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Press Release

August 9, 2021
New York, NY 
For Immediate Release

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that the Robert W. Bartlett Collection is being offered at auction by Classical Numismatic Group, LLC (CNG) through September 2, 2021. Inspired by Mr. Bartlett’s own commitment to travel and learning, the proceeds will support ANS staff travel in the US and abroad to research other collections and attend conferences. Members and friends of the ANS are invited to support the Society through participation in this CNG Keystone Auction. 

Mr. Robert W. Bartlett, of San Diego, California, was an enthusiastic traveler and avid collector of ancient Greek and Roman coins. Mr. Bartlett participated as an active member of the ANS from 1981 until his death in 2017. Upon his passing, the Society received his generous bequest of over 350 objects. Portions of the Bartlett Collection were accessioned into the Society’s holdings and the remaining objects designated to be sold at auction to support the organization's mission to research and educate. Mr. Bartlett’s surviving niece, Ms. Cynthia Davis, facilitated this extraordinary gift to the ANS.

The Bartlett Collection consists largely of silver and bronze coins from Roman and Greek periods and contains such rarities as unique Roman sestertii and a silver cistophorus from Pergamum. The ongoing CNG sale includes 253 lots, including such specimens as a silver tetradrachm of Gela, dated from c. 450 to 440 BCE from the noted Karl von Vierordt Collection and a silver Neapolitan nomos dating from c. 320 to 300 BCE. Find the auction at https://auctions.cngcoins.com/auctions/4-38TINS/keystone-auction-4

ANS President Ute Wartenberg noted, “This auction is a lasting, fitting tribute to Mr. Bartlett’s memory. This significant fundraising effort will enable our curators to research other collections and attend conferences around the United States and abroad. The Board of Trustees and the entire staff of the Society are extremely grateful for Mr. Bartlett’s generosity and commitment to our field. Like many of our members, he believed deeply in the Society's mission.” 

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. 

Press Release

August 2021
New York
for immediate release

The American Numismatic Society Announces 2022 Gala Honoree, New York, NY

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 13, 2022, it will honor ANS Vice President and Adjunct Curator David Hendin with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala, which will be held at the Harvard Club in New York City.

David Hendin, of New York, NY, holds a B.S. in Education/Biology and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a widely lauded expertise in weights and currency of the ancient Levant, with a focus on Judaean, biblical, Roman provincial, and Nabataean numismatics. He is author of 18 books, including Guide to Biblical Coins (thesixth edition of which is soon to be published), Cultural Change: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Coins of the Holy Land (2011), and Ancient Scale Weights and Pre-Coinage Currency of the Near East (2007), along with more than 75 book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. In 1985 and 1986 he was chief numismatist of the Joint Sepphoris Project undertaken by Duke University (Eric and Carol Meyers) and Hebrew University (Ehud Netzer) and in 2011 with Duke’s Sepphoris Research Project. As an editor Mr. Hendin worked with the late Prof. Ya’akov Meshorer on Coins Reveal, Ancient Jewish Coinage Vols. I & II, the English edition of A Treasury of Jewish Coins, and, with Andrew Meadows, Coins of the Holy Land: The Abraham and Marian Sofaer Collection at the American Numismatic Society and the Israel Museum.

For 45 years, ever since joining the ANS in 1976, David Hendin has been a steadfast and generous supporter, contributing not only financially but substantively as a scholar, researcher, writer, lecturer, and charming and engaging advocate for the Society. Among his countless contributions was his role as the principal curator of the award-winning ANS exhibit Cultural Change: Coins of the Holy Land at the New York Federal Reserve Bank Museum in 2010–11. Mr. Hendin was first elected Fellow in 1992 and is now a Life Fellow and a member of the Augustus B. Sage Society. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016 and currently serves as First Vice President and sits on many of its committees.

The ANS is hardly alone in its appreciation of Mr. Hendin. Included in his numerous honors are the 2013 Gunnar Holst Numismatic Foundation Medal of the Swedish Numismatic Society of the University of Göthenberg, four awards from the Numismatic Literary Guild, and the 2002 American Numismatic Association Presidential Award. Mr. Hendin is also a frequent speaker on Biblical numismatics, and has lectured at University College, London; Nottingham University; American University, Beirut; University of Göthenberg, Sweden; Al Quds University, Jerusalem; Hebrew University; The Israel Museum; The Israel National Museum; Columbia University; and Yeshiva University, among others.

Numismatics may be Mr. Hendin’s first love, but he has also had a career as an award-winning medical journalist, publishing executive, and literary agent. In 1973 his book Death as a Fact of Life (Norton/Warner) was a national bestseller, and is still in print. Hendin served as a literary agent for dozens of talented writers and cartoonists including Charles M. Schulz (PEANUTS). Today he continues to represent Judith Martin (Miss Manners®) and Lincoln Peirce, creator of the bestselling BIG NATE® and MAX AND THE MIDKNIGHTS book and TV franchises.

David Hendin has been married to his wife Jeannie (Luciano), retired vice chairman and publishing director of W. W. Norton, for 38 years and has 3 children, Sarah, Ben, and Alexander, and 5 grandchildren, Max, Charlie, Ariella, Jude, and Ezra (who is currently the youngest member of the ANS).

Dr. Ute Wartenberg, ANS President, speaks for all of the Trustees and staff of the ANS when she says, “One of the most distinguished and beloved members of our community, David’s commitment to numismatics and his friends and family all over the world is legendary. It is hard to think of an individual that deserves the Trustees’ Award as much as he does.  He is also one of the great scholars in our field and works tirelessly for all of us. The American Numismatic Society is fortunate to have him as a supporter and honored to recognize his devotion to this institute and the field in this manner.”

In acknowledgment of his exemplary commitment to numismatics and his great generosity to the ANS, the Board of Trustees of the American Numismatic Society is delighted to bestow upon Mr. Hendin the Society’s singular honor for 2022.

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. Larry 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, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Adams, Mr. Anthony J. Terranova, the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society and the Newman Numismatic Portal, the Rosen Family, Mr. Mike Gasvoda, Mr. Richard M. Beleson, and Mr. Mark and  Mrs. Lottie Salton.

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

For information on purchasing tickets or program advertisements, please contact Austin Andrews at 212-571-4470, ext. 117; membership@numismatics.org; or visit the ANS website: numismatics.org/gala.

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.

Press Release

New York, NY
July 29, 2021
For Immediate Release

ANS Announces Professor Nathan Elkins as Visiting Research Scholar

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Nathan Elkins, Associate Professor of Art History at Baylor University, will be joining the ANS as a Visiting Research Scholar starting on August 2, 2021. Specializing in ancient Mediterranean art, archaeology, and numismatics, Professor Elkins has led the Allbritton Art Institute at Baylor as its Director since his appointment in 2020.

A Fellow of the ANS and co-editor of the American Journal of Numismatics, Professor Elkins will support and develop conferences and educational projects at the Society as Visiting Research Scholar, as well as finalize his forthcoming book, The Significance of Liberty on the Roman Coinage. Professor Elkins has published widely in the field of numismatics, including the Monuments in Miniature: Architecture on Roman Coinage (ANS Numismatic Studies 29), A Monument to Dynasty and Death: The Story of Rome’s Colosseum and the Emperors Who Built It, and The Image of Political Power in the Reign of Nerva, AD 96–98. Active in archaeological fieldwork, he is currently the staff numismatist at the Huqoq Excavation Project in Israel and the 'Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in Jordan. 

Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg notes that “Professor Elkins has been an integral part of our community for many years and as a scholar and an educator, he’s well-positioned to help the Society with its new educational outreach and publication programs, which have been significantly expanded during the last year.”

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.

New York, NY
July 14, 2021
For Immediate Release

The Roman Republican Die Project Progresses 

The Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP) of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) has completed its first significant data upload. This platform, which launched as a functional integrated database system in December 2020, is searchable at numismatics.org/rrdp/ and focuses on Roman coinage from the period of the Roman Republic (509 BCE–27 BCE). 

The project relies on the foundational research of Richard Shaefer, who compiled a significant archive of images of Roman Republican coins and organized these images by distinctive die types. In November 2020, the ANS received a grant from the Arete Foundation for a two-year pilot project to build a database capable of reflecting Schaefer’s die analyses and enabling that work to be expanded in the future by both Schaefer and the RRDP team.  

RRDP draws from and integrates the Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (CRRO) database, adding more than 5,000 new specimens dating from 92 to 75 BCE. If this pilot project is successful, the RRDP team aims to develop a means by which new materials can be directly incorporated into RRDP through a web interface. This will allow the platform to be a living die study that is constantly improving in accuracy rather than a static archive. The ANS will collaborate with other die study initiatives to ensure the RRDP data is fully integrated into other major research projects. 

RRDP offers particular innovation by drawing on data from archival auction catalogue materials, in addition to major numismatic collections all over the world. Archival materials are housed digitally in the online archives of the Society, ARCHER, and a new searchable database, SITNAM: Integrated Technology for Non-LOD and Auction Materials, which has isolated type specimens from those archives. 

Co-directors of the project, Dr. Lucia Carbone, Assistant Curator of Roman Coins at the ANS, and Professor Liv M. Yarrow of CUNY Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center, will host a virtual Long Table discussion for members of the Society on Friday, July 16th at 1PM Eastern Time. During the program, they will present an update on the project and a demonstration of the platform. Numismatic researcher Jeremy Haag, who has partnered with Professor Yarrow, will present a case study on how RRDP has furthered his research

Carbone and Yarrow authored a recent piece for Pocket Change, the blog of the ANS, “Developments and Preliminary Data Release for the Roman Republican Die Project”, explaining the current implementation progress. In addition to Carbone and Yarrow, Ethan Gruber, ANS Director of Data Science, developed the extensive technical components of the project. Columbia University PhD candidate Alice Sharpless works as a curatorial assistant on the project part-time and will continue full time later this year. Miriam Bernstein, who received a Kurz Undergraduate Research Assistantship to work on the project, continues to support RRDP in a volunteer capacity. 

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.

Press Release: Coinage of the Roman Provinces before Provincial Coinage

February 24, 2021New York, NYFor immediate Release The American Numismatic Society announces a three-day conference, co-sponsored by the ANS and the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, on the Coinage of the Roman Provinces before Provincial Coinage, as  represented by the coins in the R. B. Witschonke Collection.  Dates:March 23-25, 2021 Organizers:Lucia…
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Press Release: The ANS Lyceum

February 16, 2021New York, NYFor Immediate Release The ANS Lyceum: New Online Educational Program to Begin March 31 The American Numismatic Society (ANS) announces the ANS Lyceum, a new online educational program. Over the course of several weeks, participants will have the opportunity to engage in interactive lectures and discussion sessions with ANS curators who…
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New York, NY
For Immediate Release
January 21, 2021

The American Numismatic Society announces with great sadness the death of its Trustee and former President, Sydney F. Martin.

The family has provided the following obituary.  The Society will publish a longer obituary and appreciation of his numismatic life and work in the upcoming ANS Magazine

Sydney Furman Martin, of Amelia Island, FL, passed away peacefully on Jan. 19, 2021, after a protracted battle with cancer. An entrepreneur, philanthropist, and world-renown collector, he was born in December 1945, at the Smoky Hill (Kansas) Air Force Base to Furman C. Martin Jr. and Naomi Louise (Stevens) Martin. He moved with his family throughout the United States until his father retired in 1959, when the family put roots down in Warsaw, IN.  After graduating from Warsaw High School in 1963, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned in five years both SB and SM degrees. It was there that he began his long career in the defense industry.

After a stint with Auerbach Corporation, he joined Analytics, where he worked for nearly 20 years, gradually rising to become its Chief Operation Officer. Looking to challenge himself, in 1988, he and his wife, Sharon, founded Sytex, Inc., which, under his leadership grew into The Sytex Group, Inc., a company supporting Army, Air Force, Navy and National Intelligence clients, that employed more than 3,000. During that time, he was awarded the Order of St. Barbara (for work advancing Army artillery) and the Knowlton Medal (for exceptional work in advancing the Intelligence community).

Meticulous about business, he was also passionate about art, numismatics, and philanthropy. He lived for more than 30 years in Doylestown, PA, and became involved in a number of local and national boards. He became the President of the American Numismatic Society, and the Chair of the Michener Museum of Art, the Executive Vice President of the Doylestown Historical Society, and the Vice President of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Board of the Heritage Conservancy, the Washington Crossing Council of the Boy Scouts of America (he was proud to earn his own Eagle Scout distinction), and the National Bibliographic Society. He was the editor of the award-winning Colonial Coin Collectors Club Newsletter, the author of numerous articles and five books that have become basic references dealing with specialty topics of Colonial and Pre-Federal numismatics. He earned election to the Rittenhouse Society, The Antonelli Society, and the prestigious Archer Huntington Award from ANS. In addition, the Colonial Coin Collectors Club created the Sydney F. Martin Numismatic Publication Award. Syd and Sharon are known for their vast and varied philanthropic efforts and contributions, most notably the creation of the Philadelphia Prostate Cancer Biome Project at Jefferson Hospital.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon (nee Athy), of 47 years, as well as his sister, Martha Moore of Springfield, MO; and brother, Timothy, of Denver, CO. His brother Wayne predeceased him. His children, of whom he was extremely proud, are: son Daniel S. Martin (Bria) of Mill Valley, CA, the founder and president of AMPED, Inc., daughter Jessica Thompson (Mark) of Lynchburg, VA, CEO of the Martin Foundation; son Dr. James F. Martin (Amy-Beth) of Rumson, NJ, emergency physician; and stepson Kevin M. Sylvester of Attica, OH, builder and musician. He was equally proud of his grandchildren: Landis, Turner, Graeme, Nyla, Asher, Wyatt, and Cody.

A private service will be held; a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sydney Martin may be directed to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health.  Please donate online at www.jefferson.edu/Give or make checks payable to Jefferson, note “Memorial-Sydney Martin” in the memo, and mail to: Jefferson Office of Institutional Advancement, 125 S. 9th St., Suite 600, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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.

Press Release: The American Numismatic Society Announces 2021 Gala

December 7, 2020New York, NYFor Immediate Release The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 14, 2021, it will hold its annual Gala celebration, virtually, in memory of benefactors Mark and Lottie Salton. The Gala will be open, via Zoom, to members of the Society and their guests. The event…
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Press Release: The Roman Republican Die Project Launches Site

New York, NYDecember 2, 2020For Immediate Release The Roman Republican Die Project Launches Site The Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP), sponsored by the American Numismatic Society and generously funded by the Arete Foundation, is the largest die study ever undertaken. It draws from decades of diligent numismatic research and it is based on Richard Schaefer’s…
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