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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! 

UPCOMING & CURRENT EVENTS

 

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The 2019 Annual Gala Dinner

Ticket and table prices are now available for the 2019 Annual Gala Dinner honoring our former First Vice President, Mike Gasvoda. The Gala will take place on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the Harvard Club, 35 West 44th Street, New York City. Cocktails begin at 6:30 and Dinner and Program at 7:30. See the full Press Release

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2018 Huntington Award

ANS Fellow Dr. John Kleeberg will be honored with the 2018 Archer M. Huntington Award on Tuesday, December 4. Dr. Kleeberg will give the Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture: “Dr. William H. Sheldon, Ted Naftzger, and the Large Cent Thefts.” More…

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December Money Talks |
Wine & Coins

On Saturday, December 8, join Alex Conison, PhD on the Ancient Roman wine trade and senior brand manager for Jose Cuervo USA, and MJ McNamara, PhD candidate in classics and NYC chef, with our Deputy Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg for an edible history of ancient Rome. Come and enjoy food prepared using ancient Roman recipes, paired with wine of the ancient world, and see the coins that would have paid for it all. Limited Space available. Please RSVP. More…

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The Metcalf Festschrift will Arrive Next Month

Arriving at the ANS on December 19 is Concordia Disciplinarum: Essays on Ancient Coinage, History, and Archaeology in Honor of William E.Metcalf  (Numismatic Studies 38). The Festschrift, edited by Dr. Nathan Elkins and Dr. Jane DeRose Evans, contains 20 new articles mostly on ancient Roman coinage by Metcalf’s colleagues. Learn more about the book

YEA-online-2The Year End Appeal is Now On!

As 2018 draws to a close, we ask all of you who share our passion for numismatics to make a donation to the ANS. Your contributions mean more than ever to the Society. A small gift that helps us keep the lights on or covers the cost of photographing a coin is just as necessary as one that allows us to publish a book or sponsor a curator’s research. All these donations add up to make possible our many and varied projects.

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The Second Issue of JEAN

The second issue of the Journal of Early American Numismatics (JEAN) will be published for subscribers at the end of 2018. Contents include: Gary A. Trudgen, "Walter Mould: Convicted Felon,” "The People vs. Counterfeit Coppers,” and "Samuel Atlee’s New York City Brewery and Mint;” David D. Gladfelter, "From Little Acorns”; Christopher R. McDowell, "A New Look and Fresh Theory on the Origins of the Rhode Island Ship Medal”; and John M. Kleeberg, "The Continental Dollar: British Medals or American Coins?” To subscribe or to renew your subscription for 2019 please contact Emma Pratte at 212.571.4470 x117 or by email at membership@numismatics.org.

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Pondera Online: Third Workshop

Pondera Online: Third Workshop—a conference focusing on ancient measures and weights standards—will feature a session chaired by Executive Director Ute Wartenberg entitled “Defining Tricky Standards,” and another, “Archaic and Classical Weights,” during which Dr. Wartenberg and ANS Fellow John Kroll of Oxford University will be presenting. The workshop will be held in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belguim from December 12–14. See full Program

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The Final Magazine of 2018

ANS Magazine’s fourth issue of 2018 is at the printer and will arrive in Members’ mailboxes before year’s end. Features include “Amicus to Domus: Analyzing Agrippa’s Relationship to Augustus through Coinage,” by Thomas Foster; “The Cartier Papers: The Birth of a Numismatic Journal in Nineteenth-Century France,” by Sarah Busschaert; “Jules Éduard Roiné, Medals in Books, and the Birth of the Medallic Art Company,” by David Hill; and “Rescuing American Heritage: The ANS Acquires the Archives of the Medallic Art Company,” by Ute Wartenberg.

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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the ANS every time you shop, at no additional cost to you. When you buy your holiday gifts at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the ANS! 

NOVEMBER IN REVIEW

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Version 2 of SCO is now live!

The ANS is pleased to announce the release of version 2 (v.2) of the web-based research tool: Seleucid Coins Online (SCO). As a component of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) project, the newly unveiled version of SCO v.2 completes the type corpus incorporating material related to Seleucid Coins, Part I, covering the reigns from Seleucus I to Antiochus III (c. 320–187 BC), and the material in Part II covering the reigns from Seleucus IV to Antiochus XIII (187–64 BC) as well as the posthumous Roman imitations (63–14/13 BC). 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 in the early 20th century­, and for more than a century it produced the work of America’s finest artists. On November 17, Dr. Ute Wartenberg and Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen spoke about the acquisition and gave attendees an up-close look at the MACO medals, dies, galvanos, and records.

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150th Anniversary of the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Dr. Wartenberg represented the ANS the 150th Anniversary of the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin—a colloquium and official ceremony held on November 22 in Berlin that was attended by over 100 guests. During the day of celebration various speakers discussed the history of the museum and its extraordinary collections.

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A Handheld History
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Peter van Alfen spoke 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 Antiquity to Recent Past, was a part of an event celebrating the college’s new exhibit: A Handheld History: Five Centuries of Medals from the Molinari Collection at Bowdoin College. The medals will be on display at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through January 20, 2019. A video of the panel discussion will be made available on the Museum’s website. More…

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Art and Memory: The Role of Medals

The Medal Collectors of America and the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) hosted “Art and Memory: The Role of Medals” at the MHS headquarters in Boston on November 10. Many ANS associates spoke on the role of medals in American history including Ute Wartenberg, Robert Hoge, and John Adams. 

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School Visits to the ANS

On November 7 a group of 22 students from Riverdale School 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 ten students, this time from the Bronx School of Law and Finance, visited ANS on November 20. 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 on the history of Roman coinage. 

Upcoming Events

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2019 Gala Tickets Now Available

Ticket and table prices are now available for the 2019 Annual Gala Dinner honoring our former First Vice President, Mike Gasvoda. The Gala will take place on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Harvard Club, 35 West 44th Street, New York City. Cocktails begin at 6:30 and Dinner and Program at 7:30. See the full Press Release.

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2018 Huntington Award

Dr. John Kleeberg will be honored with the 2018 Archer M. Huntington Award on Tuesday, December 4. Dr. Kleeberg will give the Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture: “Dr. William H. Sheldon, Ted Naftzger, and the Large Cent Thefts.” 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 in the early 20th century­, and for more than a century it produced the work of America’s finest artists. Join Executive Director Dr. Ute Wartenberg and Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen on Saturday, November 17 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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Dr. Wartenberg and other ANS Associates Speak on the Medallic Arts

The Medal Collectors of America and the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) will be hosting “Art and Memory: The Role of Medals” at the MHS headquarters in Boston on Saturday, Nov. 10. Many ANS associates will speak on the role of medals in American history including Dr. Ute Wartenberg, Dr. Robert Hoge, and Mr. John Adams. See the full list of speakers...

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150th Anniversary of the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museum zu Berlin

Dr. Wartenberg will be representing the American Numismatic Society at the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museum zu Berlin. A colloquium and official ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 22, in Berlin, during which the history of the museum and its extraordinary collections will be illuminated. View Full Program.

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December Money Talks | Wine & Coins

On Saturday, December 8, join Alex Conison, PhD on the Ancient Roman wine trade and senior brand manager for Jose Cuervo USA, and Mary Jean Macamara, PhD candidate in classics and NYC chef, with our Deputy Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg for an edible history of ancient Rome. Come and enjoy food prepared using ancient Roman recipes, paired with wine of the ancient world, and see the coins that would have paid for it all. 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 Antiquity to Recent Past will take place on November 13 at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. More…

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San Francisco International Coin Show

ANS Vice-President David Hendin and Trustee Mary Lannin will represent the ANS at the San Francisco International Coin Show to be held at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway on Nov 30th–Dec 1st, 2018. Mr. Hendin will be giving a talk: “Insights on the Biblical Narrative from Judean and New Testament Coins.” Stop by the booth to say hello and remember—any member who signs up a friend will get a $50 credit towards any ANS publication. More...

OCTOBER IN REVIEW

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San Francisco International Coin Show

ANS Vice-President David Hendin and Trustee Mary Lannin will represent the ANS at the San Francisco International Coin Show to be held at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway on Nov 30th–Dec 1st, 2018. Mr. Hendin will be giving a talk: “Insights on the Biblical Narrative from Judean and New Testament Coins.” Stop by the booth to say hello and remember—any member who signs up a friend will get a $50 credit towards any ANS publication. More...

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War and Peace in Miniature

Mount Vernon’s Donald W. Reynolds Education Center—housed on George Washington’s personal estate—opened a exhibition War and Peace in Miniature: Medals from the American Numismatic Society. It features medals awarded by the Continental Congress to honor military commanders who defeated their British opponents, medals commemorating the U.S.’s peacetime efforts towards diplomacy and trade, and six rare examples of Indian peace medals from George Washington’s administration. The exhibit will be on view in Mount Vernon through March 31, 2020. More…

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2017 Saltus Award to Bogomil Nikolov

On October 8 Dr. Wartenberg traveled to Bulgaria to present Bogomil Nikolov with the 2017 Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal. The ceremony was held at the ACADEMIA Gallery of the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, before a thoroughly packed house of well-wishers and admirers. Those who attended were also able to view an exhibition of Nikolov’s work, which was on display from October 1 to 19. More…

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

Librarian and Archivist David Hill welcomed a group of members 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 were passed around and discussed.

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2017–2018 Acquisitions on Display

Collections Manager Dr. Elena Stolyarik and MACO Collection Manager Taylor Hartley curated a selection from the 2017–2018 acquisitions for exhibition at the ANS office, featuring MACO medals, and coins and banknotes. Thank you to all of our donors.  

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XXV Annual ICOMON Meeting

Ute Wartenberg delivered the keynote address at the XXV Annual ICOMON Meeting on “Future-proofing Numismatics in Museums: Issues of Conservation and Collection Management” held on October 3-6 at the Numismatic Museum in Athens, Greece. ANS Trustee Mary Lannin also presented “Women as Numismatic Curators: Equals in an Unequal World?” where she examined the role of women as curators in numismatic museums.

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2018 Baltimore Winter Expo

Ute Wartenberg, Gilles Bransbourg, and Membership Associate Emma Pratte welcomed members at the 2018 Baltimore Winter Expo from October 25–28 and signed up seven new people. A special thanks to Ray Williams! More... 

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Former Seminar Student named CEO of Cummer Museum

Adam Levine, Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar Class of 2009, will begin his new role as CEO of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Levine has more than 10 years of management and curatorial experience. From 2011 to 2013 he served as collections management assistant at the Greek and Roman Art Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In 2009, he cofounded the Art Research Technologies in New York City and served as CEO until 2012. More…

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U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association Convention

On October 11–13, Gilles Bransbourg represented the ANS at the 7th Annual U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona where we were honored to receive the 2018 U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association award for outstanding contribution to the promotion of numismatics. Dr. Bransbourg brought a selection of colonial and post-independence Mexican coins from the ANS collection and welcomed six new members to the Society. Special thanks for Kyle Ponterio. More…

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Arms and Armor in Archaic Coins

On October 19, Peter van Alfen gave a talk, “Arms and Armor in Archaic Coins,” at The Anthropology and Aesthetics of Arms and Armor conference hosted by Columbia University and Paris Sciences et Lettres. More...

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!

 

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

 

JUNE IN REVIEW

 

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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.