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Long Table 75.
Coin Deposits in Ancient Synagogues in Late Antique Palestine

Friday, December 3
1:00 pm ET

During archaeological excavations over the last century, thousands of coins have been found under the floors of ancient synagogue buildings from Late Antique Palestine and the Diaspora. Join archeologist and ANS Summer Seminar alumna Tine Rasselle for an examination of these coins. The specific reason for why they were placed there is hard to decipher, as textual sources about the phenomenon are lacking. However, based on careful research of Jewish attitudes concerning magic and apotropaic devices in Late Antiquity, and a historical analysis of tithing habits after the Second Temple destruction, Dr. Rasselle make the case that the coins were symbolic tithes, taken out of economic circulation and set aside as sacred. Then, they were added to the synagogue building during its construction as a way of giving back to God what belongs to God, simultaneously blessing the building and its visitors, and protecting the building against natural or supernatural harm.

ANS Members only. A link will be sent to members the day of the event.

Past Long Table sessions

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Year-End Appeal
Please support our efforts with a donation to the Year-End Appeal before December 31, and make 2022 a year to celebrate in earnest. More...

Money Talks: The Four Patriarchal Basilicas of Rome Through Their Medals

On December 4, Director of the Numismatic Department of the Vatican Library Eleonora Giampiccolo will speak on papal medals, discussing why and how they are produced. More...

Introducing the new ANS Print-On-Demand Program 
The American Numismatic Society is proud to announce a new print-on-demand (POD) program. Every month, the ANS will release 4–10 out-of-print and new titles as official POD editions. This month’s titles are the popular out-of-print White Gold and Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire, as well as the brand-new Faustina the Younger: Coinage, Portraits, and Public Image and Numismatic Commemorations of the 200th Birthday of George Washington in 1932More...

Richard Abdy’s Roman Imperial Coinage Wins the first Collier Prize
In 2020, Carole Anne Menzi Collier established the Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics. The Prize was inaugurally awarded to Richard Abdy’s Roman Imperial Coinage Vol.II.3 on the coinage of the Emperor Hadrian from AD 117 to 138 (Spink, 2020) on October 23, 2021. More…

Join us for the 2022 Gala
On Thursday, January 13, 2022, the ANS will honor ANS Vice President and Adjunct Curator David Hendin with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner. Support the Gala by purchasing tickets, sponsoring the event, or advertising in the Gala program. More…

ANS medal, accession number 1988.124.26

The ANS Sponsors Travel Grants for the XVIth International Numismatic Congress
We are proud to announce travel grants to up to eight attendees of the 2022 International Numismatic Congress who are current members of the ANS in good standing. Convened every six years, the International Numismatic Congress is a regular assembly of numismatic scholars, curators, and researchers to discuss new and current research in the field of numismatics. More...

Upcoming Long Tables
In December, the weekly ANS Long Table will include an overview of the ANA’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum with Curator and Museum Director Douglas Mudd; a discussion of coin deposits in ancient synagogues in late antique Palestine with archaeologist and ANS Summer Seminar alumna Tine Rassalle; and an examination of the coinage of Hadrian with Martin Beckmann, Director of the Centre for Ancient Numismatics at McMaster University. 

November in Review

Member's Breakfast
Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor, the ANS held a breakfast for members at the 2021 Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo on November 19. We were pleased to welcome over forty members and their guests who enjoyed a delicious breakfast, met with fellow members, and heard a brief presentation by Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg, Assistant Curator of American Numismatics Jesse Kraft, and ANS Trustee Michael Beall. 

Lucia Carbone Presented at the University of Virginia
On November 10, Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone gave a presentation at the University of Virginia titled “Financing Sulla’s reconquest of Italy,” where she discussed the sources of funding of Sulla’s army, based on recent data provided by RRDP and her monograph on late cistophori. A summary of her talk is presented in her latest blog posts: Part I and Part II.

Jesse Kraft spoke with the Coin Wold Podcast
Assistant Curator of American Numismatic Jesse Kraft sat down with Jeff Starck and Larry Jewett for the Coin World Podcast. They discussed the ANS's acqusition of the MACO archives, and the process of bringing them to New York. Listen

Lucia Carbone welcomed Brooklyn College students
On November 15, Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone welcomed Professor Liv Yarrow’s students from Brooklyn College and presented an overview of the historical development of Roman Republican Coinage, with a special focus on the contribution provided by RRDP

November Long Tables
Professor at Suleyman Demirel University Hüseyin Köker spoke with ANS Assistant Curator of Roman Numismatics Lucia Carbone on Penkalas Hoards; Senior Researcher at the National Hellenic Research Foundation Evangeline Markouchatted about Cypriote coins; and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto Mississauga Fae Amiro examined portraits of imperial women on Roman provincial coinage.

2022 Annual Gala Dinner

Thursday, January 13, 2022
Harvard Club, New York City

in honor of
David Hendin

David Hendin

David Hendin

David Hendin is a widely-admired authority on weights and currency of the ancient Levant, with a focus on Judean, biblical, Roman provincial, and Nabataean numismatics. He has authored 18 books, including Guide to Biblical Coins (the sixth edition was recently published), Cultural Change: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Coins of the Holy Land (2011), and Ancient Scale Weights and Pre-Coinage Currency of the Near East (2007), along with more than 75 book chapters and articles in scholarly journals.

As an editor Mr. Hendin worked with the late Prof. Ya’akov Meshorer on Coins Reveal, Ancient Jewish Coinage Vols. I & II, the English edition of A Treasury of Jewish Coins, and, with Andrew Meadows, on Coins of the Holy Land: The Abraham and Marian Sofaer Collection at the American Numismatic Society and the Israel Museum.

For 45 years, ever since joining the ANS in 1976, David Hendin has been a generous supporter, contributing not only financially but substantively as a scholar, researcher, writer, lecturer, and charming and engaging advocate for the Society. Among his countless contributions was his role as the principal curator of the award-winning ANS exhibit “Cultural Change: Coins of the Holy Land” at the New York Federal Reserve Bank Museum in 2010–11. Mr. Hendin was first elected Fellow in 1992 and is now a Life Fellow and a member of the Augustus B. Sage Society.

He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016 and currently serves as First Vice President and sits on many of its committees.

“One of the most distinguished and beloved members of the community. It is hard to think of an individual who deserves the Trustees’ Award as much as he does,” notes ANS President Ute Wartenberg.

In compliance with the New York City vaccine mandate for public indoor spaces, the Harvard Club requires all guests to show proof of vaccination.

Benefactors

Richard M. Beleson
Kenneth and Mary Edlow
The Hendin Family

Patrons

Michael and Ann Beall

Friends

David and Lauren Albert
American Numismatic Association
Classical Numismatic Group, LLC
Dan and Connie Hamelberg
Heritage Auctions
Anthony J. Terranova
Vilmar Numismatics LLC

Supporters

Leonard Augsburger and Debra Kurtz
Jere L. Bacharach
Scott E. Buck, CPA
Charles Catlett
Eby G. Friedman
Ira Goldberg
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
Steve Rubinger
Christopher Salmon
Donald R. Simon


Press Release

Press Release
New York, NY
For Immediate Release 
November 8, 2021

Winner of the ANS’s Collier Prize Announced

In 2020, Carole Anne Menzi Collier established the Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics at the American Numismatic Society, a new award offered for the first time in 2021. The Prize is named after her late husband Professor James M. Collier and commemorates the life of a remarkable man, an ardent lover of the history and culture of Europe and the Ancient world, and a passionate collector of ancient Greek and Roman coins. A feature on the life of Prof. Collier was published in ANS Magazine 2020, vol. 4.


This substantial monetary prize is to be awarded every third year to the best single or multi-authored book, catalogue, or online digital work in the field of ancient numismatics (650 BCE to 300 CE). The winner(s) receive prize money of $20,000, to be split equally in the event of a multi-authored work. For the initial prize, eligible publications were limited to those works published in 2019 or 2020. A jury of five senior numismatists appointed by the President of the ANS reviewed the nine works submitted this year for the contest and, after a protracted period of study and discussion, selected the winner of the 2021 Collier Prize.

At the Annual Meeting held on October 23rd, the winner was announced: Richard Abdy’s Roman Imperial Coinage (RIC) vol.II.3 on the coinage of the Emperor Hadrian from AD 117 to 138 (Spink, 2020). Abdy has worked at the British Museum since 1993 and since 1998 has been a curator of Roman coins in the Department of Coins and Medals. Aside from his award-winning RIC volume, Abdy has published widely on Roman coinage and has long been involved in recording Roman coin hoards in England. An award ceremony for Abdy will be announced in the coming months.

“We are certainly thrilled to bestow the first Collier Prize on Abdy’s exceptional study of Hadrian’s coinage,” ANS Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg said, “and at the same time extend our gratitude to Carole Anne Menzi Collier for establishing what will no doubt become one of the most important Prizes in our field.” 

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.

ANS Fellows 2022

Mr. John W. Adams - F                                             Mr. John Aiello - LF Mr. Stephen Album - LF Mr. David Thomason Alexander - F American Academy in Rome - LF American Numismatic Association - HF American Numismatic Assoc Library - HF Dr. Carmen Arnold-Biucchi - F Mr. Leonard Augsburger - F Prof. Jere L. Bacharach - LF…
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October 2021 E-News

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Dear Friends and Members,

As we find ourselves racing toward the end of 2021, we can look back with justifiable pride at the remarkable achievements of the Society’s 164th year. Today, though, I am more focused on our 165th, and I ask you to consider making it one to distinguish through a gift to our Year-End Appeal.

Thanks to your support this past year we were able to present Long Tables, Money Talks, and the ANS Lyceum; we hosted the Roman Provincial Coinages conference and resurrected the Coinage of the Americas Conference, offering it in a hybrid format for both in-person and remote participants; we produced the ANS Greatest Coins videos, our Pocket Change blog, and the Planchet podcast; and we greatly ramped up the digitization of the European collection and our work on other new programs and projects that the ANS team is bringing to fruition.

Daily, we are growing more ambitious for the Society’s future. Once again we are open to the public, we will resume the Summer Seminar, and we will expand our hybrid events in which all our members can participate regardless of where in the country—or the world!—they are. But as you know, we can realize our enthusiastic plans only with your help.

Please support our efforts with a donation to the Year-End Appeal before December 31, and make 2022 a year to celebrate in earnest.

From myself, the Board of Trustees, and the entire staff of the ANS, please accept our deepest gratitude for enabling the Society to be an unparalleled resource for all those enchanted and excited by numismatics, financial literacy, and what they bring to our understanding of our shared cultural history.

Gilles Bransbourg
Dr. Gilles Bransbourg
Executive Director