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Upcoming Events and Announcements


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


July in Review

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

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

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

Announcements & Upcoming Events

We are back!
We are pleased to be sending you our June E-News from the ANS headquarters in New York City. Our first from the office in over three months. We began opening up on June 22, when New York City entered Phase 2, and we will be up and running fully by July 6. Though we won’t be able to welcome visitors for the foreseeable future, we will continue the virtual lectures and discussion— all of which have been so well-received during these last few months and will now be enhanced by access to the collection. We look forward to continuing to visit with all of you online.


July 18 Money Talks | “An Introduction to the State Coinages of the Confederation, 1785–1788”
Join Ray Williams on July 18 for a Money Talks on State coinages of the Confederation. Under the “Articles of Confederation,” the rights of the individual states to coin money was recognized. The states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey took advantage and passed legislation authorizing the production of a copper coinage. Vermont was not yet a state, but followed suit. When the Constitution was ratified, it took away the states’ rights to produce their own coinage. We will present an overview of the legislation, mints, people involved, and the coins themselves. More...


The 2020 Mid-Year Appeal Continues Through July
Thanks to your unwavering loyalty and generosity, we have been able to set an ambitious pace for 2020. Highlights of recent activity are described in the 2020 Mid-Year Appeal flyer. Today we ask that you please consider making a donation so we can continue to build on the momentum we have gained so far. Many of you have already contributed, thank you! Make a Donation.


The Planchet
Ep. 4, A Brief History of Women Coin Collectors
The fourth episode of The Planchet features guest ANS Trustee Mary Lannin talking about five notable women coin collectors from the 15th to the 20th centuries, and the state of the field in 2020: Isabella d’Este, Comtesse Martine de Béhague, Olga H. Knoepke, Elisabeth Washburn King, and Emery May Norweb. More…


The 2020 JEAN is here!
The first JEAN of 2020 will be mailed out this week! "Collecting American Colonial Coins in Eighteenth-Century England," by Jeff Rock, "Aztec Influence in Early Spanish Colonial Four-Reales Coinage," 1538–1542 by Philip C. Ellsworth, "The Montreal Medal of Songose: A Case Study of Established Numismatic Lore" by Julia H. Casey.

The spring issue of ANS Magazine will also be arriving to members within the next two weeks.


An Important OCRE Update
Richard Abdy’s recent “Roman Imperial Coinage” Vol. II, Part 3 (the coinage of Hadrian) has been published to Online Coins of the Roman Empire. The project has established a concordance between old and new type numbers, making it possible for databases to transition to the new typology. In addition to digitizing the information in the volume, the OCRE update creates “supertypes,” a valuable tool for collectors. The use of a “supertype” allows related coins to be grouped where no 1:1 relationship exists between the old and the new volumes. More...


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A New Monograms Function in Hellenistic Royal Coinages
With the help of Mark Pyzyk, Lauren Tomanelli, and Oliver Hoover, we have been systematically digitizing the monograms appearing on the coins covered in our online resources under the Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) banner, these include the coinages of Philip II of Macedon and Alexander III in PELLA, the coins of the Seleucids in Seleucid Coins Online and the coins of the Ptolemies in Ptolemaic Coins Online. Nearly 5,000 individual monograms have been created as scalable and printable svg files. Individual IDs have then been created for each monogram, which is then linked to the type record in HRC for the coin type on which the monogram appears, whether in PELLA, SCO, or PCO.  More...


June in Review

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Money Talks
| “Stories and Conversations as Recorded by Seleucid Coins”
On June 6, Adjunct Curator, Oliver D. Hoover hosted a Money Talks ‘Story Time’ and spoke on Seleucid coins and the tales they can tell us. Among its many wonders, the ANS cabinet houses the largest collection of Seleucid coins in the world. Whether it is about their royal issuers, the cities in which they were produced, or even each other, there is always something to say. Watch on the ANS YouTube Channel.


Long Table
June Long Table discussions included Signs of Inflation with Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg, Topics in Biblical and Judean Coins with ANS Trustee and First Vice President David Hendin with Chief Curator of Archaeology and Curator of Numismatics at the Israel Museum Haim Gitler, Preparing your Manuscript for Publication with Director of Publication Andrew Reinhard, and The Richard B. Witschonke Collection with Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone. With a pause for the holiday, the next Long Table will be hosted by Daniel Carr on July 10—designer of the New York and Rhode Island State Quarters, who now runs Moonlight Mint. See Long TableArchive.


Jesse Kraft Interviewed about a Town Printing Wooden 'Money'
Assistant Curator Dr. Jesse Kraft was interviewed by Francesca Giuliani-Hoffman, CNN, about a program in Tenino, WA where wooden money is being printed as COVID relief for their residents. Each resident gets $300 in this wooden money to spend, then the business owners who receive them can turn them into the local government for US currency. Read more.


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Money Talks
| “What's New at the Newman Portal?”
On June 27, ANS Fellow and NNP Project Coordinator Len Augsburger gave a very well attended virtual Money Talks on The Newman Numismatic Portal— an online numismatic library that holds over 40,000 items. He provided an overview of the collection and, in particular, discussed activities at the ANS library. Watch on the ANS YouTube Channel.


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Jesse Kraft Consulted on Cleaning your Money
Dr. Jesse Kraft was interviewed on KNTV (San Francisco NBC affiliate) by Chris Chmura on money "laundering" or how to properly clean your money during COVID-19. It aired on June 15 in the Bay area and in other locations thereafter. Watch on NBC.

Money Talks
| "Die Münzprägung von Milet: Neue Forschungen und Wege"
On June 25 Professor Dr. Bernhard Weisser of Berlin, ANS Research Curator Dr. Ute Wartenberg of New York, and Rudolf Hilbert of München gave a Money Talks lecture for our German-speaking members, covering Miletus and ancient minting techniques.

May 2020 E-News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcements and Upcoming Events Dr. Ute Wartenberg Steps Down to Focus on Research The American Numismatic Society announced this week that its Executive Director, Dr. Ute Wartenberg, has decided to step down from her position to return to full-time research. She will remain at the Society as a full-time Research Curator while also serving as…
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September 2019 E-News

Upcoming Events and Announcements 2019 Huntington Award to Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tekin The Trustees of the American Numismatic Society have voted to bestow upon Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tekin the 2019 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his scholarly work on ancient Greek and Roman numismatics. The award ceremony will be held on Friday, November 8…
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