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UPCOMING EVENTS

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MACO Archive Acquisition

The American Numismatic Society has announced the acquisition of the archives of the Medallic Art Company, one of America’s oldest and most important private mints. The archive, which consists of more than 50,000 individual items such as medals, dies, galvanos, plaques, and paper and digital archives, was sold to the Society in bankruptcy proceedings of the Northwest Territorial Mint (NWTM). More…

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2019 Gala will Honor Mike Gasvoda

We are pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 10, 2019, the ANS will honor its esteemed former First Vice President Mike Gasvoda with the Trustees’ Award. Mr. Gasvoda, an ANS member since 1996, has been a collector for decades building magnificent collections of Roman and Greek coins, medals, and US large cents. “We are so fortunate to have supporters like Mike in our Society, who care about numismatics as a hobby and an academic discipline.  Few people have a broader knowledge and love coins and medals as much as Mike,” says Sydney Martin, President of the Board of Trustees. More…

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The 161st Annual Meeting

The Society’s 161st Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 20 at 3:00 PM. Officers of the Board of Trustees and staff will make remarks and presentations, and the election of Trustees will be held. Recent acquisitions will be on display. A YouTube video of the presentation will be made available for those unable to attend the meeting. More…

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October Money Talks | May the Little Things Not Perish: The History of the ANS

On October 13, join ANS Librarian and Archivist David Hill for a look back at the ANS’s 160-year history. Beginning with the 1858 invitation letter sent out for the very first meeting of the American Numismatic Society, selections from the ANS Archives will also be presented. More…

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2017 Saltus Award to Bogomil Nikolov

On October 8, Executive Director Ute Wartenberg will present Bogomil Nikolov of Bulgaria with the 2017 Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal. The ceremony will take place at the ACADEMIA GALLERY Sofia where his work will be on display from October 1–19. More…

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U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association 

On October 11–13, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg will be represent the ANS at the 7th Annual U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. Stop by the table to say hello and check out the small selection of colonial and post-independence Mexican coins from the ANS collection. More...

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November Money Talks | Preserving US Medallic Art Heritage

The ANS recently acquired the archives of the Medallic Art Company (MACO). MACO was founded in New York City around 1907, and for more than a century it produced the work of America’s finest artists. Join Ute Wartenberg and Chief Curator Peter van Alfen to hear more about the acquisition and get an up-close look at the MACO medals, dies, galvanos, and records. More...

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XXV Annual ICOMON

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

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Dr. Alan Stahl to Speak on Medals

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

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Why Coinage? Money and Its Origins in the Ancient World

On Thursday, October 4, Peter van Alfen will be presenting Why Coinage? Money and Its Origins in the Ancient World at the Fairfield University Art Museum. The Lecture is co-sponsored by the Classical Studies and Art History Programs, Part of the Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation. More...

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2018 Baltimore Winter Expo

The 2018 Baltimore Winter Expo will take place from October 25-28. Stop by the ANS table to chat about coins, look over some books, and sign up your friend as a member! Gilles Bransbourg and Membership Assistant, Emma Pratte will be waiting to say hello. More..

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Holding History in the Palm of One's Hand

Peter van Alfen will be speaking on a panel with ANS Fellow and historian, Stephen Scher and Bowdoin College associate professor of art history, Susan E. Wegner. The panel entitled Holding History in the Palm of One's Hand: Contemporary Perspectives on Medals and Coins from Antinquity to Recent Past will take place on November 13 at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. More…

SEPTEMBER IN REVIEW

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Judean Coinage and Early Christianity

Our Fall Money Talks line-up began with a bang with David Hendin’s Judean Coinage and Early Christianity. We were at max-capacity as Mr. Hendin discussed Jewish and ancient Christian coins in the context of archaeology and the experience of 50 years studying the coins and weights of the southern Levant—covering coins of Hasmoneans, Herodians, Prefects and Procurators of Judaea, and the First Revolt and the Bar Kokhba Revolt.

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Dr. Carbone and Colombia’s Olcott Collection

As a spin-off of the course ‘Roman coins and History’ taught by Edlow Family Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone at Columbia University (CU), a group of five CU graduate students is cataloging the Olcott Collection. This collection, with over 3,000 Roman Republican, Imperial and Provincial coins, is held at Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The group, supervised by Dr. Carbone and by RBML Head Librarian Jane Siegel, is expected to complete the preliminary cataloging by June 2019.

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2015 Magazines Are Now Available to the Public

ANS Magazine 2015 issues 1 through 4 are now available from the Back Issues page of the magazine website. Public links will continue to be made available three years after the publication date, continuing the Society's open access publishing policy. The magazine's digital edition can be viewed on both desktop and mobile platforms in a flipbook style and features full text search, web links to objects in the ANS databases, and allows easy sharing via email, Facebook and Twitter. 

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The History of Money at ISAW

Gilles Bransbourg began teaching a research seminar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) entitled “The History of Money.” Starting with the ancient origins of money, Dr. Bransbourg’s seminar will discuss its ubiquitous nature and explore the conditions that surround its birth, its various (de)materializations through time and space, as well as how its functions evolved within the societies it contributed to shaping. More... 

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One of Our Youngest Visitors!

On September 19th ANS welcomed one of its youngest visitors, 7-month-old Ben Wright. Accompanied by a group of only slightly older friends, aged 6–13, and their mothers, Ben was introduced to the study of ancient coinage by Lucia Carbone. It is never too early to begin!

August 2018 E-News

Upcoming Events

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

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

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XXV Annual ICMON

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

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

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

2000.25.1.rev.noscale2017 Saltus Award to Bogomil Nikolov

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

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

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October "Money Talks" | Reading Byzantine Coins

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

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Peter van Alfen at Berkeley

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

August in Review

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

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

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


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

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2018 World’s Fair of Money

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

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AJNs have been sent out!

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

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ANS Expands Data Sharing

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


MEMBERSHIPDon’t let your membership lapse!

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

July 2018 E-News

UPCOMING & CURRENT EVENTS

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Summer Book Sale

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

 

960_qukve34bzzcrz7sqbek72018 World's Fair of Money

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

 

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Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire by Catharine C. Lorber will begin shipping to readers on August 15. This massive achievement in numismatics is presented as a two-volume set—one volume for precious metal and the other for bronze. Each volume contains text and plates featuring the coinage of Ptolemies I–IV. Pre-ordering is now available.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

JUNE IN REVIEW

 

IMG_20180712_175048Farewell to the 2018 Summer Seminar Students

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

 

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

 

180714.20July “Money Talks” | A Numismatic Walking Tour

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

 

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

 

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

June 2018 E-News

 Upcoming + Current Events

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

 
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We're Almost There!

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


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Roman coinage, a GDP proxy?

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


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Ophthalmologia Optica et Vision in Nummis II

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


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2018 World's Fair of Money

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


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Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School

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


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ABSS Trip to Nevada

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


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Dr. Alan Stahl to Speak on Medals

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


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July “Money Talks” | A Numismatic Walking Tour

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

June in Review

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The Getty Villa

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

IMG_8049The 2018 Summer Seminar

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

5D3_7835The 2018 Fowler Lecture

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

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The Boldre Hoard Remains Intact

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

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

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

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

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

IMG_7ff768Celebrating Garfield Miller's 70th Birthday

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

May 2018 E-News


UPCOMING EVENTS

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

 

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

 

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

2018 Mid-Year Appeal
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Things that bring you joy: summertime and numismatics. Before you head out for that summer holiday, consider giving to the ANS Mid-Year Appeal! You can vacation peacefully knowing that your donation will help the Society to continue to promote and advance the study, research, and appreciation of numismatics. More… 

 

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

 

Point your coin-loving friends our way!
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Not only will you be helping your Society, but when you introduce a friend as a new member, you will receive a $50 discount to use to purchase any ANS publication(s) costing $50 or more. Choose any book(s) you like. Just be sure to tell us who your friend is, and we will apply the discount to your purchase.

 

The second ANS Magazine of 2018 will be out soon!
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Issue 2 of the ANS Magazine is at the printer and will ship to Members in June. Articles include “Giovanni Dattari and His Fabled Collection of Alexandrian Coins” (Lucia Carbone), “Notes on a Numismatic Manuscript from the Trivulzio collection in the ANS Library” (Hadrien J. Rambach), “The Archaeological Excavations at the Ancient Town of Akrai in Southeastern Sicily” (Roksana Chowaniec and Tomasz Więcek), plus news of the library and collections, book reviews, and an obituary for Stephen H. Corn. Magazine subscribers will also receive our new ANS Publications catalogue.

 

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

 

 

MAY IN REVIEW

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

April 2018 E-News

2018 April E-News


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming "Money Talks," Reading Arabic on Coins
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On May 12, Jere L. Bacharach, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington and ANS Fellow, will give a presentation in the sub-series of "Money Talks" where participants learn how to understand foreign inscriptions on coins. Those who attend will learn how to identify different Islamic coins without knowing a word of Arabic. More…

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

APRIL IN REVIEW

April "Money Talks," To Counterfeit is Death
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On Saturday, April 21, ANS Fellow Ray Williams discussed the economic climate that made paper money necessary; the counterfeiting of bills and the anti-counterfeiting measures taken; the famous (and not so famous) colonists involved with paper money; and interesting stories involving some of the money.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

David Yoon at the American Archaeology meeting in DC
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On April 12 Associate Curator David Yoon will be presenting a poster at the Society for American Archaeology meeting in Washington, DC. The presentation is entitled “Long-Distance Trade in Late Antique Italy: Evidence from the Bova Marina Archaeological Project.”

 

2018 Chicago Coin Expo
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April 18-21, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg represented the ANS at the Chicago Coin Expo. He welcomed six new members to the Society, sold some books, and was pleased to speak with the ANS members who were in attendance. Special thanks to Aaron Berk for all his help

 

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

March 2018 E-News

2018 March E-News


UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming "Money Talks," To Counterfeit is Death

On Saturday, April 21, ANS Fellow Ray Williams will be discussing the economic climate that made paper money necessary; the counterfeiting of bills and the anti-counterfeiting measures taken; the famous (and not so famous) colonists involved with paper money; and interesting stories involving some of the money that he will display. More…

A Lecture with Evangeline Markou of the National Hellenic Research Foundation
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Join us on Thursday, April 5 for "New Observations in Archaic & Classical Period Cypriote Coinage" by Evangeline Markou. There will be a reception at 5:30, followed by the lecture at 6:00. This event will take place at the ANS headquarters. More...


2018 Chicago Coin Expo
Chicago Coin Expo

April 18-21, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg will represent the ANS at the Chicago Coin Expo. Please be sure to stop by table #27 to renew your membership, review a publication, or just to say hello. More…


David Yoon To Give Presentation in DC
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On April 12, 2018, Associate Curator David Yoon will be presenting a poster at the Society for American Archaeology meeting in Washington, DC. The presentation is entitled “Long-Distance Trade in Late Antique Italy: Evidence from the Bova Marina Archaeological Project”.


The AJNs Are at the Printer
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Volumes 29 (2017) and 30 (2018) of The American Journal of Numismatics have gone out to the printer and will ship to our members in June.


May "Money Talks" | Reading Arabic on Coins
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On May 12, Jere L. Bacharach, Professor Emeritus of Middle East history at the University of Washington, will give a presentation in our series of "Money Talks" that teach participants how to understand foreign inscriptions on coins. Those who attend will learn how to identify different Islamic coins without knowing a word of Arabic. More…


Did you know that you can support the ANS while you shop?
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The American Numismatic Society has partnered with Amazon. Click through this link and a part of of your purchase will go towards helping the ANS fulfill its mission to promote and advance the study, research, and appreciation of numismatics. More...

MARCH IN REVIEW

 

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World
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March 27th marked the opening of Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World at the Getty Museum. Featuring ANS coins, the exhibition focuses on how Egypt held a great fascination for the Greeks and Romans and explores the artistic interplay between these cultures from the Bronze Age to Roman times. More…


Now Available—Ancient Engraved Gems in the National Museum in Krakow
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Ancient Engraved Gems in the National Museum in Krakow showcases the museum’s exquisite collection of 780 cameos, intaglios, scarabs, and finger rings. A limited number of copies are available. Purchase of this book is currently available only by email or telephone; contact Emma Pratte at membership@numismatics.org or 212-571-4470, ext. 117. More...


The History of Egyptian Coinage
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The History of Egyptian Coinage and Beyond Conference was organized by Thomas Faucher—the 2017 visiting scholar for the Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar—and Naglaa Ezzat of Ain Shams University. Familiar ANS faces included Chief Curator Peter van Alfen; Trustee, Andrew Meadows; and Second Vice President, Andrew Burnett. The conference took place at the French Institute in Egypt on March 25. More…


David Hendin at the Ha'aretz Museum
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On March 12, First Vice-President of the ANS David Hendin gave a talk entitled "Hasmonean Coins: Thoughts, Questions, Research" to the Israel Numismatic Society at the Ha'aretz Museum, Kadman Numismatic Pavilion in Tel Aviv. He also presented the Shekel Prize given by AINA (American Israel Numismatic Association) to Dr. Yoav Farhi for his book on the coinage found at Khirbet Qeiyafa.


Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference
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ANS Director of Data Science, Ethan Gruber, presented "Numismatic Reconciliation APIs for OpenRefine" at the Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference held in Tübingen, Germany. The paper presents an overview on new web services built into Nomisma.org and online type corpora, such as Online Coins of the Roman Empire, that enable fast clean-up of large datasets. These APIs were used to integrate more than 2,000 Roman Imperial coins from the University of Graz into OCRE in just a few minutes of labor. More...


March "Money Talks," Reading Latin on Coins
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Assistant Curator Lucia Carbone gave the first of a set of programs within the “Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations” series, in which ANS staff teach how to read and understand foreign inscriptions on ancient and modern coins.


2018 Spring Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo
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With a slight snow delay, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg and Membership Assistant Emma Pratte made it to the Spring 2018 Whitman Baltimore Expo. They chatted with members, signed up some new members, and let attendees know about our newest publications and upcoming events. More...

February 2018 E-News

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming "Money Talks," How to Read Latin on Coins
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On March 10, Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone will give a basic introduction to Latin as a language and how it is used on coins. No prior knowledge of Latin is required. This will be the first of a set of programs within the “Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations” series, in which ANS staff will teach how to read and understand foreign inscriptions on coins, ancient and modern. More…

 

The ABSS Trip to Nevada
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On September 20–23 the Augustus B. Sage Society will take its first U.S. excursion to Virginia City and Carson City, Nevada, where participants will explore the gold and silver mines along with 19th-century mansions, stores, saloons, and a number of captivating cemeteries. Also included in the tour is a visit to the Carson City Mint (today the Nevada State Museum) and much more. Read more …

 

Dr. Wartenberg to give a talk at VMFA
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On April 7, Executive Director Ute Wartenberg will be presenting Horses on Ancient Coins during “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art” Symposium at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: 2012.49.35, from the Collection of Archer Huntington. More…

 

Whitman Spring Expo in Baltimore, March 22–25
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The Society will be present at the Whitman Baltimore Spring Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center from March 22–25. Please be sure to stop by our table to renew your membership, review a publication, or just to say hello. More…

 

April "Money Talks," To Counterfeit Is Death
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To Counterfeit Is Death is a seldom enforced threat which is seen on many of the bills issued during our British Colonial and Confederation eras. Join Ray Williams on April 21 when he will be discussing the economic climate making paper money necessary, the counterfeiting of bills and the anti-counterfeiting measures taken, the famous (and not so famous) colonists involved with paper money. More… 

 

Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School
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Chief Curator Peter van Alfen will again be teaching for a week in July in the Monetary History and Numismatics Summer School at Koç University's AKMED center in Antalya, Turkey. Applications for the AKMED Summer School are now being accepted until April 27th. More…

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY IN REVIEW

Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art
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Beginning in the fifth century BC, Medusa became increasingly anthropomorphic and feminine, undergoing a visual transformation from grotesque to beautiful. "Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art," featuring a number of ANS coins, explores how the beautification of terrifying figures like Medusa, sirens, and other female half-human beings manifested in the idealizing humanism of Classical Greek art, and their enduring appeal in both Roman and later Western art. Open now through January 6, 2019. See More…

 

Mariangela Puglisi will be the 2018 Summer Seminar Visiting Scholar
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The ANS is pleased to announce that the Visiting Scholar for this year's Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics will be Prof. Mariangela Puglisi of the Università degli Studi de Messina. Prof. Puglisi is, among other things, a specialist in ancient coin iconography and coins found in archaeological excavations.

 

The Horse in Ancient Greek Art
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ANS coins are among the objects included in “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art” exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The show features Greek vases, sculpture, and coins that depict scenes from real-life horses pulling chariots to fantastical horses and horse-hybrids. Open now through July 8, 2018. See More…

 

A Visit from the Scuola D’Italia G. Marconi
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On February 17, students from the Scuola D’Italia G. Marconi visited the ANS. After Lucia Carbone presented an overview of the history of Roman coinage, Gilles Bransbourg discussed some relevant case studies from Imperial and Late antique coinage, and Peter van Alfen introduced them to the history of ANS and guided the group through the premises of the Society.

January 2018 E-News

UPCOMING & CURRENT EVENTS

"Money Talks" with Mark Tomasko, Bank Notes: Design to Print
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Join us on Saturday, February 3 for Bank Notes: Design to Print with Mark Tomasko. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Emma Pratte membership@numismatics.org or 212-571-4470, ext. 117. Read more...

 

The Eric P. Newman Summer Seminar is Now Accepting Applications
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With a deadline of February 23, 2018, the ANS is now accepting applications for the 64th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics to be held at the ANS in New York City from June 4–July 27, 2018. Read More...

 

NOW AVAILABLE
A Monetary History of Central America (Numismatic Studies 35)
by Brian Stickney
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A Monetary History of Central America takes a comprehensive approach to analyze the political, economic, and sociological events which influenced the evolution of coinage and medals in Central America. Read More...

 

The Arch of Titus Exhibition has been Extended
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The Arch of Titus—from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back opened on September 13 at the Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History in New York. The exhibition, originally set to close on February 1, was extended until April 5, 2018. Read More...

 

March "Money Talks", How to Read Latin on Coins
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Join us on March 10 for a “Money Talks" with Lucia Carbone. This will be the first of a set of programs within the “Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations” series, in which ANS staff will teach how to read and understand foreign inscriptions on coins, ancient and modern. No prior knowledge of Latin required. Read more…

 

The 2018 Annual Gala Dinner
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On Thursday, January 11, 2018, friends of the American Numismatic Society gathered to honor the Rosen Family with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner, held at the Harvard Club in New York City. Thank you to everyone who made the night such a success! Read More...

 

An Auction to Benefit the Society’s Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director
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The American Numismatic Society thanks Stanley DeForest Scott for the collection of beautiful coins donated to benefit the Society’s Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director. The coins were sold through live auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at the NY International Numismatic Convention. Together with the previous auction held in November, over $71,000 has been raised for this Endowment Campaign. A third group of US currency, also donated by Mr. Scott, will be sold at a forthcoming Stack’s auction. See More...

 

Various Staff Promotions at the Society
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On January 1, a number of senior appointments were made at the Society. Dr. Gilles Bransbourg, formerly Associate Curator of Roman coins, has been appointed to fill the position of Deputy Director. This senior position had been vacant since the departure of Andrew Meadows almost four years ago. Dr. Bransbourg, who holds a PhD in Roman history, came to the Society with a background in finance and management. He will oversee the financial management and membership operations, while continuing his numismatic research. Dr. Peter van Alfen, Margaret Thompson Curator of Greek Coins, has been named Chief Curator and will be in charge of all curatorial staff and collections. Dr. van Alfen joined the Society in 2002 and is a leading authority on ancient Greek coins as well as medallic art. Dr. Lucia Carbone is now Edlow Family Assistant Curator of Roman Coins; and Eshel Kreiter has joined the full-time staff in her position as Director of Development.

 

Seleucid Coins Online is Now Live
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The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of a new web-based research tool: Seleucid Coins Online (SCO). SCO aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the coinages struck by the Seleucid kings between ca. 320 BC–64 BC, from Seleucus I to Antiochus XIII. Read More...

 

The New York International Numismatic Convention
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We were pleased to greet many members and friends and welcome new members during the New York International Numismatic Convention at the Grand Hyatt Hotel which took place from January 11–13, 2018. Special thanks to Robert Hoge, Curator Emeritus, for helping at the table. Read More...

 

Columbia University at the ANS
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As part of its educational programs, the American Numismatic Society is holding a seminar for students of Columbia University. Dr Lucia Carbone, Edlow Family Assistant Curator of Roman Coins, is teaching a 14-week course, where students will learn the basics of Roman Republican coinage, handle specimens from the Society’s collection and write a research paper.

 

More than 20,000 Roman Republican Coins Added to CRRO
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In a watershed moment for Roman Republican numismatics, 20,237 coins with high-resolution IIIF images from the Bibliothèque nationale de France have been incorporated into the Nomisma.org SPARQL endpoint, and are therefore available in Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (CRRO). This nearly doubles the coverage of Republican coinage—there had previously been about 26,000 coins available through CRRO from 18 museums or archaeological databases. Read More...

 

2018 Archaeological Institute of America/Society for Classical Studies Joint Annual Meeting
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ANS Assistant Curator of Romans Coins, Lucia Carbone, and Deputy Director, Gilles Bransbourg, were participants in the 2018 Archaeological Institute of America/Society for Classical Studies Joint Annual Meeting in Boston, from January 5–7. They had been invited as respondents to a joint AIA-SCS numismatic session, “Coins and Trade: The Evidence of Long-Distance Exchange”. Read More...

 

NOW AVAILABLE
Faces of Power: Roman Gold Coins
from the Victor A. Adda Collection
edited by Haim Gitler and Gil Gambas
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Faces of Power was compiled on the occasion of the special exhibition Faces of Power at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, featuring the unique collection of Victor A. Adda. ONLY 30 COPIES AVAILABLE. Read More...

 

The 2017 Year End Appeal
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The Board of Trustees and staff of the ANS would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our members and friends who contributed to our 2017 Year End Appeal. Your support is critical to the Society and helps us continue with many important projects. We truly appreciate your commitment and show of support.

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December 2017 E-News


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Happy New Year!
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Thank you to all our members for your generous support throughout 2017 with best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2018.

 

Last Chance to Make a Donation in 2017!
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There are only two days left until the end of the year. Make your tax-deductible donation to the Year End Appeal today!

 

The Gala is Two Weeks away!
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The 2018 Annual Gala Dinner will take place on January 11, at the Harvard Club of New York City in honor of the Rosen family. If you are interested in coming and have not yet purchased your tickets, please visit our website for tickets, tables, advertising or call 212-571-4470, ext. 117 for more information

To those of you already showing your support to the gala, thank you!

 

An Auction to Benefit the ANS
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Auction to Benefit the American Numismatic Society’s Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director

The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the availability, by auction, of beautiful coins donated by Stanley DeForest Scott to benefit the Society’s Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director. The live auctions by Stacks Bowers Galleries will take place on January 15–16, 2018 at the NY International Numismatic Convention.

Included in 10 lots is a 19th Century German Ducat, a 16th Century British Sovereign, and a 2nd century Indian Dinar. Please visit the Stack Bowers page to view all lots and auction information.

 

The 46th New York International Numismatic Convention
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The of the 46th New York International Numismatic Convention will be held from January 12–14 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, located at 109 East 42nd Street, New York. Come visit the ANS booth in the convention lobby! Public admission is $20 for a three-day pass valid throughout the event. A $5 discount coupon valid Friday–Sunday can be printed from the NYINC website.

 

 

 

DECEMBER IN REVIEW

 

Wine & Coins
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On December 16, the ANS hosted the December Money Talks, “Wine & Coins.” Lead by Alex Conison—a wine expert whose PhD focused on the economics of the ancient Roman wine trade—and curators Lucia Carbone, David Hendin, Peter van Alfen and Gilles Bransbourg, coins of Greece, the Attalids, Rome, Judaea, and modern tokens from France, the US, and Britain were presented alongside a selection of wines linked to these locations and their ancient winemaking traditions.

 

The Later Republican Cistophori Book Signing
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On December 6 the ANS hosted a book launch for The Later Republican Cistophori by William Metcalf. The night included a few remarks on the book, a book signing, and Prof. Nathan Elkins announced that his mentor, Prof. Metcalf, would be given a Festschrift in 2018 featuring contributions from his closest friends and colleagues to honor a lifetime of numismatic scholarship.

 

The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery

The ANS has on loan six coins in The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery which opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 12, 2017. The exhibition showcases a set of 12 silver-gilt standing cups from the 16th century known collectively as the Aldobrandini Tazze, each featuring one of the 12 Caesars. Although the Tazze are among the finest and rarest examples of 16th-century European silverwork, little is known about their creation. The exhibit answers some questions about their mysterious past and presents the Tazze alongside selection of other works in silver and other media, including both ancient and Renaissance coins and medals and Renaissance prints, books, and paintings. The exhibit on now through March 11, 2018.

 

Visitors to the Cabinet
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We had a number of visitors to the ANS this month. Among them, we were visited by Richard Cacchione, the head of the Peruvian Numismatic Society (pictured), who was given a tour by the collections manager, Dr. Elena Stolyarik. Stuart Weinerman visited the ANS in connection with his research on coins, medals, and tokens that bear the Hebrew name of God. Alexandria Kotoch of the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University visited to look at possible coins to borrow for an upcoming exhibit.