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January 2018 E-News

UPCOMING & CURRENT EVENTS

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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December 2017 E-News


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

DECEMBER IN REVIEW

 

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

 

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

 

The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery

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

 

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

November 2016 E-News


UPCOMING EVENTS

Wine & Coins Money Talks
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On Saturday, December 16, join Alex Conison—PhD from the University of Michigan on the Ancient Roman wine trade and current Brand Manager of Josh Cellars, one of America's premium wine brands—and curators Peter van Alfen, Gilles Bransbourg, Lucia Carbone, and David Hendin for the December “Wine & Coins” Money Talks. One of the foremost components of the nectar that the Olympians drank to preserve their immortality, wine was sacred to the ancient Greeks and associated, through Dionysus (Bacchus for the Romans), with theater and poetry. Wine plays a major ritual role in Judaism as well, with grapes, vines, and amphoras being represented at different stages of Jewish ancient coinage, to the extent that Greeks and Romans believed Jews had a cult of Dionysus. In the modern period, wine and grapes have resurfaced mostly on tokens designed to promote wine brands. Coins of Greece, the Attalids, Rome, Judaea, and modern tokens from France, the US, and Britain will be presented alongside a selection of wines linked to these locations and their ancient winemaking traditions. This event with Wine Tasting is $100 for Members and Non-Members $125. Without Wine Tasting: Members $50, Non-Members $75. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Emma Pratte at membership@numismatics.org.

 

The Later Republican Cistophori Book Launch
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On December 6 at 5:30 the ANS will be hosting a book launch and reception for The Later Republican Cistophori by Dr. William Metcalf. This event is free, and books will be available for signing for the special price of $40. 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.

 

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. Check our website for tickets, advertising, and more information on the Honorees.

 

 

NOVEMBER IN REVIEW

An Auction to Benefit the ANS
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The ANS would like to thank Stanley DeForest Scott for his donation of 43 beautiful American medals that were auctioned at Stack’s Bowers Galleries' November 2017 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Winter Expo. The sale raised a significant amount of money for the Society’s Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director. Visit the Stack Bowers website to see the realized auction results.

 

Roman Coins, Money, and Society in Elizabethan England
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Roman Coins, Money, and Society in Elizabethan England by Richard Simpson, Andrew Burnett, and Deborah Thorpe launched on November 1, and is now available for purchase. It publishes the full transcript of 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.

 

The Year-End appeal is now on!
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Please make a 100% tax-deductible gift to help the ANS continue advancing and promoting the study, research, and appreciation of numismatics. The Society has made great progress so far this year but we need your help to finish the year on a strong note.

Thank you to all of our members and friends who have already donated to this appeal. We are deeply grateful.
 

Money Talks, Numismatic Book Collecting
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On Saturday November 18, Jonathan Kagan, collector of rare numismatic books for the last 40 years, and David Hill, Francis D. Campbell Librarian and ANS Archivist, held the November “Numismatic Book Collecting” Money Talks. They discussed the notion of collectible books and manuscripts and considered their place in private and public collections in the age of the Internet.

 

2017 Baltimore Winter Expo
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Executive Director Ute Wartenberg, Associate Curator Gilles Bransbourg, and Membership Assistant Emma Pratte represented the ANS at the 2017 Baltimore Winter Expo from November 9–11. They offered a number of books including the upcoming A Monetary History of Central America by Brian Stickney, and the newest ANS publications: Roman Coins, Money, and Society in Elizabethan England and The Later Republican Cistophori. A special thanks to ANS Fellow Ray Williams for all of his help!

 

Dr. van Alfen gives a talk on Coinages of Phokaia
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From November 1–2, Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen attended the International Symposium on the Port Cities of the Aegean World: Coins, Seals and Weights, in Turkey where he presented a paper entitled “The Archaic Coinages of Phokaia and the Limits of Cooperation.” He also presented a paper for Assistant Curator, Dr. Lucia Carbone, who was not able to attend, entitled “An Unpublished Cistophoric Hoard and the Cistophoric Production of the Provincia Asia in the 2nd Century BC.” In between conference sessions, which took place in both İzmir (on November 1) at Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi and in Manisa (on November 2) at Celal Bayar Üniversitesi, Dr. van Alfen took time, along with former ANS Summer Seminar Visting Scholar and Huntington Award Medal recipient, Dr. Michel Amandry, to explore local museums and ruins, including the famed agora in Izmir.

 

NGC Photographing Chinese Coins
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At the beginning of November the NGC Ancients Certified Collectibles Group visited the ANS and photographed over 3,400 struck Chinese coins. Soon high-resolution digital images will be uploaded to the Society’s online database to supplement the East Asian collection of our coin cabinet.

 

 

AT THE ANS

Recent Acquisitions
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See what’s new at the Library! 

 

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.

 

Sponsor the ANS E-news

If you or your company would like to sponsor future issues of the ANS E-news, please contact Joanne Isaac, Museum Administrator, at (212) 571-4470 ext. 112 or jisaac@numismatics.org

 

Advertise in the Award-Winning ANS Magazine
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Support the ANS by advertising in the award-winning quarterly ANS Magazine. The ad deadline for issue no. 1 of 2018 is January 1, 2018. For more information about advertising rates and specs, visit the advertising page or contact Joanne Isaac, Museum Administrator, at magazine@numismatics.org or (212) 571-4470 ext. 112.

2017 October Enews


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

An Auction to Benefit the ANS
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.”

 

 

 

OCTOBER IN REVIEW

The 160th Annual Meeting
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1037040

 

AT THE ANS

Recent Acquisitions
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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.

 

 

Advertise in the Award-Winning ANS Magazine
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Support the ANS by advertising in the award-winning quarterly ANS Magazine. The ad deadline for issue no. 1 of 2018 is January 1, 2018. For more information about advertising rates and specs, visit the advertising page or contact Joanne Isaac, Museum Administrator, at magazine@numismatics.org or (212) 571-4470 ext. 112.

 

Sponsor the ANS E-news

If you or your company would like to sponsor future issues of the ANS E-news, please contact Joanne Isaac, Museum Administrator, at (212) 571-4470 ext. 112 or jisaac@numismatics.org

 

Erratum

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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).

AT THE ANS

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

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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. 

Sponsor the ANS E-news

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Advertise in the Award-Winning ANS Magazine

Support the ANS by advertising in the award-winning quarterly ANS Magazine. The ad deadline for issue no. 4 of 2017 is November 1, 2017. For more information about advertising rates and specs, visit the advertising page or contact Joanne Isaac, Museum Administrator, at magazine@numismatics.org or (212) 571-4470 ext. 112.

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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