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2017 October Enews



An Auction to Benefit the ANS

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

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the availability, by auction, of beautiful medals donated by Stanley DeForest Scott to benefit the Society’s Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director. The event will take place at the November 2017 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo in Baltimore, MD, by Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

Included in the 43 lots are American Revolutionary Era medals such as a bronze 1777 General Horatio Gates, a bronze 1779 DeFleury at Stony Point, and a silver 1781 Lieutenant Colonel John Egar Howard. Also included are medals from the early 1800s including a bronze 1814 Major General Edmund P. Gaines, and a silver 1804 Commodore Edward Preble.

Other lots include a number of Indian Peace medals, among them a bronze 1797 John Adams and a bronze 1809 James Madison. Also featured are a 1908 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, a “1799” (1800) Washington Funeral Urn Medal, and an extremely fine, framed, cast bronze Washington Portrait medal.

For a complete listing of the 43 lots for online bidding, go to the Stacks Bowers Page.


Latest Book is available now!

Roman Coins, Money, and Society in Elizabethan England by Richard Simpson, Andrew Burnett, and Deborah Thorpe is now available for purchase! Publishing Sir Thomas Smith’s On the Wages of the Roman Footsoldier, which has been a virtually unknown work to modern scholarship and, although it is the first original work written in England to use the evidence of ancient coins, it has previously played no part in the history of numismatics. The book throws new light on the “Cambridge circle,” the group of academics-turned-politicians who played a crucial role in the smooth accession of Elizabeth I. It is accompanied by a biography by Richard Simpson to remedy some of the misconceptions about Smith, and to set OWRF and his other writings in a biographical framework. A full transcript of OWRF is also included.


November Money Talks

On Saturday November 18, join Jonathan Kagan, who has collected rare numismatic books for the last 40 years, and David Hill, Francis D Campbell Librarian and ANS archivist, for November’s Money Talks: “Numismatic Book Collecting.” They will examine the notion of collectible books and manuscripts and consider their place in private and public collections in the age of the Internet.


The Later Republican Cistophori November pre-sale

For the month of November only we are offering a special pre-sale price of $40 on The Later Republican Cistophori by former ANS Chief Curator William E. Metcalf before it is released in December! The book catalogs and illustrates some 523 cistophori and fractions from the mints of Ephesus, Pergamum, Tralles, and Apameia, as well as the “ATPA” series and related issues. A detailed commentary discusses the Roman magistrates and the Greek signers of their coinages as well as the metrology and fineness of the cistophori. This work also includes cistophori from the collection of Richard B. Witschonke.


2017 Baltimore Winter Expo

Executive Director Ute Wartenberg, Associate Curator Gilles Bransbourg, and new Membership Assistant Emma Pratte will be representing the ANS at the 2017 Baltimore Winter Expo from November 9–11. Stop by booth 912 and say hello! A number of books will be available for pre-order, including the special convention price of $49.95 for Brian Stickney’s upcoming book, A Monetary History of Central America.


The 2018 Annual Gala
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Next year’s Gala will take place on January 11, 2018 at the Harvard Club of New York City in honor of the Rosen family. More details are soon to come!


Dr. van Alfen’s Talk in Turkey

On November 1 and 2, Peter van Alfen will be attending the International Symposium on the Port Cities of the Aegean World: Coins, Seals and Weights, which will be held in both Izmir and Manisa, Turkey. Dr. van Alfen’s paper for the symposium is entitled “The Archaic Coinage of Phokaia and the Limits of Cooperation.” He will also read the paper “An unpublished cistophoric hoard (NC 2004, p. 106 no. 129) and the cistophoric production of the Provincia Asia in the First century BC” on behalf of Dr. Lucia Carbone. Other speakers at the symposium include former ANS Summer Seminar Visiting Scholar Michel Amandry of the Bibliothèque nationale de France and Alan Stahl, former ANS Curator and current curator of numismatics at Princeton University Library.


Dr. Stolyarik at the New York Numismatic Club

Collections Manager Elena Stolyarik will be speaking at the New York Numismatic Club’s 1,307th consecutive meeting on Friday, November 3 at the 3 West Club. Her talk will be on “Scythian-Greek Relations in the Black Sea (Pontic) Area: Numismatic Evidence.”





The 160th Annual Meeting

On Saturday, October 28 the ANS held its 160th Annual Meeting. Members, future members, and the general public enjoyed staff presentations on departmental progress and a reception, which followed. Mr. Daniel Hamelberg, Prof. Sebastian Heath, Mr. Robert A. Kandel, Prof. Andrew Meadows, Mr. John Nebel, and Dr. Christopher J. Salmon, were elected as Trustees. At the preceding Board meeting, five members were elected as Fellows of the Society; Mr. Peter Bartlett, Mr. E. Tomlinson Fort, Mr. Del Parker, Prof. Gary Reger, and Mr. John W. Wilson. Alan Helms was elected as an Honorary Life Fellow, and Glen W. Bowersock was designated an Honorary Life Fellow. If you weren’t able to join us, you can view the presentations on our Youtube page soon. Departmental reports are also available in our Annual Report on our website.


The 2017 Huntington Award to Dr. Roger Bland

On Friday, October 20, the ANS awarded the Archer M. Huntington medal to Dr. Roger Bland in recognition of his outstanding career contributions to numismatic scholarship. Dr. Bland also gave the Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture, entitled “How Coin Finds are Changing the face of Roman Britain: the Contribution of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.” “Dr. Bland’s research and published work on Roman Britain and its coin hoards has set new standards for numismatics and archaeologists,” said Prof. Jere Bacharach, the chair of the Society’s Huntington Committee. You can watch Dr. Bland’s lecture on Youtube.


High Resolution Images are now Available Online!
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The ANS is pleased to announce a new image-zooming feature in MANTIS , the online database of its numismatic collection, and ARCHER, the Society's digital archive. The ANS will now make its highest-resolution images freely available under a Creative Commons license, enabling researchers to zoom down into minute details of an object that were obscured in the lower-resolution images previously published. More than 160,000 numismatic objects have been photographed thus far and are available in this new interface. Beyond MANTIS, the high-resolution images of Roman Republican, Imperial, and Hellenistic coins will likewise be available within their respective online type corpora projects: Coinage of the Roman Republic OnlineOnline Coinage of the Roman Empire, and PELLA.


New faces at the ANS

The ANS welcomes three new people to the Society. Dr. Eric Krauss (left) is our new Curatorial Associate working on the American cabinets and database. He is currently researching Gobrecht dollars—looking into the circumstances of their creation and production—as well as accessioning a collection of Gasparro plasters. ANS Life Fellow Frank Kovacs (center) has also been appointed Curatorial Associate and will be working with our military decorations. Lara Jacobs (right) joins us through Internet Archive as the digital scanning technician. She will be digitizing ANS books and monographs for the Newman Numismatic Portal and Internet Archive. 


Google Arts & Culture and the ANS

The American Numismatic Society has partnered with Google Arts & Culture to present online exhibits of its collections through the Google Cultural Institute. The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters from the Great War marks the ANS’s first online exhibition, presented in seven sections. Featuring every medal and poster from the actual exhibit hosted at Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center from January 27 until April 9, 2017, online guests can browse high-definition images, view video, engage with maps, and link directly to the ANS’s object database for more information about the items on display.


October Money Talks

On Saturday, October 21 the ANS held its latest Money Talks. Len Augsburger, Ute Wartenberg, Andrew Reinhard, David Hill, and Peter van Alfen led the discussion on the future of digitization and looked at Linked Open Data and Open Access of which the ANS has a global leadership role. It was the only Money Talks conversation to be recorded—you can watch their talks on the ANS Youtube Channel today!


Gilbert School Visit

On October 4 twenty students from Gilbert High School visited the ANS. The group, accompanied by two teachers and by Elizabeth Butterworth, the Director of Development of Paideia Institute, was welcomed by ANS Curators Peter van Alfen, Gilles Bransbourg, and Lucia Carbone, who introduced them to the history of Roman and Greek coinage. The school trip was part of the program NYC Classical Day Tours that aims to introduce high school students to the ancient world and the classical tradition.


U.S. Mexican Numismatic Convention

On October 12–14 the ANS attended the U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Wartenberg and Membership Assistant Emma Pratte brought a selection of coins, including a couple of new acquisitions, and pre-sold A Monetary History of Central America—a new ANS publication by Brian Stickney. It was being offered at a special convention only price of $49.95 and will be available for the same price at the Baltimore Winter Expo!


Dr. van Alfen Lectures at Fairfield

On October 4 Peter van Alfen lectured to an honors class at Fairfield University on the origins of money and coinage. Taught by Prof. Giovanni Ruffini, the class is exploring various aspects of economies and economics in the ancient and modern worlds. Other guest lecturers in the class to date have included Prof. Joe Manning of Yale University, and former ANS Trustee Prof. Roger Bagnall of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.


OCRE Finalization
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During Open Access Week, we published the public white paper we authored about the finalization of the Online Coins of the Roman Empire project for the National Endowment for the Humanities. The white paper includes details on the process of developing OCRE, how it is being used as a research, identification, or teaching tool for various audiences, and how the development of OCRE has contributed to further progress in other areas of numismatics (for example, with the Hellenistic Royal Coinages project). The paper is available at



Recent Acquisitions

See what’s new at the library for September and October!


Membership Renewals
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Have you renewed your membership this year? It is not too late! If you aren’t sure, please contact Emma Pratte, and she can assist you. You can renew today for this year and 2018, at this year’s prices. You will receive two years of all the member benefits at the 2017 rate, including the ANS Magazine, free access to our library, consultations with our curators, discounts on publications, a reduced rate to our Money Talks lecture series, and invitations to special events. Renew online or contact the Membership Department at (212) 571-4470 ext. 117.



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In last month’s enews we mentioned a talk Dr. Wartenberg gave on the sale of the 1933 Double Eagle at Public Auction. We wrote that it was sold by Sotheby’s but our Fellow Harvey Stack wrote to remind us that public auction was in fact a joint sale of both Stack’s and Sotheby’s. We apologize for this omission.

2017 September Enews


October Money Talks

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Money Talks: The Future of Digitization, will be held on October 21. Numismatics remains uniquely placed for contributing to the digital future of the humanities. Join Leonard Augsburger of the Newman Numismatic Portal,  with Dr. Wartenberg, Director of ANS publications Andrew Reinhard, and ANS Librarian David Hill for an extended look at digitization, linked open data, and open access of which the ANS has a global leadership role. Partnerships with the Newman Numismatic Portal, the Internet Archive, HathiTrust, the Google Cultural Institute, and other organizations continue to push the digital envelope, allowing the sharing of high-quality data and images to fellow numismatists, historians, economists, archaeologists, collectors as well as the interested public. See these latest advances in technology first-hand, and get a glimpse into the future of digitization of coins, catalogues, and content at the ANS and beyond. After the success of our September talk, we are extending the number of attendees to 30! Please RSVP to reserve your spot today. This is an all day event—11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, lunch will be served. The entry fee for members is $50 and $85 for nonmembers.

 The 2017 Huntington Award Will Be Presented to Dr. Roger Bland


On October 20Roger Bland will receive the 2017 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Numismatic community. He will also present the 2017 Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture, How Coin Finds Are Changing the Face of Roman Britain: The Contribution of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.  Dr. Bland says, “After surveying the study of Roman coin finds in Britain from the sixteenth century to the present day, I will show how our understanding of these finds has been transformed in the last 40 years by the explosion in new finds brought to light through metal detecting. I will discuss how the 1996 Treasure Act and the Portable Antiquities Scheme have enabled us to record these finds and will finish by presenting some of the results of a research project to study hoards of Iron Age and Roman coins from Britain.”

The 160th ANS Annual Meeting


The Society’s 160th Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 28 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. The Society will unveil new donor plaques in recognition of outstanding support of the ANS.  A YouTube video of the presentation will be made available for those unable to attend the meeting.

The ANS will Attend the U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association Convention


Dr. Ute Wartenberg and the new Membership Assistant, Emma Pratte, will be attending the 6th annual U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association convention on October 12-14 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Stop by the ANS table to chat about coins, look over some books, and check out a selection of coins!

Dr. Gilles Bransbourg will speak at the University of Normandy, France

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ANS Associate Curator Gilles Bransbourg will speak on October 12 at the University of Normandy, France, as part of a conference dealing with the monetary use of silver coinage in the late Roman West before and after the fall of the Empire. His talk will focus on the potential choices of monetary standards open to the late Roman authorities —gold, bimetallic or trimetallic —and the reasons that led to the promotion of gold as the sole standard of value.

September in Review

September Money Talks is a success

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On September 16, the ANS hosted Counterfeits: The Threat to Collecting and Scholarship as the first Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations of the fall season. ANS Executive Director, Dr. Ute Wartenberg together with curator emeritus Robert Hoge and adjunct curator and ANS Trustee David Hendin spoke with a group of over 30 people. Personal collections and dubious pieces were brought and shared, as well as pieces from the ANS collection. Over the course of the day, three anomalies were discovered in the ANS coins—one piece that was thought to be fake turned out to real while another coin that was thought to genuine was found to be fake! The third was a curious Ides of March coin that turned out to be a fourrée—an ancient counterfeit made by plating copper with silver. Potentially made contemporarily with the legitimate Ides of March coins, this piece is just as rare as its real counterparts.

Dr. Wartenberg gives a lecture in Connecticut


On September 28 Dr. Wartenberg gave a lecture to the Darien Men’s Association in Darien, Connecticut. She presented a fascinating account of arguably the most valuable coin in the world–the 1933 $20 gold Double Eagle, which last sold in 2002 at a Sotheby’s auction for $7.6 million. It is a tale of alleged smuggling, King Farouk of Egypt, shady coin dealers, government agents conducting a “sting operation” and, of course, a few lawyers.

The Arch of Titus Opens at Yeshiva University Museum


On September 13 The Arch of Titus—from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back opened at the Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History in New York. This exhibition explores the Arch of Titus in Rome through its original and evolving cultural contexts. For this show the ANS selected a group of 33 extremely valuable coins. These include coins minted by Jewish rebels during the early years of the First Jewish Revolt against Rome. Other ANS coins in the exhibit were minted in Rome and Lugdunum in the years following the Roman sack of the Jerusalem Temple and feature a range of key allegorical and historical images, including “Judaea Capta” and the Flavian victory.

Dr. Nathan Elkins is the new AJN Ancient Editor

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American Journal of Numismatics Vol. 29 is currently in production. Beginning in 2018, ANS Fellow Dr. Nathan Elkins (Baylor University) will take over the editing responsibilities from Dr. Wartenberg for all articles set in the ancient Mediterranean world.

The Sage Society Trip to Spain

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Early this month, members of the Augustus B. Sage Society traveled to Spain where they visited Madrid, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona. Led by ANS Trustee and Fellow Mary Lannin, the group visited numerous historic sites, had private tours of museums, and enjoyed some of the wonderful food and culture that Spain has to offer.

Au Revoir Vivek


In September we bid farewell to Vivek Gupta. He was appointed to a one-year position as Assistant Curator/Fellow for Islamic and South Asian Coins in June 2016. During his time here at the ANS, Mr. Gupta worked on digitizing the Islamic and South Asia coinages. He is now off to London to complete his PhD at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

Ethan Gruber gives a Talk at NEH-Mellon Meeting

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On September 22, the ANS’s Director of Data Sciences Ethan Gruber, attended the NEH-Mellon Open Humanities Book Program managers meeting at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. He presented a short lightning round talk entitled ANS Ebooks and Linked Open Data: Gateway to the Future of Academic Publishing, when he discussed our project to digitize our backlist of monographs and link passages to other ANS resources such as MANTIS, the Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards (IGCH), and Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE).


Membership Renewals

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Have you renewed your membership this year? It is not too late! If you aren’t sure, please contact Emma Pratte, the Society’s new Membership Assistant, and she can assist you. You can renew today for this year and 2018, at this year’s prices. You will receive two years of all the member benefits at the 2017 rate, including the ANS Magazine, free access to our library, consultations with our curators, discounts on publications, a reduced rate to our Money Talks lecture series, and invitations to special events. Renew online or contact the Membership Department at (212) 571-4470 ext. 117.

Thank You


With September 30 comes the end of our fiscal year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and donors who supported the Society throughout the year. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. 

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2017 August Enews

News ANS Library Acquires Volume of Rare Pamphlets from the Library of Augustin Dupré From a recent Kolbe & Fanning auction, the ANS Library has acquired a bound volume of three pamphlets by renowned artist and engraver Augustin Dupré, famed for his work on French coins and for his designs of early U.S. medals, particularly…
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2017 July Enews

News Alan Helms Gifts the ANS a collection of African Artifacts Following his several earlier donations, Alan Helms has generously donated a new group of African numismatic objects to the ANS’s holdings, significantly expanding the collection's breadth in this area. This donation includes very rare and fine examples from modern-day Congo and Nigeria. Read Vivek Gupta’s…
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2017 June Enews

ANS Repatriates Coins On May 26, 2017, the ANS welcomed the Director and CEO of the Salzburg Museum, Consul General of the Austrian Consulate, and an attorney representing the Salzburg Museum, to New York for the repatriation of a group of 94 coins stolen from the Salzburger Museum Carolino-Augusteum in 1945. This group of coins…
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2017 May Enews

Mid Year Appeal The Society has made great progress so far this year. You can help us keep up the pace and continue our important work by donating to the Mid Year Appeal today! Your 100% tax-deductible gift will help us continue with advancing and promoting the study, research and appreciation of numismatics, while providing…
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2017 April Enews

Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture On Monday, May 1, 2017, the ANS will host the Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture, featuring a presentation by Phillip Wagoner, Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Wesleyan University. Prof. Wagoner’s lecture, “The Deccan as an Integrated Currency Zone: New Approaches to the Study of Peninsular Indian Coin Hoards…
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2017 March Enews

Hellenistic Royal Coinages Project Funded by NEH The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the ANS a substantial grant to fund the web-based Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) project. This three-year project (Phase 1, planned for 2017­2020) promises to radically transform the ability to identify and research Hellenistic royal coinages, and to incorporate this…
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2017 February Enews

Money Talks Lecture, “The Beginnings of Islamic Coinage" The Society is pleased to offer another lecture in the new series Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations, “The Beginnings of Islamic Coinage.” This lecture discusses the beginnings of Islamic coinage in the seventh century and its vast trajectories within the Arab lands and beyond. It begins with an…
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2017 January Enews

Thank You 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 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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