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UPCOMING EVENTS

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MACO Archive Acquisition

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

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2019 Gala will Honor Mike Gasvoda

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

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The 161st Annual Meeting

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

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

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

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2017 Saltus Award to Bogomil Nikolov

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

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U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association 

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

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November Money Talks | Preserving US Medallic Art Heritage

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

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XXV Annual ICOMON

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

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Dr. Alan Stahl to Speak on Medals

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

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Why Coinage? Money and Its Origins in the Ancient World

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

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2018 Baltimore Winter Expo

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

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Holding History in the Palm of One's Hand

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

SEPTEMBER IN REVIEW

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Judean Coinage and Early Christianity

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

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Dr. Carbone and Colombia’s Olcott Collection

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

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2015 Magazines Are Now Available to the Public

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

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The History of Money at ISAW

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

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One of Our Youngest Visitors!

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

The 161st Annual Meeting

Saturday, 20 October 2018 | 3:00 pm The event is open to ANS members and the public. Officers of the Board of Trustees and staff will make remarks and presentations. Election of Trustees and a vote on proposed amendments to the By-laws will occur. New acquisitions will be on display. There will be a reception…
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September 28, 2018
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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 for $420,000 in bankruptcy proceedings of the Northwest Territorial Mint (NWTM) in a Seattle court. NWTM, which also operated a bullion business from its facilities in Dayton, Nevada, went bankrupt in 2016.  The Society’s interest was initially focused on recovering MACO’s dies, which had been used for decades to manufacture famous award and art medals, but once the ANS realized the full extent of the holdings for sale, the main aim became to rescue everything that would allow the Society to reconstruct the history of this important company.

The Medallic Art Company was founded in New York City around 1907, and for more than a century it produced the work of America’s finest artists, as well as served countless non-profit and for-profit institutions in their desires to produce commemorative, award, and other medals.  Until its demise, many of the most famous awards in the United States—including the Pulitzer Prize Medal, the Randolph Caldecott medal, and many of the official medals of Presidential inaugurations—were produced at the Medallic Art Company. Scores of notable portraits were also made there, commissioned from many of the most famous artists of their day. The beautiful medals and larger galvanos they left represent an almost complete Who’s-Who of 20th-century America.  In addition, many major companies had logos turned into medallic or sculptural plaques by MACO.

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The moving and storage of this mass of material, much of it made of steel, copper, or other metals, proved a major challenge.  The ANS was fortunate to have a partner in Medalcraft Inc. and its CEO, Jerry Moran, who had purchased the more recent dies (of medals created after 1998). The roughly 20,000 older dies were shipped to the headquarters of Medalcraft in Wisconsin, and ANS will discuss with Medalcraft the future of these dies over the coming months.

An equally demanding task will be the selection of galvanos and die-shells for the Society’s permanent collection.  The approximately 15,000 such items, made from copper, epoxy, plaster and other materials, are among the most intriguing and beautiful materials acquired by the ANS.  Thanks to the organizational talent of Rob Vugteveen, a former employee of Northwest Territorial Mint now working for Holabird Americana, a team of a dozen students were able to help pack and move some of these items to an off-site storage location. At the same time, a team of photographers, led by Lou Manna, bar-coded and photographed a large proportion of these objects, all in a warehouse in Nevada without air conditioning in the middle of the summer.  Executive Director Ute Wartenberg, who herself traveled to Nevada to help pack the collection, praised the efforts of this team: “Without the help of Rob Vugteveen, the ANS would have not been able to achieve this Herculean task. The ANS also owes an enormous gratitude to Fred Holabird, whose local connections made all this possible and who was instrumental in finding an affordable warehouse near Dayton where the material could be stored.”

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The Society’s Board of Trustees has set up a committee of Trustees, staff, and expert members, who will review ways of dealing with the sheer mass of material, which currently resides in three separate locations.  Taylor Hartley, a full-time ANS staff member and a specialist in early 20th century sculpture, has begun to catalog the archive of sample medals and compare them with the extensive holdings already in the Society’s collection.  Part of what the ANS purchased were also extensive catalogs, which were compiled over many years by NWTM staff members Cathy Swinburg and Rob Vugteveen, who were able to rely on former MACO Historian and ANS member Dick Johnson for assistance. ANS President Syd Martin stated, “Our number one goal is to catalog all the different pieces and publish them in a separate database online and write a history of this extraordinary company, but it is clear that the Society will not be able to retain the entire collection that it acquired.  Over the next years, we will have to decide on a plan how to sell and market a portion of the galvanos and die-shells.” In due course, the ANS will set up a dedicated website that will keep members and the public informed about discoveries and further plans.

The American Numismatic Society, organized in 1858 and incorporated in 1865 in New York State, operates as a research museum under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is recognized as a publicly supported organization under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) as confirmed on November 1, 1970.

 

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  1. A selection of MACO medals.

  2. Rob Vugteveen in front of the shelves of dies and galvanos at NWTM, Dayton, Nevada.

  3. Galvano for one of Edward Warren Sawyer’s portrait medals of Native American leaders. This portrait of Esh-Sha-A-Nish-Is of the Cheyenne Nation was made in 1912.

Money Talks | ANS History

May the Little Things Not Perish: The History of the ANS with David Hill, ANS Librarian and Archivist Saturday, October 13, 2018 1:00 $30 members/$50 for non-members Almost from the beginning, the motto of the ANS has been parva ne pereant (may the little things not perish), symbolically represented by an acorn growing into a…
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2017 Saltus Award to Bogomil Nikolov

September 11, 2018 New York, NY for immediate release 2017 J. Sanford Saltus Award to Bogomil Nikolov Bulgarian artist Bogomil Nikolov is the recipient of the 2017 J. Sanford Saltus Award for excellence in medallic art, which will be awarded to him at an event held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The ceremony will take place at…
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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.

Money Talks | David Hendin

Judean Coinage and Early Christianity with David Hendin September 20, 2018 5:00 $30 for members/$50 for nonmembers David Hendin will discuss 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. He will discuss ancient scale weights, coins of Hasmoneans,…
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2018 Nomination and Governance

The Nominating and Governance Committee, pursuant to Art. V Sec. 12 of the ANS By-Laws approved for publication all of the nominees as follows:   The following Trustee candidates have been nominated for a three-year term (until the relevant annual meeting of Fellows in 2021, and until his or her successor shall have been elected…
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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

 

IMG_20180712_175048Farewell to the 2018 Summer Seminar Students

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

 

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

 

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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.