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Money Talks | ANS History

May the Little Things Not Perish: The History of the ANS with David Hill, ANS Librarian and Archivist Saturday, October 13, 2018 1:00 $30 members/$50 for non-members Almost from the beginning, the motto of the ANS has been parva ne pereant (may the little things not perish), symbolically represented by an acorn growing into a…
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Press Release: 2017 J. Sanford Saltus Award to Bogomil Nikolov

September 11, 2018 New York, NY for immediate release 2017 J. Sanford Saltus Award to Bogomil Nikolov Bulgarian artist Bogomil Nikolov is the recipient of the 2017 J. Sanford Saltus Award for excellence in medallic art, which will be awarded to him at an event held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The ceremony will take place at…
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August 2018 E-News

Upcoming Events

Money talks 15 1.0September Money Talks | Judean Coinage and Early Christianity

On Thursday, September 20, ANS Vice President David Hendin will discuss Jewish and ancient Christian coins. He will discuss ancient scale weights, coins of Hasmoneans, Herodians, Prefects and Procurators of Judaea, and the First Revolt and the Bar Kokhba Revolt. The event will start at 5:00 with a lite Kosher dinner, the talk will begin at 6:00, followed by Q & A. Space is limited. Please RSVP to membership@numismatics.org or 212-571-4470, ext. 117. More…

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XXV Annual ICMON

Ute Wartenberg will deliver the keynote address at the XXV Annual ICMON Meeting on “Future-proofing Numismatics in Museums: Issues of Conservation and Collection Management” which will be held on October 3-6 at the Numismatic Museum in Athens, Greece. In Dr. Wartenberg’s address, “25 Years of ICOMON: Where Do We Go From Here?”, she will look back at the last quarter-century of numismatic developments and discuss possible avenues for numismatic museums. ANS Trustee Mary Lannin will also present “Women as Numismatic Curators: Equals in an Unequal World?” where she will examine the role of women as curators in numismatic museums. More…

Money talks 10.4Fall/Winter "Money Talks" Line-Up

Beginning with David Hendin’s rare weeknight talk, “Money Talks” Fall/Winter schedule of Saturday events will be followed by “Reading Byzantine Coins” with Donald Squires in October, “Preserving US Medallic Art Heritage” with our Executive Director Ute Wartenberg and Chief Curator Peter van Alfen in November, and a reprise of “Wine and Coins” with Alex Conison for December. More…

2000.25.1.rev.noscale2017 Saltus Award to Bogomil Nikolov

On October 8, Ute Wartenberg will present Bogomil Nikolov of Bulgaria with the 2017 Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal. The ceremony will take place at the ACADEMIA GALLERY Sofia where his work will be on display from October 1–19. Since the 1970s Nikolov (b. 1943) has exhibited his work internationally, receiving notable accolades. Today, as head of the Medallic Sculpture Studio at the National Academy of Art, he has had a tremendous influence on the current course of medallic art in Bulgaria, supervising scores of students and exhibitions of their work. More...

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On September 17, David Hendin will give a student seminar for the class of Prof. Michael Kelly on Hasmonean (Maccabean) Coins at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Binghamton. 

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October "Money Talks" | Reading Byzantine Coins

Using both Greek and Latin words and alphabets, Byzantine coins can prove hard to decipher. With a view to providing a guide to the interpretation of Byzantine inscriptions, on October 18 Donald Squires will analyze a variety of coins dating from the beginning of Byzantine coinage during the reign of the emperor Anastasius I (491-518) to the end of the empire in 1453. No prior knowledge of Latin or Greek is required. More...

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Peter van Alfen at Berkeley

Peter van Alfen will be at U.C. Berkeley where he will give two talks. On September 5, he will present “Assembling Numismatic Data Online: Concepts, Collections, Hoards, and Statistics” in the Ancient History and Mediterranean (AHMA) Colloquium—Digital Humanities and the Ancient World. Then on September 8, Dr. van Alfen will discuss “The Introduction of Coinage and the Politicization of Money” at AHMA 50th anniversary conference. More...

August in Review

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On August 16, the Numismatic Literary Guild recognized two American Numismatic Society publications at its annual awards ceremony. A Monetary History of Central America by Brian Stickney won the award for best book on world coinage (1500–present). Our Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg won the award for best article or story of the year for his piece in ANS Magazine, “U.S. Money Doctors in Latin America: Between War and Depression, the Short-Lived Reinstatement of the Gold Standard,” which appeared in the last issue of 2017. 

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Mariangela Puglisi is the first recipient of the Newman Visiting Scholar medal

At the end of the 2018 Summer Seminar session, after another sizable donation, the ANS wanted to further acknowledge Eric P. Newman’s contributions to the program by renaming the visiting scholar’s title in his honor. The first Eric P. Newman Visiting Scholar, Prof. Mariangela Puglisi of the University of Messina in Sicily, is also the first recipient of the Newman Visiting Scholar medal. More…


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Our Director of Data Science Ethan Gruber presented a talk entitled "Linked Open Data for a Comprehensive Numismatic Research Platform" at the Society of American Archivists annual meeting on August 16 in Washington, D.C. The presentation gave a brief overview of ANS digital projects, with specific focus on integrating our digital archival and library materials more seamlessly into MANTIS, the Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards, and similar research databases. Click here to view his presentation.  

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2018 World’s Fair of Money

From August 14-18 Ute Wartenberg along with David Hendin, Mary Lannin, Director of Publications Andrew Reinhard, Archivist and Librarian David Hill, and Membership Associate Emma Pratte represented the Society at the ANA’s 2018 World’s Fair of Money, held in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

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AJNs have been sent out!

The American Journal of Numismatics volumes 29 (2017) and 30 (2018) have been mailed out to our members. Keep an eye out for your copies!

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ANS Expands Data Sharing

MANTIS now publishes data conforming to the linked.art specification, which is a community-driven effort to standardize art museum data. It will in theory enable the ANS to make certain portions of its collection available into projects such as the American Art Collaborative, for example, medals engraved, sculpted, or otherwise designed by famous American artists.


MEMBERSHIPDon’t let your membership lapse!

For those of our friends who have yet to renew their membership for 2018, please do so today. Click here to renew online. If you are wondering about your membership status or have any other questions, please contact Emma Pratte at 212-571-4470, ext. 117 or membership@numismatics.org.

Money Talks | David Hendin

Judean Coinage and Early Christianity with David Hendin September 20, 2018 5:00 $30 for members/$50 for nonmembers David Hendin will discuss Jewish and ancient Christian coins in the context of archaeology and the experience of 50 years studying the coins and weights of the southern levant. He will discuss ancient scale weights, coins of Hasmoneans,…
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The 161st Annual Meeting

Saturday, 20 October 2018 | 3:00 pm The event is open to ANS members and the public. Officers of the Board of Trustees and staff will make remarks and presentations. Election of Trustees and a vote on proposed amendments to the By-laws will occur. New acquisitions will be on display. There will be a reception…
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2018 Nomination 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 three-year term (until the relevant annual meeting of Fellows in 2021, and until his or her successor shall have been elected…
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July 2018 E-News

UPCOMING & CURRENT EVENTS

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Summer Book Sale

We have so many books and journals on the horizon (and from the past few years) that we need to make space for this bumper crop of new arrivals! We are offering a special midsummer sale, with a number of our titles priced at $10. These are books in NEW condition, largely wrapped in either paper or plastic and ready to ship. There is NO limit on what you can purchase or the number of copies. Booksellers welcome. This sale ends on August 1 so act fast! See what’s available.

 

960_qukve34bzzcrz7sqbek72018 World's Fair of Money

From August 14-18 Executive Director, Ute Wartenberg, along with Director of Publications Andrew Reinhard, Archivisit + Librarian David Hill, and Membership Associate Emma Pratte will represent the ANS at the ANA’s 2018 World’s Fair of Money, held in Philadelphia at Pennsylvania Convention Center. Members are welcome to stop by booth #1426 and see selected pieces from the Medallic Art Company that will be on display. More…

 

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Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire by Catharine C. Lorber will begin shipping to readers on August 15. 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.

 

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Replacement to The Colonial Newsletter, the first edition of the Journal of Early American Numismatics has arrived! Subscribers will get their copies soon, if they have not already received them. Subscribe to the 2018 JEAN

 

Money talks 10.4"Money Talks"will take a break in August

Money talks will be taking a summer hiatus in August and will pick up again in September. The fall schedule will be announced soon!

 

1911.105.678.obv.noscaleThe Mid-Year Appeal is still on!

As we arrive at midsummer, please consider donating to the 2018 Mid-Year Appeal. More...

 

JUNE IN REVIEW

 

IMG_20180712_175048Farewell to the 2018 Summer Seminar Students

This month we wrapped up the Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar. For over 60 years, the seminar has given graduate students and junior faculty the opportunity to work hands-on with one of the world’s preeminent numismatic collections. This year students came from around the world and their research topics ranged from the coinage of Sicilian Amestratos to lead tokens from Roman Egypt. Learn More...

 

36636826_1947674251918614_6917987944896659456_nMonetary History and Numismatics Summer School

Chief Curator Peter van Alfen, along with Professor Dr. Oğuz Tekin of Koç University AKMED, held the Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School at Koç University's AKMED center in Antalya, Turkey from July 2–14. The program covered the basics of numismatics and offered an introduction to the rich contribution of numismatics to the economic and monetary history of the Ancient and Byzantine worlds.

 

180714.20July “Money Talks” | A Numismatic Walking Tour

On July 14, Peter van Alfen led a group on the first “Money Talks” tour—Monuments, Medals, Metropolis: A Numismatic Walking Tour Of Lower Manhattan. The route vividly illustrated the many connections between numismatic and medallic art of 20th century and the architectural and free standing sculpture found throughout lower Manhattan. Beginning at City Hall Park, they winded their way down to South Ferry, and onto Staten Island.

 

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On July 12, five students from the Arturo A. Schomburg Satellite Academy visited the ANS. The students were welcomed by Peter Van Alfen and Assistant Curator of Roman coins, Lucia Carbone. Dr. Van Alfen introduced them to the history of the ANS and guided the group through the premises of the Society. Dr. Carbone presented them with coins from all over the world and discussed the difference between money and coinage.\

 

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

June 2018 E-News

 Upcoming + Current Events

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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.

 
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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.


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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…


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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...


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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…


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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...


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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…


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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...


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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

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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.

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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…

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.