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2019 Huntington Award to 
Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tekin
The Trustees of the American Numismatic Society have voted to bestow upon Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tekin the 2019 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his scholarly work on ancient Greek and Roman numismatics. The award ceremony will be held on Friday, November 8 and will feature the Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture by Prof. Dr. Tekin, entitled Markets, Coins, and Weights in Hellenistic Asia Minor. More…

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The 2020 Annual Gala will honor Richard Beleson
The 2020 Annual Gala Dinner will take place on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the Harvard Club, 35 West 44th Street, New York City. The ANS will honor Richard Beleson. More...

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October "Money Talks": The Mints of New York City
Chief Curator Peter van Alfen will lead you on an exploration of the manufacture of numismatic items—coins, tokens, and paper—in New York City from the Colonial Period up to the twentieth century. While each of these aspects has been examined individually, rarely is the continuous narrative of the City as a mint, or host for several mints, discussed. More...

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Dr. Ute Wartenberg elected as ICOMON Chairperson
During its annual meeting in Kyoto in September 2019, members of ICOMON, the International Committee for Money and Banking Museums of the International Council of Museums, elected Dr. Ute Wartenberg as Chairperson. Other newly elected members of the ICOMON Board are Dr. Asma Ibrahim (Director, State Bank of Pakistan Museum, Archives, & Art Gallery), Dr. Despoina Evgenidou (Honorary Director of the Numismatic Museum, Athens, Greece), Mr. Oley Kawani (Curator, Coin Museum Preparatory Office, Japan), and Mr. Damon Monzavi (Exhibition Manager Bank Melli Museum, Teheran, Iran). ICOMON represents almost 200 member institutions all over the world, which meet annually. 

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2019 Annual Meeting
The 162nd Annual Meeting of the American Numismatic Society will take place on Saturday, October 19. Officers of the Board of Trustees and staff will make remarks and presentations. The meeting and following reception are open to ANS members and the public. New acquisitions will be on display. More...

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The ANS Seeks a Curatorial Assistant
The American Numismatic Society Seeks a Curatorial Assistant for the Ancient Greek Coin Department. The successful candidate is expected to work with Dr. Peter van Alfen and Dr. Ute Wartenberg on a variety of cataloging projects. Since these all involve Greek coins, the successful candidate should have some knowledge of (ancient) Greek and of the history of the ancient world. This full-time position is limited to one year. A BA in a relevant field of study is required. More...

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Double your Donation to Medieval and Renaissance Numismatics
For every contribution made to the endowment for the curator of Medieval and Renaissance numismatics, ANS Trustee and Life Fellow Dr. Howard Minners will generously match it, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. We still have a long way to go to reach our ultimate goal of $2 million, but you can help us get significantly closer by taking up Dr. Minners’ challenge today. More...

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Two New Books Now Available for Pre-Order
The ANS has been hard at work on several new books for 2019. Two titles are vailable for pre-order and will ship in October:

The Nablus 1968 Hoard: A Study of Monetary Circulation in the Late Fourth and Early Third Centuries BCE Southern Levant by Haim Gitler and Oren Tal with contributions by Arnold Spaer, Silvia Hurter, Dana Ashkenazi, and Adin Stern (Numismatic Notes and Monographs 171)

Jacques Wiener's Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe: The Man, Monuments, and Medals by George Watson (Numismatic Studies 39)

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November “Money Talks”: Coinage of the Ancient Black Sea
Join Collections Manager Elena Stolyarik for Coinage of the Ancient Black Sea. There is a complicated history to the ancient Greek colonies on the Northern and Western coast of the Pontus Euxinus—the ancient name of the Black Sea. Far on the edge of the ancient Greek world, there is evidence of extensive contact between the Mediterranean area and the peoples of the steppes. Ancient coins provide a valuable source for the study of these societies' economic development, as well as for the cultural and economic relationships in one of the most important contact zones of the Old World. More...

September in Review

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Ancient Coinage and the Portable Antiquities Scheme
On September 10, Dr. Andrew Brown of the British Museum gave a talk on Ancient Coinage and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) was created in England in 1997 to record archaeological material found by members of the public. He discussed how coins make up the single largest class of object and with more than 300,000 ancient coins to date, present an unparalleled dataset with the potential to change our perceptions of the ancient British landscape. 

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Coinage and Economy of the Early Medieval Mediterranean
On September 27, the ANS and Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) hosted a conference organized by the Networks & Neighbors research group: Coinage and Economy of the Early Medieval Mediterranean. The colloquium focused on the monetary economy of the Visigothic kingdom in its Mediterranean context. Participants included specialists on Visigothic coinage, history, and archaeology as well as experts on the monetary economies of other parts of the early medieval Mediterranean world. This colloquium was generously supported by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Announcements and Upcoming Events


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Upcoming Lecture: Ancient Coinage and the Portable Antiquities Scheme
Join Dr. Andrew Brown of the British Museum on Tuesday, September 10, for Ancient Coinage and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) was created in England in 1997 to record archaeological material found by members of the public. Coins are the single largest class of object and with more than 300,000 ancient coins to date, presenting an unparalleled dataset with the potential to change our perceptions of the ancient British landscape. More…

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September Money Talks: Signs of Inflation
On September 21, join Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg for the first Money Talks of our Fall/Winter season. Inflation has been the ‘friend’ of all major wars and crises throughout human history. Fiduciary mediums of payment rely on trust—fides in Latin—and may lose all value when too abundant and debased. In that sense, inflation is as old as money itself. We will travel through space and time through numismatic objects to encounter the forms of inflation experienced by ancient Greeks and Romans, Africans, Chinese, modern Europeans, and finally our contemporary world. This journey will challenge commonly accepted concepts of money, value and wealth. More…

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2019 Annual Meeting
The 162nd Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, October 19. Officers of the Board of Trustees and staff will make remarks and presentations. The meeting and following reception are open to ANS members and the public. New acquisitions will be on display.  More...

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Double your Donation to Medieval and Renaissance Numismatics
For every contribution made to the endowment for the curator of Medieval and Renaissance numismatics, ANS Trustee and Life Fellow Dr. Howard Minners will generously match it, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. We still have a long way to go to reach our ultimate goal of $2 million, but you can help us get significantly closer by taking up Dr. Minners’ challenge today. More...

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Coinage and Economy of the Early Medieval Mediterranean

On September 26 and 27, 2019, the ANS and Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) will be hosting a conference organized by the Networks & Neighbors research group: Coinage and Economy of the Early Medieval Mediterranean

This colloquium will focus on the monetary economy of the Visigothic kingdom in its Mediterranean context. Participants will include specialists on Visigothic coinage, history, and archaeology as well as experts on the monetary economies of other parts of the early medieval Mediterranean world. The conference will consist of a keynote seminar at BMCC on the evening of Thursday, September 26, followed by an all-day seminar at the ANS on Friday September 27.

Attendance is free, but space is limited for the all-day event on September 27. Pre-registration by September 1 is required, and we ask all pre-registrants to give a brief (one sentence) statement of their interest in the topic of the conference.

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Notes on the Numismatic Collecting of Archer Milton Huntington
On September 5, Curator Emeritus Robert W. Hoge will give Notas Sobre el Coleccionismo Numismático de Archer Milton Huntington (Notes on the Numismatic Collecting of Archer Milton Huntington, to be presented in Spanish) at the XXXVII Tertúlia dels Bibliòfils de Tarragona (the 37th Tertulia of the Bibliophiles of Tarragona). It will take place in the group’s headquarters at the Reial Societat Arqueològica Tarraconense (Royal Archaeological Society of Tarragona) at Carrer Major 35, principal, Tarragona. The talk will discuss the great breadth and importance of Huntington’s pan-Iberian collection, and its eventual sale and the recovery of materials that the ANS has been able to accomplish in recent years. More...

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Three New Books Now Available for Pre-Order
The ANS has been hard at work on several new books for 2019. Three will go to the printer in August and will ship to readers in October with the possibility of up to five more titles ready by the end of the year. These are available for pre-order now:

The Nablus 1968 Hoard: A Study of Monetary Circulation in the Late Fourth and Early Third Centuries BCE Southern Levant
by Haim Gitler and Oren Tal with contributions by Arnold Spaer, Sylvia Hurter, Dana Ashkenazi, and Adin Stern (Numismatic Notes and Monographs 171)

Connections, Communities, and Coinage: The System of Coin Production in Southern Asia Minor, AD 218–276
by George Watson (Numismatic Studies 39)

The Early Antigonids: Coinage, Money, and the Economy
by Katerina Panagopoulou (Numismatic Studies 37). 

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October Money Talks: The Mints of New York City
This Money Talks will explore the manufacture of numismatic items–coins, tokens, and paper–in New York City from the Colonial Period up to the twentieth century. While each of these aspects has been examined individually, rarely is the continuous narrative of the City as a mint, or host for several mints discussed. More...

August in Review

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IAPN 2019 Book Prize to Catharine Lorber
On August 15, the International Association of Professional Numismatists awarded Catharine Lorber with its 2019 Book Prize for Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire. This is the first time an ANS publication has won this prestigious award. Special thanks to Oliver Hoover who was instrumental in the book’s completion but was unable to attended the reception. 

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The MFA Boston is the latest to contribute to Nomisma
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is the latest contributor to the Nomisma.org Linked Open Data cloud, providing data for more than 2,000 Roman Republican and Imperial coins to CRRO and OCRE. This is the largest contribution so far from a major American encyclopedic art museum.

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Two NLG Awards to the ANS
The ANS was honored to receive two Numismatic Literary Guild awards this year! The Journal of Early American Numismatics won the 2019 award for Best Club or Not-for-Profit Periodical and Catharine Lorber’s Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire won for the Best Book on World Coins (pre-1500). 

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ANA World’s Fair of Money
Executive Director Ute Wartenberg, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg, and Membership Associate Emma Pratte attended the ANA’s 2019 World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, IL. They were also present for the annual ANA Banquet, the IAPN books prize predestination, NLG Award Luncheon, and many other numismatics events during the week—including a talk that Dr. Bransbourg gave to the Numismatic Bibliomania Society Symposium.

ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

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There is still time to renew your membership!
Those of you who still need to renew for 2019 can quickly and easily do so at numismatics.org/membership. If you have any questions about your membership standing, contact Emma Pratte at membership@numismatics.org or 212-571-4470, ext. 117. 

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2019 World's Fair of Money
Executive Director Ute Wartenberg, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg, and Membership Associate Emma Pratte will be attending the ANA’s 2019 World’s Fair of Money. Dr. Bransbourg will be giving a talk to the Numismatic Bibliomania Society Symposium about the ANS and our publishing policy, open access commitment, and recent and forthcoming projects. Catharine Lorber will also be awarded the prestigious International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) Book Prize for 2019 for Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire. We will be at booth 1347. If you would like to volunteer to help out at the table, please contact Emma at membership@numismatics.orgMore...

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Three New Books Now Available for Pre-Order
The ANS has been hard at work on several new books for 2019. Three will go to the printer in August and will ship to readers in October with the possibility of up to five more titles ready by the end of the year. These are available for pre-order now:

 

The Nablus 1968 Hoard: A Study of Monetary Circulation in the Late Fourth and Early Third Centuries BCE Southern Levant
by Haim Gitler and Oren Tal with contributions by Arnold Spaer, Sylvia Hurter, Dana Ashkenazi, and Adin Stern (Numismatic Notes and Monographs 171)

Connections, Communities, and Coinage: The System of Coin Production in Southern Asia Minor, AD 218–276
by George Watson (Numismatic Studies 39)

The Early Antigonids: Coinage, Money, and the Economy
by Katerina Panagopoulou (Numismatic Studies 37). 

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Coinage and Economy of the Early Medieval Mediterranean
On September 26 and 27, 2019, the ANS and Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) will be hosting a conference organized by the Networks & Neighbors research group: Coinage and Economy of the Early Medieval Mediterranean

This colloquium will focus on the monetary economy of the Visigothic kingdom in its Mediterranean context. Participants will include specialists on Visigothic coinage, history, and archaeology as well as experts on the monetary economies of other parts of the early medieval

Mediterranean world. The conference will consist of a keynote seminar at BMCC on the evening of Thursday, September 26, followed by an all-day seminar at the ANS on Friday September 27.

Attendance is free, but space is limited for the all-day event on September 27. Pre-registration by September 1 is required, and we ask all pre-registrants to give a brief (one sentence) statement of their interest in the topic of the conference.

"Let Not the Small Things be Forgotten"
The Mid-Year Appeal is still on!
Thanks to your unwavering loyalty and generosity, we have been able to set an ambitious pace for 2019. Today we ask that you please consider making a donation to our Mid-Year Appeal so we can continue to build on the momentum we have gained so far. For all of you who have donated to the ANS this year, THANK YOU! Click here to donate.

JULY IN REVIEW

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The 2019 Summer Seminar has finished up
The Eric P. Newman Summer Seminar in Numismatics has wrapped for 2019. Through June and July, the group of students attended lectures by ANS curators, esteemed guests, and the Eric P. Newman Visiting Scholar Dr. Evangeline Markou of the National Hellenic Research Foundation. Each year, the summer seminar concludes with student presentations and this year, topics included: The Autonomous Era Bronze Coinage of Sidon (111-46 BCE), Cursive Script Qirats, and Prosopographical Endeavors in Numismatics.

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David Yoon on a Medieval Dig
Associate Curator David Yoon recently returned from Italy, where he is part of a team excavating a medieval site on the island of Stromboli. The medieval coin finds from this project through 2016 have already been published in the AJN.

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The ANS and the Social Networks and Archival Context
In early July, 135 people and corporate bodies from the ANS Archives were integrated into a project by the University of Virginia and the National Archives—Social Networks and Archival Context. This project aims to create unique identifiers on the web for the persons, families, and corporate bodies related to international archives and includes biographical information about each entity and links to resources housed in a wide variety of institutions. The 135 ANS entities have been connected to SNAC and supplemented with biographies from our collection and links to digital archival or library holdings in Archer and the ANS Digital Library, which broadens access to these resources to historians, genealogists, etc. For example, see the record of Edward T. Newell.

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The Third Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School
AKMED Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School is an intensive two-week program, taught by ANS Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen and Professor Dr. Oğuz Tekin of Koç University AKMED. Taking place this year from July 8–19, it gave students an introduction to Greek, Roman, and Byzantine numismatics (c. 650 BC–AD 1453) and offered them the tools to apply numismatics to their studies in the fields of archaeology, history and art history. More...

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Bibliothèque Nationale Coins added to PCO
On July 24, more than 600 Ptolemaic coins from the Bibliothèque nationale de France were added to the Ptolemaic Coins Online (PCO) project. These coins, representing the gold and silver types of Ptolemy I to Ptolemy IV from Catharine Lorber's 2018 Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire Vol. 1, Part 1, are photographed and available at high resolution under Public Domain Licenses. Sixty percent of the nearly 1,000 types in PCO are linked to at least one photographed specimen.

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World Heritage Gazetteer workshop
Ethan Gruber attended the World Heritage Gazetteer workshop in Pittsburgh, PA from July 20-21. The World Heritage Gazetteer is an umbrella site of geographic place names from many different time periods and regions. One of the core datasets for this aggregation is the Pleiades Gazetteer of Ancient Places, with whom Nomisma.orhas been affiliated since 2012. Gruber was present to discuss data interchange standards between different Linked Open Data geographic projects.

Announcements & Upcoming Events

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ANS Seeks an Assistant Curator
The American Numismatic Society seeks an energetic and creative assistant curator to oversee and lead its American Department. The successful candidate will be in charge of the collections of North and South American coins, currency, medals, and related objects. More…

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Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality
An 1864 Silver Decoration of Gen. Benjamin Butler, Army of the James will be on display at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC)/ Virginia Historical Society. The exhibition explores the African American experience in Virginia from the arrival of the first Africans in English North America in 1619 to the present day. More..

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The Summer Seminar is Underway
The Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics is currently underway. The students from around the world, with the help of Eric P. Newman Visiting Scholar Dr. Evangeline Markou of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, have been attending lectures and working on the presentations they will be giving at the end of next month. Learn more about the Summer Seminar.

"Let Not the Small Things be Forgotten"
The Mid-Year Appeal is Now On!
Thanks to your unwavering loyalty and generosity, we have been able to set an ambitious pace for 2019. Highlights of recent activity are described in the 2019 Mid-Year Appeal flyer. Today we ask that you please consider making a donation to our Mid-Year Appeal so we can continue to build on the momentum we have gained so far. Click here to donate.

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First JEAN of 2019
The first issue of the 2019 Journal of Early American Numismatics (JEAN) is being mailed to subscribers now! Articles include “John J. Ford, Jr.: A Life in Three Portraits” (Q. David Bowers), “Lion Dollars: A Collector’s Viewpoint” (Ray Williams), “The Massachusetts Pine Tree Penny: A Copper Token Struck in Boston in 1776” (Julia H. Casey), “Point/Counterpoint: John Kleeberg’s Continental Dollar” (Jeff Rock), “Research Notes Regarding the Non Dependent Status Copper Coinage” (Byron White), “Identification and Classification of an Important New Variety of the Massachusetts Silver Coinage: The Salmon 11-X Pine Tree Shilling” (Christopher J. Salmon), “Newman Sale Uncovers New Rubber Lady Family Varieties” (Kayla Schlemmer), “John Bailey’s New York City Mint” (Gary A. Trudgen), “The Spanish Colonial Mint at Potosì: A Comparative Look” (Brian Stickney), and “A Biography of Thomas Sparrow (V)” (Joseph Daragan). To subscribe, visit numismatics.org/store/cnl or call Emma Pratte at 212.571.4470 x117. 

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Coinage and Economy of the Early Medieval Mediterranean
On September 26 and 27, 2019, the ANS and Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) will be hosting a conference organized by the Networks & Neighbors research group: Coinage and Economy of the Early Medieval Mediterranean

This colloquium will focus on the monetary economy of the Visigothic kingdom in its Mediterranean context. The conference will consist of a keynote seminar at BMCC on the evening of Thursday September 26, followed by an all-day seminar at the ANS on Friday September 27.

Attendance is free, but space is limited for the all-day event on September 27. Pre-registration by September 1 is required, and we ask all pre-registrants to give a brief (one sentence) statement of their interest in the topic of the conference. To inquire about registration, please contact David Yoon at dyoon@numismatics.org

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2019 World's Fair of Money
Executive Director Ute Wartenberg, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg, and Membership Associate Emma Pratte will be attending the ANA’s 2019 World’s Fair of Money. Renew your membership, purchase a book, or just say hello. We will be at booth 1347. More...

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We will be closed on July 4 + 5
The ANS will be closed on July 4–5. We hope everyone has a great holiday! 

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June in Review

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The American Classical League (ACL) Visits the ANS
On June 26 a group of twenty-five Latin teachers from the American Classical League visited the ANS as a part of the ACL Centennial Institute. Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Dr. Lucia Carbone led two sessions. The first part, Coinage and Literature, Two Complementary Approaches to Roman Civilization, connected the beginning of Latin literature and Roman coinage. Then Teaching Caesar and Vergil with Coins focused on the didactic importance of using coinage when dealing these most celebrated texts.

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Imagining America
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On May 31, Prof. Peter Dunham presented Imagining America: Native American Icons and National Identity on Early American Coins. Money is not just a medium of exchange but also a vehicle for transmitting ethnic and political messages. 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. Watch the entire lecture on the ANS Youtube page

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Making Mexico "Money Talks"
On June 1 Prof. Peter Dunham gave the “Money Talks” lecture Making Mexico: The Imagery of Nation-Building on Mexican Currency. Focusing on Mexico, with its tumultuous history of political upheaval, Prof. Dunham considers how the imagery on currency is used to help forge national identity.

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Publishing Your Numismatic Manuscript "Money Talks"
Preparing a scholarly manuscript for publication can be daunting. Director of Publications Andrew Reinhard and Associate Curator and co-editor of the AJN David Yoon helped to walk participants through the process covering topics like style, formatting, bibliography and notes, preparing images for publication, image rights/permissions, academic plagiarism, peer review, the production schedule/timeline, open access, digital publication, and more.

ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

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IAPN Book Prize for 2019
Catharine Lorber’s Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire was declared the winner of the prestigious International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) Book Prize for 2019. The prize of 1,000 Swiss Francs with a medal and a framed diploma will be presented to Dr. Lorber at a reception sponsored by the IAPN, to be held in conjunction with the ANA Convention in Chicago in August 13–17. 

"Let Not the Small Things be Forgotten"
The Mid-Year Appeal is Now On!
Thanks to your unwavering loyalty and generosity, we have been able to set an ambitious pace for 2019. Highlights of recent activity are described in the 2019 Mid-Year Appeal flyer. Today we ask that you please consider making a donation to our Mid-Year Appeal so we can continue to build on the momentum we have gained so far. Click here to donate.

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HRC Umbrella Site
The ANS is pleased to announce the launch of a new online resource, Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC). A National Endowment for the Humanities funded project based at the ANS in New York City, HRC is a web-based resource for users to learn about, research, and conduct different types of statistical analyses on the coinages produced by the different dynasties and rulers of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East during the Hellenistic period (ca. 323–31 BC). These include the coins struck by (and in the name of) Alexander the Great and those struck by his successors, such as the Seleucids in the Near East and the Ptolemies in Egypt. More...

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First JEAN of 2019
The first issue of 2019 for the Journal of Early American Numismatics (JEAN) is currently being printed and will be mailed to subscribers mid-June. Articles include “John J. Ford, Jr.: A Life in Three Portraits” (Q. David Bowers), “Lion Dollars: A Collector’s Viewpoint” (Ray Williams), “The Massachusetts Pine Tree Penny: A Copper Token Struck in Boston in 1776” (Julia H. Casey), “Point/Counterpoint: John Kleeberg’s Continental Dollar” (Jeff Rock), “Research Notes Regarding the Non Dependent Status Copper Coinage” (Byron White), “Identification and Classification of an Important New Variety of the Massachusetts Silver Coinage: The Salmon 11-X Pine Tree Shilling” (Christopher J. Salmon), “Newman Sale Uncovers New Rubber Lady Family Varieties” (Kayla Schlemmer), “John Bailey’s New York City Mint” (Gary A. Trudgen), “The Spanish Colonial Mint at Potosì: A Comparative Look” (Brian Stickney), and “A Biography of Thomas Sparrow (V)” (Joseph Daragan). To subscribe, visit numismatics.org/store/cnl or call Emma Pratte at 212.571.4470 x117. 

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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…

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The Summer Seminar Begins on June 3!
The Eric P. Newman Summer Seminar Class of 2019 has been finalized. The ANS will welcome a group of eight students from around the world, along with the Eric P. Newman Visiting Scholar Dr. Evangeline Markou of the National Hellenic Research Foundation. They will be a part of a longstanding tradition that has offered students the opportunity to work hands-on with one of the world’s preeminent numismatic collections since 1952. 

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Upcoming "Money Talks" | Preparing your Numismatic Manuscript
Join ANS Director of Publication Andrew Reinhard for Preparing Your Numismatic Manuscript for Publication on June 22. Preparing a scholarly manuscript for publication can be daunting, and this workshop will walk you through the process. Topics will include style, formatting, bibliography and notes, preparing images for publication, image rights/permissions, academic plagiarism, peer review, the production schedule/timeline, open access, digital publication, and more. More....

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Spring Issue of the ANS Magazine is Arriving Soon!
ANS Magazine is being printed and will ship to Members at the end of June. Features include “Dr. Samuel Mackenzie Elliott and the Abolitionists of Staten Island” (Peter van Alfen), “The Olcott Collection at Columbia University and the Didactic Importance of Ancient Coin Collections” (Lucia Carbone), “Is there a Santa Claus? The Story of Seleucid Coins Online” (Oliver Hoover), and “Thomas Elder’s Letters Confirm his Crotchety Reputation” (David Hill).

MAY IN REVIEW

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2019 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture
On May 3, Dr. Michel Amandry gave the 2019 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture: Renewing Coinage by Means of Overstriking: The Case of Hadrian’s Cistophori as a part of the Power of Money worshop. The Fowler Lecture was established in 1998 with a bequest from Mr. Fowler and additional gifts from the Fowler family. Dr. Amandry’s 2019 Fowler Lecture is now available to watch on the ANS Youtube Channel.

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An Event to Honor Dr. William E. Metcalf
On Friday, May 3, the ANS honored Dr. William E. Metcalf, former ANS 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 is now available for purchase. 

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The Colts of Corinth Revisited: The 4th-2nd century BC Corinthian Coinage
On May 10 Dr. Lee Brice gave a talk on the mint at Corinth—despite having been one of the earliest Greek mints to strike its own silver coinage, it has remained imperfectly understood. The Colts of Corinth Revisited: The 4th-2nd century BC Corinthian Coinage is now available to watch on the ANS YouTube Channel

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A Visit to Medalcraft
On May 22, Chief Curator Peter van Alfen along with ANS Fellow George Cuhaj visited Medalcraft Mint Inc. in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to take a survey of the 100-plus tons of Medallic Art Company (MACO) dies and hubs that the ANS purchased last year as part of the MACO archives acquisition. Medalcraft owner Jerry Moran has graciously allowed the ANS to store the dies at his facility while we determine our next steps with this important material.

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The EAC Convention
Earlier this month, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg and Archivist & Librarian David Hill represented the ANS at the Early American Coppers Convention in Dayton, Ohio. The ANS was particularly pleased to be able to cohost an event at the convention honoring legendary large cent collector and researcher Del Bland. Mr. Hill spoke on Mr. Bland and his massive contribution to our knowledge of United States numismatics. More...

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The International Numismatic Congress
On May 27 and 28 the annual meeting of the International Numismatic Council took place at the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels to continue planning for the International Numismatic Congress that will take place in Warsaw, Poland, in September 2021. Among the Council members is ANS Executive Director Ute Wartenberg. Joining the Council were the editors and sub-editors, including ANS Chief Curator Peter van Alfen, of the Survey of Numismatic Research, which will be published in time for the 2021 Congress.

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Digital Archaeology and Heritage
The University of Glasgow’s departments of Classics and Archaeology invited Andrew Reinhard, ANS Director of Publications, to give a series of lectures during the week of May 12 on digital archaeology and heritage, and Classical reception in video games. Other events included a screening of the documentary Atari: Game Over, in which Reinhard was the featured archaeologist at the excavation of the Atari Burial Ground in 2014. This was followed by a Q&A about the archaeology of the Anthropocene. His residency concluded with a daylong heritage “game jam” where he and students created, played, and discussed digital and board games focused on themes of history and antiquity.


The Power of Money
Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Dr. Lucia Carbone and Prof. John Ma (Columbia University) presented 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 very well-received workshop focused on the interactions between identity, coinage, and economics in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. More…

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David Yoon at the International Congress on Medieval Studies
On Friday, May 10, theANS sponsored a session on medieval numismatics at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Associate Curator David Yoon presented a paper entitled A Re-consideration of the Merovingian-Type Coins from the Zorita Hoard. More...

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The ANS Wishes Fritz Rudolf Künker a Happy Birthday
The American Numismatic Society and its many members wish Fritz Rudolf Künker many more happy and healthy years on his 70th birthday on May 21. As a supporter of museums, in particular the many German numismatic coin cabinets, he has done much to raise money for acquisitions and negotiate complicated transactions and thus helped extraordinary pieces enter into or return to the public domain. He and his son Ulrich work hard to bring museums, collectors and the trade together for the betterment of the field. Read Dr. Ute Wartenberg's full congratulations.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 

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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…

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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…

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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...

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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…

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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...

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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...

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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…

MARCH IN REVIEW

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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 Nomisma.org: 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.

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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.” 

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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: http://numismatics.org/collection/2000.26.1. We expect to make several hundred Greek and Roman tokens available in this new digital corpus.

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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.

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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...

ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

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April "Money Talks"

 Join ANS Board President Sydney Martin for the next “Money Talks” lecture on April 13. What many early American coin collectors fail to recognize is 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.” More…

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The Power of Money

Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Dr. Lucia Carbone and Prof. John Ma (Columbia University) have organized 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…

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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…

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Lucia Carbone at ‘Sapienza’ (University of Rome)

On April 2–4, Dr. Carbone will be lecturing at University of Rome on the topic ‘Provincial Administration and Civic Coinage in the Eastern Provinces of Roman Empire.' The lectures will be part of the graduate class Impero, Ecumene e Monarchia (Empire, Ecumene and Monarchy) co-taught by Prof. P. Vannicelli (Greek History) and Prof. Marco Maiuro (Roman History). More...

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Central States Convention

From April 24–27, the Central States Numismatic Society’s 80th Anniversary Convention will be held in Schaumburg, IL, at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. Executive Director Dr. Ute Wartenberg will be in attendance. More…

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Gilles Bransbourg at the University of Basel

Gilles Bransbourg has been invited by the University of Basel to deliver a lecture titled Monetary Unions: What an Ancient Empire Can Teach Us. This lecture will explore the similarities and contrasts between the Roman Imperial monetary system and the subsequent attempts at introducing a common currency across Europe with notably the current European monetary union. More...

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Dr. van Alfen to speak at Historia Numorum Dinner

On April 27, Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen will be giving a talk at the 54th Annual Spring Dinner Meeting of the Society Historia Numorum at the oldest operating Inn on the one of the oldest commissioned roads in the United States—Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Massachusetts. His talk, Why Coins?, will explore the beginnings of coinage in general and more specifically with the problems posed by the earliest coins. More...

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Weight Standards Workshop

This small, closed two-day workshop has been organized by Ulrike Peter of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Bernhard Weisser of the Münzkabinett Berlin, and Ute Wartenberg and Peter van Alfen of the American Numismatic Society. From April 1-2, this workshop will bring together a number of colleagues to discuss methodologies and problems associated with the identification of ancient Greek coin standards and denominations. The outcome of the workshop, it is hoped, will be the creation of Nomisma.org IDs for a number of standards and denominations, which can then serve as aids in cataloguing. More...

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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. As a result of the extensive die study of the drachmas from the Ravel periods V and VI we finally have a proven relative chronology for the issues of Period V and suggestions for the absolute chronology for mint production in the mid fourth to second centuries BCE. More...

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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...

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"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. More…

March in Review

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Parallel Heritages

On March 4 and 6 Dr. Lucia Carbone participated in the workshop Parallel Heritages, Humanities in Action co-organized by Columbia University in New York and the Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne. The project brought together faculty members and PhD students from the departments of Art History and Archaeology at Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and Columbia University to conduct two week-long research seminars on the history of their respective university collections in New York and Paris. Dr. Carbone presented on the history of the Olcott Coin Collection, a collection of over 3,500 Roman Provincial, Imperial and Republican coins hosted at RBML. This collection is currently being catalogued by Columbia University PhD students under the supervision of Dr. Carbone.

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March “Money Talks”

Donald Squires gave the March “Money Talks”—Reading Byzantine Coins. He gave attendees some tools to decipher tricky Byzantine inscriptions with Latin, Greek, or both and written in a mixture of the Greek and Roman alphabets. Read about upcoming Money Talks. 

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The World Between Empires

The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East opened on March 18 and will be on view until June 23, 2019, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For over three centuries, the territories and trading networks of the Middle East were contested between the Roman and Parthian Empires (ca. 100 BC–AD 250), yet across the region life was not defined by these two superpowers alone. Thirteen ANS coins from Parthia, Judea, Syria, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire are included. More…

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March School Visits

On March 1 a group of eleven students from Pine Crest School (Florida) visited the ANS. The students were accompanied by their Latin teachers and were introduced to the coinage of Caesar and Augustus by Dr. Lucia Carbone, Assistant Curator of Roman coins. Another group of twelve students, this time from the Scuola d’Italia ‘Guglielmo Marconi’, visited ANS on November 17. Dr. Peter van Alfen introduced the students to the history of ANS and guided the group through the premises of the Society, while Dr. Carbone presented an overview of the history of Roman coinage. 

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2020–2021 Fulbright Announced

U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries and the 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open! The complete list of opportunities available in the region can be found in their Catalog of Awards.

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The First Issue of 2019 has been mailed out!

The first issue of ANS Magazine for 2019 was mailed out at the end of March. It features articles on the notebooks of ANS co-founder Edward Groh (David Hill), the Virgil Brand Collection of Newfoundland Two-Dollar Gold Coins (Harvey B. Richer and Eric M. Krauss), and coinage of medieval Italy (David Yoon), along with news, new acquisitions, an interview with the editor of the Journal of Early American Numismatics, and a look back at the 2019 ANS Gala.

ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

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March “Money Talks”

Join Donald Squires on March 9 for Reading Byzantine Coins. With Latin, Greek, or both and written in a mixture of the Greek and Roman alphabets, the inscriptions on Byzantine coins can be tricky to decipher. Providing a guide to the interpretation of Byzantine coin inscriptions, this talk will analyze a variety of coins. Space is limited. RSVP to membership@numismatics.orgMore…

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A Proxy Hasmonean Silver Coinage? 

On March 9, ANS Adjunct Curator Oliver Hoover will speak on "A Proxy Hasmonean Silver Coinage? The Unique Seleucid Tetradrachm of Gaza and its Political Implications" at the Eleventh Seminar on Middle Eastern and Central Asian Numismatics in Memoriam Boris Kochnev (1940–2002) held at Hofstra University. More…

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The World Between Empires

The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East will be on view from March 18–June 23, 2019 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For over three centuries, the territories and trading networks of the Middle East were contested between the Roman and Parthian Empires (ca. 100 BC–AD 250), yet across the region life was not defined by these two superpowers alone. Thirteen ANS coins from Parthia, Judea, Syria, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire will be included. More…

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The Medallic Arts and Ophthalmology

On March 17, ANS Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen will present Samuel Mackenzie Elliot: New York City Oculist, at the 32nd annual meeting of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society in Washington, DC. Elliot was a colorful figure, who, besides his successful medical practice, established a village, “Elliotville” in Staten Island that attracted many prominent abolitionists as his patients, such as Francis Shaw and his family. Members of the Shaw family, as well as Elliotville neighbors were portrayed by leading medallic artists including August Saint Gaudens and Victor David Brenner. More…

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OCRE featured in Digital Humanities Workshop

On April 5 at Leiden University, the annual state of the art lecture of the research group The Unification of the Mediterranean World 400 BC–400 AD will be given by Prof. Dr. C. Gazdac, titled Which coins were hoarded? Why were they hidden, lost, or deposited? General and specific patterns of coin hoarding in the light of the Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire Project. The lecture is preceded by two workshops on the digital numismatic databases CHRE and OCRE. Attendance, lunch and drinks are free, but registration is required (email Liesbeth Claes: l.claes@hum.leidenuniv.nl). See Program.

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The First Issue of 2019 is Almost Here!

The first issue of ANS Magazine for 2019 will ship to Members in March. It features articles on the notebooks of ANS cofounder Edward Groh (David Hill), the Virgil Brand Collection of Newfoundland Two-Dollar Gold Coins (Harvey B. Richer and Eric M. Krauss), and coinage of medieval Italy (David Yoon), along with news, new acquisitions, an interview with the editor of the Journal of Early American Numismatics, and a look back at the 2019 ANS Gala.

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2019 Whitman Coin Baltimore Spring Expo

ANS Trustee Mary Lannin and Deputy Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg are representing the ANS at the Whitman Coin Baltimore Spring Expo from February 28–March 3. Stop by Booth 1442 to renew your membership, subscribe to JEAN for 2019, or just say hello! More…

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April “Money Talks”

Join ANS Board President, Sydney Martin for French Coinage Specifically for North America on April 13. What many early American coin collectors fail to recognize is that, from early in 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.” More…

FEBRUARY IN REVIEW

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The Third Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School

AKMED Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School, an intensive two-week (July 8–19, 2019) program, taught by Dr. Peter van Alfen and Professor Dr. Oğuz Tekin of Koç University AKMED, will give students an introduction to Greek, Roman, and Byzantine numismatics (c. 650 BC–AD 1453). More...

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February “Money Talks”

On February 9 Dr. Peter van Alfen invited members and friends of the ANS to the first “Money Talks” of 2019, which featured an introduction to Hellenistic Greek coinage and a good look at arguably some of the most beautiful coins in the collection. Touching on some of the current problems in Hellenistic numismatics and scholarship, Dr. van Alfen helped participants gain a better understanding of Hellenistic Greek coinages. 

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The Constantian Monetary Revolution

The Constantian Monetary Revolution, co-author by Prof. Roger Bagnall—Professor of Ancient History and Leon Levy Director Emeritus, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University—and Dr. Gilles Bransbroug has just been made available on ISAW Papers. Through a comparative and parallel use of papyrological and numismatic materials, the paper analyses the processes and the monetary reforms at play behind the Roman "hyper-inflation" of the mid-4th century CE, a century during which prices rose by a facto of 50,000. The Fel Temp Reparatio coinages that marked the 1100th birthday of the Urbs in 348 brought inflation to its climax, with prices jumping about twenty-fold a in matter of two or three years in 351-354. A parallel increased supply of silver coinage was allowed by the removal of silver from the existing billon coinage. These mutations led ultimately to the bimetallic gold:bronze bullion-based price system that defines the later Byzantine period.

ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

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The ANS Acquires the Del Bland Archive

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of the vast archive of research data assembled by United States large cent expert Del Bland. By the end of his life, he had produced almost 300 large ring binders (weighing some 900 lbs.) on the condition, sale prices, and ownership of large cents. With the exception of sections redacted by request, all of the materials will be made available on April 1, 2019. More…

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February “Money Talks”

On February 9, 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 the 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. More…

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PCO is Now Live

Ptolemaic Coins Online (PCO) (numismatisc.org/pco) is a new research tool intended to provide wide access to the coins listed in the print volumes of Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire by Catharine C. Lorber, the first attempt to provide a new, comprehensive standard typology and catalog for the coinage produced by the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt since Ioannis Svoronos’s Τα νομίσματα του κράτους των Πτολεμαίων (Coins of the Ptolemiac State) published in 1904–1908. More…

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The Metcalf Festschrift has Arrived!

Concordia Disciplinarum: Essays on Ancient Coinage, History, and Archaeology in Honor of William E. Metcalf (Numismatic Studies 38) is here and ready to order. The Festschrift, edited by Dr. Nathan Elkins and Dr. Jane DeRose Evans, contains 20 new papers mostly on ancient Roman coinage by Metcalf’s colleagues. Click here to learn more and to purchase.

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2019 Summer Seminar Applications Due February 22

Since 1952, the ANS has held a summer program offering students the opportunity to work hands-on with one of the world‘s preeminent numismatic collections. We are now currently accepting applications for the 65th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics, to be held from June 3–July 26, 2019. Applications are due on February 22. More…

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It’s Time to Subscribe to JEAN Again!

Make sure to subscribe now for JEAN’s sophomore year! Since 1960, The Colonial Newsletter has published studies focusing on the study of the coinages produced by the states during the Confederation period of the United States. In 2018 we expanded the focus to include all of the Americas and converted it to 240-page journal, creating the Journal of Early American Numismatics. Subscribe for 2019 now.

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Jewish Coins of the Second Temple Period

On Wednesday, February 27, 3:30 pm ANS Vice-President David Hendin will be giving a talk at Stern College. More...

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Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa

The ANS sent a number of coins on to The Block Museum at Northwestern University as a part of Caravans of Gold—the first major exhibition addressing the scope of Saharan trade and the shared history of West Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe from the eighth to sixteenth centuries. The exhibition showcases the objects and ideas that connected at the crossroads of the medieval Sahara and celebrates West Africa’s historic and underrecognized global significance. More…

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March “Money Talks”

Join Donald Squires on March 9 for Reading Byzantine Coins. With Latin, Greek, or both and written in a mixture of the Greek and Roman alphabets, the inscriptions on Byzantine coins can be tricky to decipher. Providing a guide to the interpretation of Byzantine coin inscriptions, this talk will analyze a variety of coins. No prior knowledge of Latin or Greek is required.  More..

In Review

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The Gala was a Success!

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. More…

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The 2018 Huntington Award

ANS Fellow Dr. John Kleeberg received the 2018 Archer M. Huntington Award on December 4, 2018. Dr. Kleeberg also gave the 2018 Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture: “Dr. William H. Sheldon, Ted Naftzger, and the Large Cent Thefts” which is now available on Youtube. Read about the Archer M. Huntington Award.

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Wine & Coins

The 2018 Money Talks season ended on a high note! On December 8, Alex Conison, who holds a PhD on the ancient Roman wine trade and is the senior brand manager for Jose Cuervo USA, and MJ Macamara, PhD candidate in classics and NYC chef, with our Deputy Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg, presented an edible history of ancient Rome. Ms. McNamara prepared food using ancient Roman recipes, with wine of the ancient world selected by Dr. Conison.

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Eleonora Giampiccolo greets Pope Francis

Eleonora Giampiccolo, Summer Seminar Class of ’07 and current Director of the Numismatic Department at the Vatican Library, greeted Pope Francis when he visited the library to see a selection of three coins cited in the Bible; a shekel of the mint of Tyre, a Roman denarius, and a prutah of Pilate. Pope Francis was most interested in the prutah—the coin quoted in one of his favorite Gospel readings, The Offering of the Widow (Mark 12:41–44), in which a poor widow gives everything she has to the temple in the form of two very small copper coins. 

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David Yoon on Stromboli

On January 5, Associate Curator David Yoon presented a paper (co-authored with Sara T. Levi and Valerie Long) at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, entitled "Roman and Medieval Activity at the Site of San Vincenzo, Stromboli."

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The Year-End Appeal is now Closed

The Year-End Appeal was a success! Thank you to everyone who contributed. The work undertaken here at the ANS would not be possible without your generosity!