld's 60 most influential people in numismatics

CoinWorld’s 60 most influential people
In celebration of their 60th year, CoinWorld has published a list of the 60 most influential people in numismatics in the past 60 years—those who have made the biggest impact on hobby of coin collecting. ANS President Dr. Ute Wartenberg made the list, along with ANS Trustee Beth Deisher, and many ANS members. Read the list.

New book on the ebay store

New to the ANS Ebay Store
In addition to tokens, medals, and coins on the ANS ebay store, you can also find great deals on numismatic publications. Books from the late- to early-19th century often sell in the $10-$40 range. This week’s offerings (ending Monday, May 3) include a three-volume set on British army medals (1861), a newer book on Byzantine coins (1999), and perhaps the highlight, Albert Gallatin’s Syracusan Dekadrachms of the Euainetos Type. All bidding starts at $1. Visit the ANS ebay store.

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Fifth Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School
The AKMED Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School, an intensive program taught by Dr. Peter van Alfen and Professor Dr. Oğuz Tekin of Koç University AKMED, will be virtual this year. It will offer a broad chronological survey of monetary history and numismatics from Ancient to Byzantine period (c. 650 BC-AD 1453). Apply by June 6. More…

Mark Salton's donation to the ANS library

Mark Salton Archives in the ANS Library
Thanks to the efforts of ANS life fellow Dr. Ira Rezak, the ANS Library and Archives has acquired Mark Salton’s papers and annotated auction catalogs. Dating from the 1940s to his death in 2006, the acquisition includes fascinating documents ranging from those relating to his efforts in recovering his father’s belongs that were taken by the Nazis, to correspondence with the Dutch dealer Jacques Schulman, to Mark’s scholarly research, including a copy of his master’s thesis, The Financing of the Italian South (1966).

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May Long Tables
We will have two outside curators in May—Curator of the John Max Wulfing Collection of Ancient Coins and Related Objects at Washington University in St. Louis Prof. William S. Bubelis and Assistant Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Dr. Laure Marest. Later in the month, Saltus Award Winner Mashiko will tell us about her artistic process and the curation of medallic arts. Lastly, ANS Director of Data Science Ethan GruberDr. Courtney Nimura, and Dr. John Talbot will discuss the Iron Age Coins in Britain—a new Nomisma database of coins found in Britain from early to mid-2nd century BCE through the 1st century AD.

April in Review

Gilles Bransbourg, John Kroll, Andrew Meadows and Liv Yarrow

Using Coins as Sources: A Panel Discussion
ANS Executive Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg hosted a virtual panel that discussed the Guides to the Coinage of the Ancient World series, co-published by the ANS and Cambridge University Press. Panelists ANS Fellow Dr. John Kroll and ANS members Dr. Andrew Meadows and Dr. Liv Yarrow discussed what coins can tell us and how the field of numismatics is developing.

Opening Slide of Dr. Carbone's NYNC Presentation

Lucia Carbone speaks to the New York Numismatic Club
On April 9 Dr. Lucia Carbone, Assistant Curator of Roman Coins, delivered a speech titled Hidden Power: Late Cistophoric Production in the Provincia Asia at the New York Numismatic Club. Dr. Carbone discussed her recent monograph on the same topic and the relationship between cistophoric production and Roman taxation in first century BC Asia (modern Turkey). 

Peter van Alfen giving a Money Talks

April Money Talks
In “Scenes from an Exposition: Columbus, Coins, Ships and Controversy in 1890s America,” Peter van Alfen explored the origins of the Columbian Exposition, Columbus’ popularity in 19th century America (and subsequent downfall in the 20th), the ANS’s vast holdings of coins, medals, and tokens from the fair, and the disputes between artists and officials over the production of some items.

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April Long Tables
Our outside curator for April was Dr. Julien Olivier from Bibliothèque nationale de France, who spoke on their Ptolemaic collection. Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg presented on the French franc, Oliver Hoover told “Seleucid Ghost Stories,” and ANS President Ute Wartenberg spoke with David Tripp about the fascinating tale of the double eagle. See all past Long Tables.

 

Friday, May 7
1:00 pm EST

The Greek and Roman collection of the MFA includes about 8,000 coins and related objects, making it one of the most important numismatic collections in an American art museum. Started in the very first years of the museum’s foundation, it was formed by well-known and intriguing figures such as General Luigi Palma di Cesnola, Edward Perry Warren, and Theodora Wilbour, and was shaped by later curators such as Cornelius Vermeule. Since the 2012 opening of the Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins, the only dedicated numismatic gallery in an American art museum, the MFA has been striving to make the entire collection accessible online and integrated with online search tools. Join Dr. Laure Marest, Cornelius and Emily Vermeule Assistant Curator of Greek and Roman Art, as she discusses the history and scope of the collection, display and interpretative efforts, and recent digital accomplishments.

Past Long Table sessions

ANS Lyceum


The ANS Lyceum is an online educational offering from the American Numismatic Society. Over several weeks, participants have the opportunity to engage in interactive lectures and discussion sessions with ANS curators who introduce the numismatic objects, economic history, and cultures of people from around the world and from different periods of history. Space is limited and registration will close when 40 participants have enrolled. The ANS Lyceum is open to all with no prior knowledge of numismatics or history required or expected. See full Press Release.

Wednesdays,
12:30–2:00 pm (EST)

$100 for ANS Members
$250 for non-members

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Scholarships are available for students

May 19–June 30

Coins of Rome

with Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg
& Assistant Curator Lucia Carbone

May 19—The Dawn of Roman Coinage (–91 BCE) 
May 26—Social War and Imperatores (90–27 BCE) 
June 2—Coinage in the Roman Provinces before RPC (150–50 BCE) 
June 9—Roman Provincial Coinage (50 BCE–298 CE) 
June 16—Augustus and the Early Empire (27 BCE–192 CE)
June 23—Crime and Punishment (193-301 CE)
June 30—The Golden Age (301-494 CE)

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Contact Austin Andrews at aandrews@numismatics.org with questions.


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March 31–May 5

Coins from the Archaic to Hellenistic periods 

with ANS Chief Curator Peter van Alfen

Registration for this course is now closed.

March 31—Ancient Mints and Minting Technology
April 7—The Lydian Kingdom and the Earliest Electrum Coins
April 14—Archaic and Classical Greek Coins
April 21—Coinages of the Persian Empire
April 28—Hellenistic Royal Coinages
May 5—Hellenistic Civic Coinages

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Money Talks
Scenes from an Exposition: Columbus, Coins, Ships and Controversy in 1890s America

with Peter van Alfen

April 24, 2021
1:00 pm ET

In recent years Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day have become quite controversial, to such an extent, in fact, that throughout much of 2020 barricades were set up around Columbus Circle in New York City to protect the monument from vandalism, while the explorer’s statue in Central Park had 24/7 police protection. Undoubtedly, the height of Columbus’ esteem in the US was in 1892-93, the years the Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago, organized ostensibly to celebrate Columbus’ landfall in the Caribbean 400 years before, but really a stupendous display of fin de siècle art, architecture, and technology. This Money Talks will explore the origins of the Exposition and Columbus’ popularity in 19th century America (and subsequent downfall in the 20th), the ANS’s vast holdings of coins, medals, and tokens from the fair and the disputes between artists and officials over the production of some items. Also discussed will be material associated with the often overlooked New York City Columbian Celebration and Naval Review that kicked off the festivities and placated New Yorkers to some degree for their loss to Chicago for the honor of hosting the Exposition.    

The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire ... exhibited 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Coinage of the Roman Provinces before Provincial Coinage
The Richard B. Witschonke Collection

March 23–25, 2021

Co-sponsored by the American Numismatic Society and the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Register by March 22

This three-day conference, co-sponsored by the ANS and the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, will feature contributions by the foremost scholars in the field. The papers will offer a numismatic and historical overview of each region represented by the coins in the R. B. Witschonke Collection.

It may come as a surprise to learn that as the Romans came to dominate the Mediterranean world, they ruled most of it without imposing their own coinage. Yet this was typical of the Romans’ pragmatic attitude to imperialism, and their tendency to retain any existing forms of effective organization in newly conquered territories. Indeed, it is now generally recognized that we should not talk of “the Roman economy” as a single phenomenon. Instead we should conceive of it as a group of substantially separate regional economies that were yet strongly interconnected through tribute payments and the movements of armies and goods. Although payment in kind played an important role in the Roman world, coinage was still paramount in transactions between the provinces and Rome. To understand those interactions, it is thus important to research the manifold ways in which local coinages converged, at least partly, to create compatible monetary systems across the Roman Empire. 

The Roman Provincial Coinage series offers an incomparable tool for the study of the coinages issued in the Roman provinces and client kingdoms from the age of the Civil Wars onward, but does not include the local production in those regions in the preceding decades. The 4,000 coins included in the R. B. Witschonke Collection at the ANS, mainly dating from the second and the first century BCE, provide the prologue to the study of Roman Provincial coinage. Most of the specimens are of great historical and numismatic value, as they illustrate the gradual transition from distinct to compatible monetary systems in the Mediterranean basin. While exhibiting an extraordinary variety in appearance and weight, the coins of the collection tell the tale of a partial convergence toward the Roman monetary system before the inception of the so-called Roman Provincial coinage in the second half of the first century BCE. The ways in which this convergence took place are manifold, spanning from imitations of Roman Republican denarii from Romania and Gaul to the lead tokens of Spain, from Aesillas’ tetradrachms in Macedonia to the Romano-Sicilian coins in Sicily, local coinages and pseudo-mints in Central and Southern Italy. The collection thus offers a unique overview of the diverse ways in which the monetary systems of the Mediterranean basin responded to the Roman conquest in the second and early first century BCE and to the related necessity of interconnectivity. 

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Speakers

Michel Amandry (BnF)

François de Callataÿ (Royal Library of Belgium, Free University of Brussels)

Federico Carbone (Università di Salerno)

Phil Davis (Independent Researcher)

Claude Eilers (McMaster University)

Suzanne Frey-Kupper (Warwick University)

Hale Guney (AIAS, Aarhus University)

David Hendin (ANS)

Sophia Kremydi (KERA, IHR, NHRF)

Andrew McCabe (Independent Researcher)

Andrew Meadows (Oxford University)

Annalisa Polosa (Sapienza Università di Roma)

Pere Pau Ripollés (Universitat de València)

Clive Stannard (Warwick University)

Euan Wall (INHA)

Organizers

Lucia F. Carbone (ANS)

Oliver D. Hoover (ANS)

Liv M. Yarrow (Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, CUNY)

Schedule

March 23

Chair: Andrew Meadows

Coinage in the Roman Provinces before RPC: introductory remarks

8:15–8:45 am EST Welcome and opening remarks (Gilles Bransbourg, ANS Executive Director)

8:45–9:30 am EST Hidden power indeed: the surrogate coinages used by the Romans in Greece and Asia Minor (François de Callataÿ)

Roman influence on late Hellenistic coinages in the East

9:45–10:30 am EST Cistophoric Mysteries Solved: The Contribution of the R.B.Witschonke Collection (Lucia F. Carbone)

10:30–11:15 am EST Philippica (Oliver D. Hoover)

11:30 am–12:15 pm EST Some Cilician coins from R.B. Witschonke Collection at the ANS (Annalisa Polosa)

12:45–1:30 pm EST Coins of Samaria and the Decapolis (David Hendin)

Highlights of the first conference's first day

March 24

Chair: Pere Pau Ripollès

Roman Magistrates on coinages issued in the Provinces of the Roman Empire

8:15–9:00 am EST Some remarks on the Roman monetary economy in Bithynia in the light of new evidence from R. B Witschonke Collection (Hale Güney)

9:15–10:00 am EST A Proconsular Bronze and the End of Atarneus (Claude Eilers)

10:00–10:45 am EST Macedonia and Thrace from the Roman invasion to the time of Augustus: the contribution of the RBW coin collection (Sophia Kremydi)

11:00–11:45 am EST Romano-Sicilian coins and other coinages of Sicily issued under Roman rule, a mirror of the formation and transformation of Rome’s first province: RBW’s legacy (Suzanne Frey-Kupper)

12:00 pm–12:45 pm EST The Coinage of Copia in the RBW Collection (Euan Wall)

Highlights of the first conference's second day

March 25

Chair: Joel Allen & Liv Yarrow

Coinages issued under the Romans in the Western Provinces

8:15–9:00 am EST The Roman Struck Bronze Coinage of Luceria and Canusium (Andrew McCabe)

9:15–10:00 am EST Small Change in Roman Republican Coinage (Liv M. Yarrow)

10:00–10:45 am EST The impact of Roman Republican Coinage on Spanish local issues. The unofficial imitations (Pere Pau Ripollès)

11:00–11:45 am EST Two Denarius Imitations in the the RBW Collection (Phil Davis)

11:45 am–12:30 pm EST Magistrates and citizens: the coinage of Paestum in  the RBW Collection (Federico Carbone)

12:45–1:30 pm EST Non-state coinages of Republican Italy (Clive Stannard)

1:30–2:00 pm EST Final Remarks and Comments

Highlights of the first conference's third day

Press Release: Coinage of the Roman Provinces before Provincial Coinage

February 24, 2021New York, NYFor immediate Release The American Numismatic Society announces a three-day conference, co-sponsored by the ANS and the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, on the Coinage of the Roman Provinces before Provincial Coinage, as  represented by the coins in the R. B. Witschonke Collection.  Dates:March 23-25, 2021 Organizers:Lucia…
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