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the Augustus B. Sage Society Trip to Spain

the Augustus B. Sage Society Trip to Spain by Mary N. Lannin In September a group of Augustus B. Sage Society members went on a 10-day tour of Spain, traversing the country and visiting the beautiful cities of Madrid, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona. Although our trip took place just before the dramatic events…
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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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Eric M. Krauss

Eric M. Krauss, Curatorial Associate Ph.D., Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, 1983 M.D., Cornell University Medical College, 1978 A.B., Biochemical Science, Harvard College, 1974 Eric Krauss joined the staff of the American Numismatic Society in 2017 upon retirement from medical practice. His interests center on federal and private issues of the United States, numismatic photography,…
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Press Release | 2018 Annual Gala

January 2018 New York, NY for immediate release The American Numismatic Society 2018 Annual Gala Dinner On Thursday, January 11, 2018, approximately 180 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…
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Thank You for Another Successful Gala

The American Numismatic Society wishes to thank all those who supported the 2018 Annual Gala, held on Thursday, January 11, 2018, when more than 170 friends gathered at the Harvard Club in New York City to honor the Rosen Family with the Trustees’ Award.

Benefactor Sponsors
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Edlow
The Rosen Family

Sustainer Sponsor
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Adams

Friend Sponsors
Anderson & Anderson and
Whitman Publishing, LLC
Dr. Alain Baron - Numismatica Genevensis SA
Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. and Nomos AG
Fortuna Fine Arts
Heritage Auctions
Mr. Sydney F. Martin
Mr. Lawrence R. Stack and the Stack Family
Stack's Bowers Galleries
Mr. Anthony J. Terranova
Vilmar Numismatics

Supporters

Mr. Leonard D. Augsburger
Austin & Co., Inc.
Mr. Harlan J. Berk
Mr. G. Max Bernheimer, Christie’s Inc.
Mr. Robert Brueggeman
Mr. William A. Burd
Mr. Jeroen de Wilde
Douglas Lane & Associates
Mr. Arthur Fitts, III
Ms. Prudence M. Fitts
Fritz Rudolf Künker, GmbH & Co. KG
Dr. Jay Galst
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hamelberg
Mr. David Hendin
Mr. Eric M. Hildebrant
Mr. Joseph Jaroch
Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan and
Mr. Jonathan Kagan
Ms. Melissa Karstedt
Mr. Hubert Lanz
Mr. Ross Larson, Jr.
Mr. Arnold H. Miniman
Mr. Clifford Mishler
Mr. Del Parker and Mrs. Tatyana Parker
Mr. Richard H. Ponterio
Dr. Christopher J. Salmon
Mrs. Shanna Berk Schmidt
Mr. Stanley DeForest Scott
TIAA
Mr. Mark Tomasko
Mr. David Vagi

Press Release | Seleucid Coins Online

January 2018
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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). As a component of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) project, SCO aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the coinages struck by the Seleucid kings between ca. 320 BC and 64 BC, from Seleucus I to Antiochus XIII. The current version of SCO is based on Seleucid Coins: A Comprehensive Catalogue by Arthur Houghton, Catharine Lorber, and Oliver Hoover, published in two parts in 2002 and 2008 by American Numismatic Society and Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. In total, more than 2,491 primary coin types were published in these volumes. Ultimately, SCO will provide wide access to the coins listed in the print volumes of Seleucid Coins. While the Seleucid coins in the ANS collection (some 5,129 pieces) serve as the core of the searchable catalogue, ultimately links to coins (many of which are unique) in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the British Museum, the Münzkabinett der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and many other public and private collections will be included. SCO will also stand at the cutting edge of the discipline through the inclusion of new coin types and varieties that have been recorded since 2008. SCO will be the only place where researchers can keep track of such new coins comprehensively and the expanding picture of Seleucid economic, political, and art history that they reveal. Frequent updates to the website will permit users to find and learn about new material almost at the rate at which it is discovered, thereby making SCO the most up-to-date catalogue available to students of Seleucid coinage.

In addition, the ANS is pleased to announce that another component of the HRC project, PELLA, which was launched in 2015, with the aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the coinages of the Argead kings of Macedonia, now includes over 20,000 coins from 11 different institutions. The current version of PELLA focuses on the coinages in the name of Alexander the Great and Philip Arrhidaeus. Cataloguing work on the ANS’s holdings of these coinages—nearly 11,000 examples—was recently completed and linked to PELLA substantially boosting the number of coins available for study on the website.

Money Talks | Mark D. Tomasko

BANK NOTES: FROM DESIGN TO PRINT
with Mark Tomasko

February 3, 2018 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members / $50 for nonmembers

America became the world leader in bank note engraving by the 1860s. Through the American Bank Note Company, the United States system and style of bank note engraving provided bank notes for many of the world’s nations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mark Tomasko, a collector, author, and researcher on bank note engraving, will lay out the process of designing, engraving, and printing bank notes and securities. The presentation will be accompanied by samples of vignette artwork; bank note and securities models; vignette books; color books; engravers’ tools; steel dies, transfer rolls and printing plates; and progressive proofs of vignettes, litho tints, and bank notes.

[A small example: have you ever noticed that the geometric lathework on our paper money (and on the borders of securities) is “white line” rather than “black line” engraving? As an additional security step, black line engraving in lathework is turned into white line engraving. This presentation will show you the metal pieces used to make this change.]

 

Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations is supported by an ANS endowment fund generously given in honor of Dr. Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli and Mrs. Elvira Clain-Stefanelli.

Accepting Applications For 2018 Seminar

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 through July 27, 2018.

For over half a century, the American Numismatic Society, a scholarly organization and museum of coins, money, and economic history, has offered select graduate students and junior faculty the opportunity to work hands-on with its preeminent numismatic collections. With over three-quarters of a million objects, the collection is particularly strong in Greek, Roman, Islamic, Far Eastern, and US and Colonial coinages, as well as Medallic Art. Located in New York City’s SoHo district, the Society also houses the world’s most complete numismatic library.

The rigorous eight-week course, taught by ANS staff, guest lecturers, and a Visiting Scholar, introduces students to the methods, theories, and history of the discipline. In addition to the lecture program, students will select a numismatic research topic and, utilizing ANS resources, complete a paper or digital project while in residence. The Seminar is intended to provide students of History, Art History, Textual Studies, Archeology, and Data Science who have little or no numismatic background with a working knowledge of a body of evidence that is often overlooked and poorly understood.

Successful applicants are typically doctoral candidates or junior faculty in a related discipline, but masters candidates are admitted as well. This year’s Visiting Scholar will be Prof. Mariangela Puglisi of the Università degli Studi de Messina. Prof. Puglisi is, among other things, a specialist in ancient coin iconography and coins found in archaeological excavations.

Applications are due no later than February 23, 2018. A limited number of stipends of up to $4000 are available to US citizens, and non-US citizens studying at US institutions under certain visas. For application forms and further information, please see the Summer Seminar page of our website, or contact the Seminar Director, Dr. Peter van Alfen (212.571.4470 x153).

Donations in support of the seminar are tax deductible as allowed to organization recognized by US 501(c)(3).

Gala Thur. Jan. 11 Harvard Club 6:30 pm

2018 Gala will take place on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Harvard Club, 35 West 44th Street, New York City. Cocktails begin at 6:30 and Dinner and Program at 7:30. The ANS will honor the Rosen Family. View the full press release.
See the Invitation.


Individual Tickets $750.00 USD

All Sponsorship Levels

Roster Listing and Contributions

Benefactor Sponsor $28,000
◆ Premier Table of 10
◆ Recognition online, in printed gala materials and ANS Magazine
◆ Podium recognition and introduction as Benefactor at the gala
◆ Full-page Platinum ad in the Gala Program

Patron Sponsor $22,000
◆ Prominent Table of 10
◆ Recognition online, in printed gala materials and ANS Magazine
◆ Full-page Gold ad in the Gala Program

Sustainer Sponsor $14,000
◆ Prime Table of 10
◆ Recognition online, in printed gala materials and ANS Magazine
◆ Full-page Silver ad in the Gala Program

Friend Sponsor $7,500
◆ Select Table of 10
◆ Recognition in printed materials and ANS Magazine
◆Full-page ad in Gala Program

Advertise in the Gala Program

Gala Advertising Order Form | 2018 Gala Tickets Order Form

For information on purchasing tickets or program advertisements, please contact Emma Pratte at 212-571-4470, ext. 117, membership@numismatics.org

Benefactor Sponsors
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Edlow
The Rosen Family

Sustainer Sponsor
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Adams

Friend Sponsors
Anderson & Anderson and
   Whitman Publishing, LLC
Dr. Alain Baron - Numismatica Genevensis SA
Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. and Nomos AG
Fortuna Fine Arts
Heritage Auctions
Mr. Sydney F. Martin
Mr. Lawrence R. Stack and the Stack Family
Stack's Bowers Galleries
Mr. Anthony J. Terranova
Vilmar Numismatics

Supporters
Mr. Leonard D. Augsburger
Austin & Co., Inc.
Mr. Harlan J. Berk
Mr. G. Max Bernheimer, Christie’s Inc.
Mr. Robert Brueggeman
Mr. William A. Burd
Mr. Jeroen de Wilde
Douglas Lane & Associates
Mr. Arthur Fitts, III
Ms. Prudence M. Fitts
Fritz Rudolf Künker, GmbH & Co. KG
Dr. Jay Galst
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hamelberg
Mr. David Hendin
Mr. Eric M. Hildebrant
Mr. Joseph Jaroch
Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan and
   Mr. Jonathan Kagan
Ms. Melissa Karstedt
Mr. Hubert Lanz
Mr. Ross Larson, Jr.
Mr. Arnold H. Miniman
Mr. Clifford Mishler
Mr. Del Parker and Mrs. Tatyana Parker
Mr. Richard H. Ponterio
Dr. Christopher J. Salmon
Mrs. Shanna Berk Schmidt
Mr. Stanley DeForest Scott
TIAA
Mr. Mark Tomasko
Mr. David Vagi

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.