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2021 Annual Gala
Join us for our 2021 Gala! The ANS Annual Gala honoring Lottie and Mark Salton will be held virtually on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Join for pre-program "Cabinet Conversations" at 12:30 and for the Gala program at 1PM ET. The event will feature keynote speaker Jacob Goldstein, NPR correspondent and author of the new book,MONEY: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing. Patrons, Sponsors, and Individual Supporters of the Gala will receive raffle tickets and a limited edition pin designed by Saltus Award winner João Duarte. Program details and information on sponsorships, ticket purchases, and the raffle prizes can be found here.

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The 2020 Year End Appeal is on
The American Numismatic Society relies on the generosity of our members and donors. As 2020 concludes, consider making a year-end donation today. Thank you for your support! View the Year End Appeal here.

December in Review

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Silver Tetradrachm of Eucratides I of Bactria, Bactria, 170 BC - 145 BC. 1997.9.68

ANS Awarded NEH Grant
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Society a $150,000 grant for the two-year joint ANS-Oxford University OXUS-INDUS project. The international award will allow the project team from the institutions in the US, UK, Germany, and Pakistan to further research aspects of Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek coinages. Learn more about the projecthere.

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The Roman Republican Die Project Launched New Site 
The Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP), sponsored by the American Numismatic Society and generously funded by the Arete Foundation, is the largest die study ever undertaken. Read more about the project here.

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New Videos on YouTube!
Watch the new videos posted to the ANS YouTube Channel: Dr. Warren Esty presents on Die Studies in his Money TalkDr. Jesse Kraft presents the Brasher Doubloon in our new series, the ANS's Greatest Coinsand Mr. Sydney Martin accepts the 2020 Archer Huntington Award and delievers the Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture.

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November Long Tables & Money Talks
This month’s Long Table discussions included: “The G. N. Olcott Collection” with Dr. Lucia Carbone, “Connections, Community & Coinage" with numismatists George Watson and Bernhard Woytek, and "The Numismatic Collection in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan" with Dr. Irene Soto Marín. ANS Curator Emeritus Michael Bates delivered a Money Talks lecture, "The Silver Coinage of Iran Under its Early Muslim Governors, 651-705". 

Upcoming Events & Announcements

Money Talks | Die Studies: Inferences about Chronology, Mint Organization, and Die Numbers
What can be learned from a die study? Join ANS Fellow Dr. Warren Esty on Saturday, October 3 for a Money Talks on how to use die-identities to estimate the original number of dies and how to use die links to make inferences about chronology and mint organization. The same methods also apply to links between other features of coins such as legends and types. Dr. Esty will discuss the difficulties and caveats in gathering and analyzing this type of information. More...

The 163rd Annual Meeting
The 163rd Annual Meeting of the American Numismatic Society will take place on Saturday, October 24 at 3:00 pm ET. Officers of the Board of Trustees and staff will make remarks and presentations. All proceedings will be live streamed. Click here for more information. More…

The Planchet Ep. 7. A Brief History of Oxford’s Earliest Coin Collections with Dr. Andrew Burnett
An interview with Dr. Andrew Burnett ANS Trustee and retired Deputy Director of the British Museum and Keeper of its Department of Coins and Medals. Dr. Burnett discusses the origins of many of the earliest coin collections kept at Oxford (including those of the Bodleian Library and the Ashmolean Museum), the colorful personalities of 16th- and 17th-century collectors (esp. Elias Ashmole), plus a primer on early numismatic catalogues of public collections in Britain and what happens when a coin collection catches fire. Listen and Subscribe.

The ANS is honored to receive the 2020 BAMS President's Medal
The British Art Medal Society (BAMS) makes its annual premier award, known as the President's Medal, to an individual or an organization considered to have made a significant contribution to the understanding, appreciation and encouragement of the art of the medal. We are excited to announce that the BAMS Council decided to give the 2020 award to The American Numismatic Society. In making the award, the Council was mindful of the ANS's outstanding publications, exhibitions, The J. Sanford Saltus award, and most recently saving the Medallic Art Company Archives. The Council felt that enthusiasm for the art of the medal is growing, thanks to the ANS’s initiative and its indefatigable pursuit of excellence. Click here to watch the presentation of the BAMS President’s Medal and Lecture October 12 at 5:30 pm (UK time).

August in Review

"Justinian 'the Great' and the Perplexing Light-weight Solidi"with Robert Hoge
“One of the most intractable problems in Byzantine numismatics has proven to be the light weight solidus, struck at various times through the 6th and 7th centuries. A satisfactory explanation remains to be found.”- CNG. Introduced by Justinian I following his generals' reconquest of much of the Western part of the empire, and minted into the reign of Justinian II, 150 years later, the intention and circumstances—and in some cases even the mints—of these enigmatic coins remain largely unknown. Hear Robert Hoge speak about these coins on the ANS YouTube channel very soon! 

September Long Tables
In September, Andrew Burnett gave the most well-attended Long Table yet, The Hidden Treasures of this Happy Island; Peter van Alfen presented Mints of New York City in honor of the anniversary of 9/11; Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carboneshowed us her vault favorites; and Jesse Kraft hosted Old World Meets New World: The Coinage of Joanna and Charles, 1536-72.

Staff News

Austin Andrew named Assistant Director
Austin Goodwin Andrews has been named Assistant Director. Starting October 1, Mr. Andrews will begin in this role assisting Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg in public and institutional outreach, as well as project development and monitoring. For the past year, he has supported the ANS Ancient Greek Coins Department as a curatorial assistant, updating and integrating online digital resources. He will continue his work with Dr. Ute Wartenberg, expanding the PHANES catalogue of early electrum coins in a reduced capacity. Andrews brings to the ANS much enthusiasm and a commitment to cultural heritage and education.

2020 Burnett Anderson Award to Oliver Hoover
The 2020 Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing was awarded to Adjunct Curator Oliver Hoover. He received the award on September 1 at the virtual ANA Membership and Literary Awards Presentations.

Farewell to Disnarda
At the end of September we said goodbye to Curatorial Research Assistant Disnarda Pinilla-Bell. Ms. Pinilla-Bell first came to the ANS in June 2012 for a six-month assignment. She returned in 2016 to work on a variety of projects for Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE), the Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards (IGCH), and the linked-up Edward T. Newell notebooks found on ARCHER.

Upcoming Events and Announcements


Thank you!
Thanks to your extraordinary contributions, we are pleased to report that this year’s mid-year appeal was a wonderful success, surpassing the 2019 appeal with a 75% increase in individual donors. Your support is so very valuable to the ANS and its staff, and we are deeply indebted to you for your unwavering dedication and your generosity.


August 22 Money Talks | “The Significance of Diana on the Coinage of Nerva: Finding the Founder of a Temple to Diana in Nerva’s Rome”
Join ANS Fellow Nathan Elkins for a Money Talks on the Significance of Diana on the Coinage of Nerva. The identity of the founder of the Temple of Diana Planciana in Rome has been a subject of ongoing speculation for centuries. It is generally assumed to have been built in the late Republic or early in the reign of Augustus. Nerva styled himself as an inheritor of the Augustan legacy and as espousing republican values, which would have allowed senatorial initiative in the construction of a temple. Elkins will discuss candidates for the temple’s founder and how only numismatic evidence may be able to reveal the answers and explain unusual interest in Diana on the coinage of Nerva. More…


Richard Shaefer Binders Uploaded to Archer
In early 2019 the ANS partnered with Dick Schaefer in the Roman Republican Die Project—aiming to make publicly available what is likely to be the largest die study ever undertaken. The binders, the largest part of Schaefer’s archive, are now publicly available online in the ANS Archives . We aim to have all further images accessible by the end of the summer. More…


August 1 Money Talks “From Acorn to Sapling: The American Numismatic Society before Huntington”
The ANS’s symbol is the mighty oak grown from a tiny acorn. But the tree didn’t become fully rooted until after 1905, when Archer Huntington—who gave the Society a building, a professional staff, and a firm commitment to scholarly publishing—became president. We will look at the Society during its pre-Huntington, “sapling” years, taking into consideration its members as well as other nineteenth-century numismatic groups. More…


The Planchet
Ep. 5, An Interview with Numismatic Visual Artist Jenna Lash
The fifth episode of The Planchet features an interview with guest Jenna Lash who discusses her numismatic paintings, how she selects her monetary subjects and themes, and what it’s like to be a visual artist in the time of COVID-19. Listen & Subscribe


Jesse Kraft to Give Talk for the ANA
ANS Curator of the Americas Jesse Kraft will give a presentation entitled “Before the Coinage Act of 1857: How Americans Spent Foreign Money,” for the American Numismatic Association on August 17, 2020 at 4pm EDT. This talk with examine the various skills that 18th and 19th-century Americans needed in order to successfully navigate day-to-day commerce. Attendance is open for all. Click here for meeting details


Announcing Antigonid Coinage Online
As part of this broader push to re-evaluate Antigonid coinage, we are pleased to announce the launch of Antigonid Coinage Online (AGCO). As part of the National Endowment of the Humanities funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project, AGCO is a new research tool that will provide wide access to the coins listed in various print typologies of the coinages produced by the Antigonid dynasts who ruled Macedonia from 306 to 168 BC. More…


The Tiflis Dirhams of Möngke Khān
is Now Available
The dirhams of Möngke Khān represent the first major emission of silver coinage in Georgia following the Mongol conquest roughly a generation previously. Struck in the Georgian capital city of Tiflis (modern Tbilisi) from the middle of AH 652 to perhaps as late as the first month of AH 660 (AD 1254–1261), these coins circulated widely throughout the South Caucasus and adjacent areas. The first in-depth monograph on this popular and historically important coin series, this book will be a valuable resource for both scholars and collectors interested in Georgian, Mongol, and Islamic numismatics. Purchase in North America or Purchase in UK/EU/ROW. More…


July in Review

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“An Introduction to the State Coinages of the Confederation, 1785–1788”
Ray Williams spoke on the State coinages of the Confederation. Under the Articles of Confederation, the rights of the individual states to coin money was recognized. When the Constitution was ratified, it took away the states’ rights to produce their own coinage. Watch Williams present an overview of the legislation, mints, people involved, and the coins themselves.

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Nathan Elkins named Director of the Allbritton Art Institute
ANS Fellow and Editor of the American Journal of Numismatics Dr. Nathan Elkins has been named Director of the Allbritton Art Institute at Baylor University. The Allbritton Art Institute focuses on the art of the 19th and 20th century, and offers students of art history fully-funded trips abroad while at the same time bringing world-renowned artists to Baylor. More…

July Long Table Discussions
July Long Tables were “Meet the Moonlight Mint: A Q&A with Coiner Daniel Carr;” “Exploring the New Monogram Tools of Hellenistic Royal Coinages” with Chief Curator Peter van Alfen and Director of Data Science Ethan Gruber; “Vault Favorites with Dr. Jesse Kraft,” ANS Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas; and “Discovering the Coinage of the Nabataeans” with member Prof. Eby Friedman. See Long Table Archive.

June 2020 E-News

Announcements & Upcoming Events We are back! We are pleased to be sending you our June E-News from the ANS headquarters in New York City. Our first from the office in over three months. We began opening up on June 22, when New York City entered Phase 2, and we will be up and running…
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May 2020 E-News

Upcoming Events and Announcements   Announcing The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the launch of, a new web-based, linked open data tool for research in ancient Greek numismatics and ancient economies. This is the latest edition to the NEH-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project. More…   The 2020 Mid-Year Appeal is on!…
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April 2020 E-News

Announcements and Upcoming Events A Digital "Money Talks" | Currency with Consequences: Circulating Counterfeits in the United States Illicitly creating the likeness of a genuine piece is one thing, successfully spending it is another. Similarly, recognizing a counterfeit is the first step on the path to finding the culprit. Join ANS Curator of the Americas,…
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March 2020 E-News

  Announcements and Upcoming Events Updating the Coinage of Hadrian on OCRE The ANS is updating Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE). New research on the coins of Hadrian necessitates a significant upgrade—these coins making up 10% of coinage on OCRE. This work encompasses years of research and new finds to redefine the system…
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February 2020 E-News

  February 2020 Upcoming Events & Announcements Upcoming Money Talks | Before the Coinage Act of 1857: How Americans Spent Foreign Coinage Join Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas Dr. Jesse Kraft for a Money Talks on March 14. At various times, coins from Spanish-America, Great Britain, France, and Brazil held…
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January 2020 E-News

January 2020 Announcements & Upcoming Events February “Money Talks” | Coinages in the Persian Empire Join us on February 29 for the first “Money Talks” of 2020. Until a few decades ago, the Achaemenid (Persian) Empire (ca. 550–330 BC) was primarily known through Greek writers such as Herodotus. Archaeological research and publications of a wide…
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November 2019 E-News

ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS 2019 Saltus Award to Mashiko The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce that Mashiko is the recipient of the Society’s prestigious 2019 J. Sanford Saltus Award for Signal Achievement in the Art of the Medal. The ceremony will take place at the ANS headquarters in New York City on Thursday,…
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