Category Archives: Press Release

Press Release | An Important OCRE Update

June 9, 2020 New York, NY For Immediate Release An Important OCRE Update The ANS has recently launched an update to its Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) digital corpus. This update, months in the making, incorporates into OCRE the newly published volume of Spink’s authoritative series, Roman Imperial Coinage II.3: From AD 117…
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Announcing CoinHoards!

May 6, 2020 New York for immediate release The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the launch of CoinHoards, a new web-based, linked open data tool for research in ancient Greek numismatics and ancient economies. Coin Hoards is a component of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project developed by the American…
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Press Release: An Important Update to PCO

April 27, 2020 New York for immediate release An important update to the NEH-Funded Ptolemaic Coins Online In 2018, the ANS launched Ptolemaic Coins Online as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project. Ptolemaic Coins Online (PCO) is a new research tool that will ultimately provide wide access to…
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Announcing the podcast of the American Numismatic Society

The ANS has launched a podcast! Hosted by our Publications Director Andrew Reinhard, each episode of The Planchet will be a conversation with numismatists and other scholars about the stories and histories of currency and medals. Recorded for non-specialists and professionals alike, there is something for all.

The Planchet is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google/Android. Subscribe and hear a new episode each month!

 

Ep. 01: Foreign Currency before the Coinage Act of 1857
The inaugural episode of The Planchet features a conversation between Dr. Jesse Kraft, ANS Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas, and Dr. Andrew Reinhard, ANS Director of Publications, about how Americans spent foreign currency before the Coinage Act of 1857.

Ep. 02: Mark Antony: A Rogue with Monetary Insight
The second episode of The Planchet features guests Dr. Lucia Carbone, Assistant Curator for Roman Coins for the ANS, and Dr. Katie Cupello, expert on Mark Antony and Roman portraiture, as they talk about Antony, his many wives, political iconography, and his program of coinage in the Roman East.

Click here for more information. 

 

Press Release: PELLA’s New Update

March 23, 2020 New York, NY For immediate Release The American Numismatic Society announces a new updated version of PELLA: COINAGE OF THE MACEDONIAN KINGS OF THE ARGEAD DYNASTY The ANS is pleased to announce that an updated version of PELLA  has now been launched.  As a component of the National Endowment of the Humanities funded Hellenistic…
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The ANS Library Acquires Robert Martin Notebooks on Connecticut Coppers

Through the generosity of Syd Martin, Roger Siboni, and Tony Terranova, the ANS library has acquired the Robert Martin notebooks on Connecticut coppers. These recently appeared in the Stack’s November 2019 Baltimore sale (lot 5056), and are there described in part “These eight binders represent Robert’s life’s work—nearly five decades of research on the Connecticut…
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January 2020
New York, NY
For Immediate Release

The American Numismatic Society 2020 Annual Gala Dinner

New York, NY - On Thursday, January 16, 2020, some 180 friends of the American Numismatic Society gathered to honor Richard M. Beleson with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner, held at the Harvard Club in New York City.

Mr. Beleson has been a steadfast supporter of the ANS since joining the Society in 1995, and he served on the Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2016. He is an ANS Fellow, a generous donor to the Society’s Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director, and a dependable supporter of numismatic scholars and projects. He is also the secretary-treasurer of the Ancient Numismatic Society in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife, Kim. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

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The Trustees’ Award was presented to Mr. Beleson by Mr. Sydney Martin, President of the ANS Board of Trustees. In his remarks, Mr. Martin said that “all the ANS Trustees, staff, and members ... are grateful for all Rick has done for the ANS, in particular, and numismatics in general. To their good wishes and congratulations I would like to add my heartfelt thanks. We are very fortunate to have such a staunch supporter of the Society, one who has demonstrated again and again his fervent concern for the enduring value of this institution.”

The event also included the presentation of the 2019 Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing to Dr. Peter van Alfen, Chief Curator at the ANS. While bestowing the award on a very surprised Dr. van Alfen, Mr. Mark Anderson, the son of the late Burnett Anderson, noted, “My father would have strongly supported Peter’s receipt of this award, for what he has brought to numismatics, for the many activities he has stewarded in his career at the ANS, and especially for the fine scholarly product and high standards he brings to the written word.” The Award is a cooperative product of three institutions: the American Numismatic Association, the Numismatic Literary Guild, and the American Numismatic Society.

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Later in the evening, Dr. van Alfen and Mr. Kenneth Edlow, Chairman of the ANS Board of Trustees, presented a specially commissioned award to Dr. Ute Wartenberg, in thanks and appreciation for her two decades of dedicated leadership to the Society. The ANS commissioned the medal from Joao Duarte, the winner of the Society’s Saltus Award in 2011. Mr. Duarte said he was thrilled to be asked to create something significant and unique for Dr. Wartenberg, as he is an admirer of both her and the Society, and he generously donated his time and efforts in creating this wonderful object.

At the very end of the Gala dinner, Executive Director, Gilles Bransbourg called up the Society’s longest-serving member, Mr. Garfield Miller, who earlier in the year announced his retirement. In praise and thanks to Mr. Miller, Dr. Bransbourg commended him for his 40 years of dedicated service to the ANS and presented him with a rare commemorative medal, engraved with gratitude and appreciation.

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The ANS Annual Gala Dinner raised more than $260,000, including approximately $20,000 raised through its live and silent auctions, the former called by Melissa Karstedt of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. The 25 lots included coins donated by Heritage Auctions; Shanna Schmidt Numismatics, Inc; Vimar Numismatics, LLC; Edward J.Waddell, Ltd.; a medal from Stack’s Bowers Galleries; books donated by Hadrien Rambach, and a beautiful portrait rock by Tatyana Parker.

Past recipients of the Trustees’ Award include such notable numismatists and donors as Ms. Shelby White and Mr. Leon Levy, Mr. Jamie Stewart, Mr. Kenneth L. Edlow, Mr. George Kolbe, Mr. Q. David Bowers, Mr. Chester L. Krause, Mr. Donald G. Partrick, Mr. Harvey Stack, Mr. Victor England, Jr., Mr. Ira Goldberg, Mr. Lawrence Goldberg, Mr. Harlan J. Berk, Mr. Roger S. Siboni, Mrs. Marian Scheuer Sofaer and the Honorable Abraham D. Sofaer, Mrs. Elizabeth Forbes Hazard Scott and Mr. Stanley DeForest Scott, and Mr. and Mrs. John W. Adams, Anthony J. Terranova, and the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society and the Newman Numismatic Portal, the Rosen Family, and Mr. Mike Gasvoda.

Every year the American Numismatic Society raises critical revenue through Gala ticket sales, program advertisements, sponsorships, contributions, and the proceeds from a live and silent auction. These funds are used to further the Society’s mission of supporting research and education in numismatics.

For information, please contact Emma Pratte at 212-571-4470, ext. 117, membership@numismatics.org.

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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January 2020
New York, NY
For immediate release

Dr. Peter van Alfen is awarded the 2019 Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing at the 2020 Annual Gala on January 16, 2020

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, Mark Anderson presented the 2019 Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing to Dr. Peter van Alfen, at the Annual Gala of the American Numismatic Society.

ANS Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen has served at the American Numismatic Society for nearly two decades, during which time he has written or edited a dozen award-winning books and exhibition catalogs, and has written over 70 articles. In addition he has served as editor of the ANS Magazine, as editor of the American Journal of Numismatics, and as director of the Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics. Initially trained as an ancient philologist and archaeologist with specializations in Nautical Archaeology and the Bronze Age, he turned to numismatics late in his graduate studies. His publications on the ancient world reflect his diverse academic background, including broader contextual studies of Mediterranean and Near Eastern fiscal, trade, and monetary systems from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine period, as well as closer studies of coinages from ancient Arabia, the Levant, Asia Minor, and Greece. In more recent years, he has devoted considerable attention as well to medallic art, publishing studies of medallic art related to the First World War, the Olympics, ophthalmology and the history of medicine, and New York City.

The Burnett Anderson Memorial Award is intended to recognize quality and integrity in numismatic wordsmithing of every kind.  The award was created by Krause Publications, the parent company of Numismatic News, World Coin News, Bank Note Reporter, and COINS magazine and named after longtime Krause correspondent and Washington Bureau representative Burnett Anderson. The medal was first given posthumously to Mr. Anderson in 1999, at the 108th anniversary convention awards banquet of the American Numismatic Association (ANA).

Before serving at Krause Publications, Mr. Anderson worked as a newspaper reporter, a foreign correspondent, and for 25 years the United States Information Agency. During his almost 20 years at Krause he wrote extensively on numismatics and other collectible areas, and his work appeared in several Krause periodicals.

In presenting the award to Dr. van Alfen, Mark Anderson, son of the late Burnett Anderson, remarked, “The Burnett Anderson Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing is a cooperative product of three very fine but diverse institutions: the American Numismatic Association, the Numismatic Literary Guild, and the American Numismatic Society, tonight’s host. They do not always agree on everything, but for the last twenty-one years they have agreed on an outstanding author, journalist, or researcher deserving recognition of their career contributions to the numismatic field. In 2019, they agreed that Dr. Peter van Alfen should be the 21st recipient.

“My father would have strongly supported Peter’s receipt of this award, for what he has brought to numismatics, for the many activities he has stewarded in his career at the ANS, and especially for the fine scholarly product and high standards he brings to the written word.”

Today the award recognizes researchers, authors, and journalists for their career contributions to numismatics. Previous awardees include: David T. Alexander, Q. David Bowers, Kenneth E. Bressett, Thomas K. DeLorey, Beth Deisher, Paul A Gilkes, David C. Harper, Robert W. Hoge, Wayne Homren, R.W. Julian, Ursula Kampmann, Chester L. Krause, Clifford Mishler, Eric P. Newman, Donn Pearlman, Edward Reiter, Edward C. Rochette, Margo Russell, and Scott A. Travers.

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.

 

 

2020 Eric P. Newman Research Fellowship

January 27, 2020 New York for immediate release The ANS names Dr. Jérôme Jambu the recipient of the 2020 Eric P. Newman Research Fellowship The ANS is pleased to announce that Dr. Jérôme Jambu, Conservateur, chargé des collections de monnaies étrangères, in the Département des Monnaies, médailles et antiques at the Bibliothèque nationale de France,…
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2019 J. Sanford Saltus Award to Mashiko

December 12, 2019

6:00 pm      A Century of Medallic Excellence: The History of the J. Sanford Saltus Award
7:00 pm      Presentation of Award

A subscription dinner will be held following the event for $85 per person.

Please let us know if you plan to attend. To attend the dinner, please RSVP by December 6, 2019 to Emma Pratte at membership@numismatics.org or 212-571-4470, ext. 117

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November 15, 2019
New York, NY

The American Numismatic Society Presents its 2019 J. Sanford Saltus Award for Excellence in Medallic Art to Mashiko 

The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce that Mashiko is the recipient of the Society’s prestigious 2019 J. Sanford Saltus Award for Signal Achievement in the Art of the Medal.

Mashiko grew up in her father’s home city of Kyoto, Japan. In 1962 she moved to the United States, and in 1964 to New York City. There, in 1993, she founded Medialia … Rack and Hamper Gallery, a showplace for contemporary medallic art.  Seven years later she founded New Approach, Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes emerging artists and curators and serves as a contemporary medallic-art research center.

As a prolific sculptor and medallic artist, Mashiko has received numerous awards, including the American Numismatic Association’s Excellence in Medallic Sculpture Award and the Grand Prix at the XXXV Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d'Art (FIDEM) Congress. Her stone sculptures, medallic art, silkscreen prints, and drawn illustrations are in numerous public collections around the world, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, the National Museum of Taiwan, Kyoto City Hall, the Queens Museum (New York), the American Numismatic Society, the American Numismatic Association, and the British Museum. Her many commissions, from organizations such as the British Art Medal Society and the New York Numismatic Club, include one for a memorial granite headstone for the feminist activist and author Betty Friedan. She has also been invited to submit designs to the U.S. Mint.

In addition to her extensive creative endeavors, she has also been a tireless teacher of her craft, offering courses in medallic and stone sculpture at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, for two decades (1993 – 2013). Since 2001 she has also conducted private book-art, medal and urushi workshops.

“Mashiko is unquestionably deserving of the Award,” noted Saltus Committee Chairman Donald Scarinci, “not only for her wonderfully creative medallic art, but for all that she has done to teach and promote the medal as well. We are especially pleased to present the Award to her this year, the centennial year of the Award.”

The ceremony will take place at the ANS headquarters in New York City on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 6 P.M. The Saltus Medal will be presented to  Mashiko by ANS Executive Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg.

The award was created with a grant to the American Numismatic Society by J. Sanford Saltus in 1913 to recognize and encourage excellence in the art of the medal.  The first Saltus Award was presented in 1919; the silver award medal was designed by the prominent German-born numismatic and architectural sculptor Adolph Alexander Weinman.

Mashiko joins the ranks of other significant artists who have been awarded the medal including, among dozens of others, James Earl Frazer (1919), Victor D. Brenner (1922), Paul Manship (1925), Lee Lawrie (1937), Donald DeLue (1967), Kauko Räsänen (1986), Gustaaf Hellegers (2001), and João Duarte (2011), and Bogomil Nikolov (2017).

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.