Category Archives: News

June 2018 E-News

 Upcoming + Current Events

PtolemaicCoversNew Publication! Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire

The long-awaited Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire by Catharine C. Lorber is at the printer and will begin shipping to readers on August 1. This massive achievement in numismatics is presented as a two-volume set—one volume for precious metal and the other for bronze. Each volume contains text and plates featuring the coinage of Ptolemies I–IV. Pre-ordering is now available.

 
MYA
We're Almost There!

We have almost reached our goal for the 2018 Mid-Year Appeal! Click here to see what your past support has enabled us to do so far this year and please consider donating to help us reach our goal today! Donate.


stsalvatorsquadrangle-2
Roman coinage, a GDP proxy?

On July 6, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbrourg will present a lecture, “Roman coinage, a GDP proxy?” at “The Uncertain Past: Probability and Other Approaches to Historical Uncertainty” conference to be held at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. More…


MedialiaGalleryAnnouncement_2018_05_a.indd
Ophthalmologia Optica et Vision in Nummis II

“Ophthalmologia Optica et Vision in Nummis II” at The New Approach Contemporary Medallic Art Research Center in the Medialia Art Gallery is on display through July 28. The exhibition features works from the collections of ANS Fellow Dr. Jay M. Galst and Honorary Life Fellow Dr. Ira Rezak with contemporary medals by international artists. More...


960_qukve34bzzcrz7sqbek7
2018 World's Fair of Money

From August 14-18, our Executive Director Ute Wartenberg and members of the ANS staff will represent the Society at the 2018 World’s Fair of Money, held by the ANA in Philadelphia. Members are welcome to stop by booth #1426 and visit. More…


AKMED_YazOkuluAfisENG.26-e1519652028463
Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School

July 2 – July 14 our Chief Curator Peter van Alfen, along with Professor Oğuz Tekin of Koç University AKMED, will again be hosting the Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School at Koç University's AKMED center in Antalya, Turkey. The program will cover the basics of numismatics as well as offer an introduction to the rich contribution of numismatics to the economic and monetary history of the Ancient and Byzantine worlds. More...


maxresdefault
ABSS Trip to Nevada

The importance of Nevada to American numismatics—and American history—can hardly be overstated. It was there in the hills near Virginia City and Carson City, in 1859, that prospectors uncovered the richest deposit of silver and gold ever found in the United States. Members of the Augustus B. Sage Society will be visiting Nevada in September to see the sites and meet with resident numismatic and mining experts. More Information + Full Itinerary…


mhs+banner
Dr. Alan Stahl to Speak on Medals

The Medal Collectors of America and the Massachusetts Historical Society will be hosting a conference titled “Art and Memory: The Role of Medals” at the society’s headquarters in Boston on Saturday, Nov. 10. Dr. Alan Stahl, Princeton University’s Curator of Numismatics and former longtime curator at the American Numismatic Society, will speak on the role of medals in American history. More...


30689u (1)
July “Money Talks” | A Numismatic Walking Tour

On July 14, we will be hosting a unique “Money Talks”— Monuments, Medals, Metropolis: A Numismatic Walking Tour Of Lower Manhattan. Over the years, Peter van Alfen has developed a walking tour that vividly illustrates the many connections between numismatic and medallic art of 20th century and the architectural and free standing sculpture found throughout lower Manhattan. The lecture is currently full but please contact us to get on the waitlist. More…

June in Review

97436-050-219B2C92
The Getty Villa

After three years of work, the galleries of the Villa were reopened with an entirely new arrangement of the collection, offering a new journey through ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art in its cultural and historical context. The ANS is pleased to be part of such an exquisite exposition. Ute Wartenberg, along with with other members of the ANS staff, worked closely with the Getty’s Senior Curator of Antiquities, Dr. Jeffrey Spier, to select ANS coins for display. Thirty-three objects from the Society’s Greek and Roman collections were incorporated into the exhibition. More…

IMG_8049The 2018 Summer Seminar

The Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics has begun this month. With the help of visiting scholar Prof. Mariangela Puglisi from the University of Messina, the curatorial staff has been keeping the students busy with daily lectures and hands-on workshops. 

5D3_7835The 2018 Fowler Lecture

By Stanford University, Prof. Walter Scheidel gave the 2018 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture, "The Great Alternative?" on June 12. The lecture discussed how the ancient world produced two major independent traditions of coinage: one in the Aegean and the other in early China. Watch the full lecture here.

Boldre-lab-excavation.-Photo-courtesy-the-Portable-Antiquities-Scheme.
The Boldre Hoard Remains Intact

ANS member and former Trustee, Richard Beleson recently travelled more than 3,000 miles to see the Boldre Hoard displayed in the St. Barbe Museum in Lymington, Hampshire, England. In 2014, the hoard—1,608 third century coins dating back to AD 249—was found in situ within a Romano-British pottery vessel. A campaign began to prevent the hoard from being split up and Mr. Beleson generously offered to match donations from the people of Lymington, contributing almost a third of the campaign’s goal. The collection has remained intact and is now on display less than two miles from where it was found. More...

BSR-Logo-1024x443 copyThe Political Logic of Mediterranean Landscapes

On June 28, Associate Curator David Yoon presented a paper in the conference "The Political Logic of Mediterranean Landscapes" in Rome, Italy, hosted by the University of Notre Dame's Rome Global Gateway and the British School at Rome. More…

35053467_1912693058750067_7048747824791420928_nAndrew Reinhard’s First Book

Andrew Reinhard, our Director of Publications, has himself been published. Archaeogaming: An Introduction to Archaeology in and of Video Games (Berghahn Books, June 2018) is Reinhard’s first book and focuses on the intersection of archaeology and video games, treating them as artifacts of modern material culture while also exploring what it means to be an archaeologist in digital spaces. Learn more about the book. Use discount code REI731 to save 25%. Hardcover, paperback, and ebook editions are available.

Alan's Money TalksJune “Money Talks” | The Art of Photographing Coins

On June 16, our Photographer Alan Roche, presented “The Art of Photographing Coins.” He showed the group various aspects involved in the production of high-resolution images of coins and banknotes. Through hands-on photographic demonstrations, Mr. Roche showed the group how to photograph their coins like a pro.

IMG_7ff768Celebrating Garfield Miller's 70th Birthday

On June 29, the ANS celebrated the birthday of our longest-serving staff member—Mr. Garfield Miller. He has been with the ANS since 1980 and we wish him all the best in this milestone year to come. Happy Birthday, Garfield!

May 2018 E-News


UPCOMING EVENTS

The 2018 Fowler Lecture
thumb

The 2018 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture, The Great Alternative?, will be presented by Prof. Walter Scheidel, on June 12. The lecture will discuss how the ancient world produced two major independent traditions of coinage: one in the Aegean and the other in early China. More

 

Upcoming "Money Talks" | The Art of Photographing Coins
Money talks

On June 16, Alan Roche, the Society’s photographer, will present “The Art of Photographing Coins.” Roche will consider the various aspects involved in the production of high-resolution images of coins and banknotes. A hands-on photographic demonstration will show how you can photograph your own coins like a pro. More…

 

Journal of Early American Numismatics
JEAN

The inaugural issue of the Journal of Early American Numismatics (JEAN) will ship to subscribers in early July. It will replace The Colonial Newsletter. Edited by Christopher McDowell, the 240-page journal includes five articles: “Fiscal Paper and the Financing of the Revolutionary War: The Link between Speculation in Public Securities and Connecticut Coppers” (Christopher McDowell), “(Re-)Discovery: Yale’s Second and Third Noe II-A New England Shillings” (B. D. R. Hellings), “The Evolution of Spanish Colonial Coinage and its Influence on the United States” (Brian Stickney), “Higley Tokens: The Value of Three Pence” (Joseph Daragan), “The Mysterious Auctori Plebis Tokens” (Jeff Rock). New subscribers are always welcome, and the ANS encourages readers of the new journal to recommend it to their libraries. To subscribe (or to renew a subscription), contact Emma Pratte, ANS Membership Assistant, at 212.571.4470 x117, or membership@numismatics.org. Subscriptions are US $60.00 (two issues/year).

2018 Mid-Year Appeal
mys

Things that bring you joy: summertime and numismatics. Before you head out for that summer holiday, consider giving to the ANS Mid-Year Appeal! You can vacation peacefully knowing that your donation will help the Society to continue to promote and advance the study, research, and appreciation of numismatics. More… 

 

July "Money Talks" | A Numismatic Walking Tour
30689u (1)

On July 14, we will be hosting a unique “Money Talks”— Monuments, Medals, Metropolis: A Numismatic Walking Tour Of Lower Manhattan. Over the years, Chief Curator Peter van Alfen has developed a walking tour that illustrates the many connections between numismatic and medallic art of the 20th century and the architectural and free standing sculpture found throughout lower Manhattan. More…

 

Point your coin-loving friends our way!
default-hyh]

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. Just be sure to tell us who your friend is, and we will apply the discount to your purchase.

 

The second ANS Magazine of 2018 will be out soon!
2018 v2.2

Issue 2 of the ANS Magazine is at the printer and will ship to Members in June. Articles include “Giovanni Dattari and His Fabled Collection of Alexandrian Coins” (Lucia Carbone), “Notes on a Numismatic Manuscript from the Trivulzio collection in the ANS Library” (Hadrien J. Rambach), “The Archaeological Excavations at the Ancient Town of Akrai in Southeastern Sicily” (Roksana Chowaniec and Tomasz Więcek), plus news of the library and collections, book reviews, and an obituary for Stephen H. Corn. Magazine subscribers will also receive our new ANS Publications catalogue.

 

2018 World's Fair of Money
960_qukve34bzzcrz7sqbek7

From August 14–18, Ute Wartenberg and members of the ANS staff will represent the Society at the 2018 World’s Fair of Money, held by the ANA in Philadelphia. Members are welcome to stop by the table and visit. If you would like to volunteer to help, let us know! More…

 

 

MAY IN REVIEW

The 2018 Saltus Award
_8008565EditedSquare

Dutch artist Geer Steyn became the fifty-seventh recipient of the J. Sanford Saltus Award for excellence in medallic art at the biannual conference of the International Art Medal Federation (FIDEM) in Ottawa, Ontario on May 29, 2018. Donald Scarinci, Chairman of the Saltus Award Committee of the American Numismatic Society presented the award at the American Delegation reception in the Canadian Museum of Nature. More...

 

Philodoroi: Friends of Greek and Roman Art from the Met
ANS Peter Sean Paul

On May 1, ANS staff including Ute Wartenberg, Peter van Alfen, Gilles Bransbourg, and David Hill, and welcomed the Philodoroi: Friends of Greek and Roman Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a special behind-the-scenes tour of the ANS library and special collections and the curatorial section.

 

The Arete Award to Prof. Roger Bagnall
33487200_173499676672708_3842507304708603904_n

The Paideia Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and spread the teaching of Latin and ancient Greek language and classical culture, has collaborated with the ANS on a number of projects. Representatives of the ANS attended the Paideia Institute’s first annual Benefit Dinner on May 14, where the Arete Award was presented to Leon Levy Director Emeritus and former ANS Vice President and Trustee Roger Bagnall in honor of his “long career of teaching, scholarship, and institutional leadership devoted to the study of the ancient world.” Joining this celebration were Lucia Carbone, Ute Wartenberg, Gilles Bransbourg, Mary and Kenneth Edlow, and Sebastian Heath. More…

 

May "Money Talks" | Reading Arabic on Coins
MT05

On May 12, Jere L. Bacharach gave a presentation in our series "Money Talks" where participants learned how to identify different Islamic coins without knowing a word of Arabic. Jere L. Bacharach, Professor Emeritus of Middle East History at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has been a member of the ANS since 1966 and has served as an ANS Trustee.

 

7th Annual European Coin Find Network/Nomisma.org Meeting
Nomisma-EFCN

Director of Data Science Ethan Gruber attended the 7th annual European Coin Find Network / Nomisma.org meeting in Valencia, Spain from May 3-5. He led a workshop on using OpenRefine, an open source software application for cleaning data, with a specific focus on linking coins to Nomisma.org IDs and Roman imperial coin types in Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE). He also presented on the ANS' recent advancements in high-resolution image publishing and our eventual annotation of Greek monograms on these images. More...

 

Coin Circulation in the Ancient Greek World
33216221_392670671214785_717725258915774464_o

May 17–18, Lucia Carbone, Peter van Alfen, and Gilles Bransbourg presented papers at the Coin Circulation in the Ancient Greek World: Mapping and Networks conference at the University of Chicago in Paris. Organized by Prof. Alain Bresson, the conference focused on various aspects of coinage circulation in the Greek world from the Classic to the Roman period. More...

 

A Visit from Dwight School
IMG_7622 copy

As part of the Society’s outreach program to schools, on May 29, the ANS welcomed a group of 30 third-graders from Dwight School. The students learned about the nature of money as a medium of exchange with Peter van Alfen. Gilles Bransbourg introduced them to concepts such as the gold standard, paper money, and inflation. Lucia Carbone challenged the students’ knowledge with an ad hoc quiz, focusing on the topics discussed earlier in the morning. They were show a variety of examples ranging from African cowrie shells, ancient Roman coins to the Zimbabwean 100,000,000,000,000 bill.

The Endowment for the Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Numismatics

The Endowment for the Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Numismatics The American Numismatic Society is currently raising money to endow the curator position for Medieval and Renaissance numismatics. Originally begun with a significant gift from ANS Fellow Dr. Howard Minners in 2014, the fund now stands at more than $440,000. You can help us meet…
Read more

2018 Mid-Year Appeal

Dear Friends, In the past month, as much-delayed spring warmth finally settled over New York, we have been witnessing a sudden increase in the number of friends visiting us here at our headquarters. So much activity adds to the excitement of this time of year and fills us with hope, especially when we anticipate your…
Read more

Press Release | 2018 Saltus Award

May 31, 2018 New York for immediate release Geer Steyn Receives the 2018  J. Sanford Saltus Award Dutch artist Geer Steyn became the fifty-seventh recipient of the J. Sanford Saltus Award for excellence in medallic art at the biannual conference of the International Art Medal Federation (FIDEM) in Ottawa, Ontario on May 29, 2018. Donald…
Read more

Press Release | 2018 Fowler Lecture

May 10, 2018 New York, NY for immediate release The American Numismatic Society Announces 2018 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture Presenter, Professor Walter Scheidel The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is delighted to announce that the 2018 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture will be presented by Walter Scheidel, Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics…
Read more

Money Talks | The Art of Photographing Coins

THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHING COINS PART II
with Alan Roche

June 16, 2018  | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

 Alan Roche, the Society’s photographer, will present “The Art of Photographing Coins’. Roche will consider the various aspects involved in the production of high-resolution images of coins and banknotes. A hands-on photographic demonstration will show how you can photograph your own coins like a pro.

The event will start at 1:00 with lunch, the talk will begin at 2:00, followed by Q & A.
Space is limited. Please RSVP to Emma Pratte at membership@numismatics.org or 212-571-4470, ext. 117.

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

April 2018 E-News

2018 April E-News


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming "Money Talks," Reading Arabic on Coins
Arabiconcoins

On May 12, Jere L. Bacharach, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington and ANS Fellow, will give a presentation in the sub-series of "Money Talks" where participants learn 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…

 

2017 + 2018 Saltus Award Winners Announced
saltus award

The Board of Trustees of the American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 and 2018 J. Sanford Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal. After due consideration, the Committee selected Bogomil Nikolov of Bulgaria to receive the 2017 Saltus Award, and Geer Steyn of the Netherlands to receive the 2018 Saltus Award. More…

 

Coin Circulation in the Ancient Greek World
Screen Shot 2018-04-30 at 11.47.45 AM

May 17–18, Lucia Carbone, Peter van Alfen, and Gilles Bransbourg will be speaking at the Coin Circulation in the Ancient Greek World: Mapping and Networks conference at University of Chicago in Paris. Organized by Alain Bresson, the conference will focus on various aspects of coinage circulation in the Greek world from the Classic to the Roman period. More...

 

The Art of Photographing Coins
alanmoneytalks

On June 16 Alan Roche, the Society’s photographer, will present “The Art of Photographing Coins.” Roche will consider the various aspects involved in the production of high-resolution images of coins and banknotes. A hands-on photographic demonstration will show how you can photograph your own coins like a pro. More...

 

May Book Sale!
IMG_7412

’Tis the season for spring cleaning, and the ANS is making a number of older (and very early) titles available for purchase at a considerable discount. Complete your collections with new volumes of AJNCOACMuseum NotesNumismatic Studies, and so much more! These books are available while quantities last—first come, first served. To order, email a list of the titles you want to Andrew Reinhard, Director of Publications, at areinhard@numismatics.org. No phone calls please. Full list of available inventory

David Yoon in Kalamazoo
Screen Shot 2018-04-30 at 11.53.09 AM

On Saturday, May 12, Associate Curator David Yoon will be presenting a paper entitled “Coin Circulation and Trade on the Island of Stromboli in the Late Middle Ages” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. More...

 

APRIL IN REVIEW

April "Money Talks," To Counterfeit is Death
williams

On Saturday, April 21, ANS Fellow Ray Williams discussed 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.

 

New Observations in Archaic & Classical Period Cypriote Coinage
Screen Shot 2018-04-27 at 12.19.49 PM

On Thursday, April 5, Dr. Evangeline Markou of the National Hellenic Research Foundation gave the talk "New Observations in Archaic & Classical Period Cypriote Coinage” at the ANS. A link will be available on the ANS Youtube page soon!

 

Seated Liberty Dollars
IMG_7197

Curatorial Associate Eric Krauss and his intern, Abram Morris—the ANS’s youngest member—have completed a study of the collection of Liberty Seated Dollars in the United States cabinet. Their research has been able to conclusively show that the extremely rare 1853 Proof dollar (ANS 1976.113.2) could not have been struck before 1862, settling a long-standing controversy. We look forward to hear more details about this and other discoveries in an upcoming ANS publication of his study.

 

April School Visits
IMG_7354

On April 11 a group of fifteen students from Grace Church High School visited the ANS and was welcomed by Dr. Lucia Carbone, Assistant Curator of Roman coins. The twelfth graders were accompanied by their Latin teacher and were introduced to the coinage of Augustus and Tiberius. Another group of fifteen students, this time middle schoolers from Masters School, visited ANS on April 26th. Dr. Lucia Carbone introduced these students to the history of Roman and Greek coinage and the use of Latin on coinage.

 

David Yoon at the American Archaeology meeting in DC
posterSAA2018.indd

On April 12 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.”

 

2018 Chicago Coin Expo
Chicago Coin Expo

April 18-21, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg represented the ANS at the Chicago Coin Expo. He welcomed six new members to the Society, sold some books, and was pleased to speak with the ANS members who were in attendance. Special thanks to Aaron Berk for all his help

 

Andrew Reinhard at Drew University
1200px-Drew_University_shield.svg

On April 20 ANS Director of Publications, Andrew Reinhard, presented three lectures at Drew University (Madison, New Jersey). The first reflected his work in promoting Open Access academic publishing and the free sharing of knowledge across disciplines, laying out strategies for libraries, authors, and publishers to follow. This lecture was followed by a talk on the nascent discipline of archaeology in video games (aka “archaeogaming”), discussing serious research in understanding human culture in digital spaces. His final talk covered the 2014 excavation of the Atari Burial Ground in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he and his team of archaeologists helped “mythbust” the urban legend that Atari dumped millions of copies of the “worst video game of all time”, E.T.: The Extraterrestrial in a desert landfill in 1983.

Press Release | 2017 + 2018 Saltus Awards

April 24, 2018 New York, NY for immediate release 2017 + 2018 J. Sanford Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal The Board of Trustees of the American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 and 2018 J. Sanford Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art…
Read more

Money Talks | To Counterfeit is Death

TO COUNTERFEIT IS DEATH
with Ray Williams

April 21, 2018  | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members / $50 for nonmembers

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. Ray Williams 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, and interesting stories involving some of the money being exhibited. Examples of the paper currency discussed will be made available for close examination.

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