Category Archives: Press Release

June 14, 2019
for immediate release
New York, NY

The American Numismatic Society Seeks an Assistant Curator, American Department

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) seeks an energetic and creative assistant curator to oversee and lead its American Department. The successful candidate will be in charge of the collections of North and South American coins, currency, medals and related objects. Since its foundation in 1858, the Society has played a leading role in the field of American numismatics, and wishes to expand its audience while continuing its traditional role as one of the leading academic institutions in numismatics overall.

The successful candidate is expected to work on the ANS’s exhibition program, regularly contribute to the quarterly ANS Magazine and online media, and do research in his or her own chosen field. S/he will have to be prepared to work on parts of the collection outside the American field, for which training will be provided. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to devote considerable time to the ANS’s recently acquired holdings of the Medallic Art Company (MACO), a large private US mint. Among other responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected to build a program of publications, exhibitions and teaching programs around this MACO material.  In general, all ANS curators are expected to participate actively in the Society’s development, outreach, public relations, and fund raising initiatives, which includes seeking funding for projects through competitive grants. Curators also provide instruction and supervise students in the ANS’s eight-week Graduate Summer Seminar and in classrooms elsewhere.

The successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. or have equivalent academic qualifications in North, Central or South American history or art history, in particular in areas in which coinage or currency contribute to the understanding of the period.  An interest in coinage or currency is an advantage but not required.  Reading knowledge of foreign languages will be an advantage.  The candidate is expected to be or become a recognized expert in his/her field, through study, research, writing, and publication on American coinage, currency, and economic history. The position provides a competitive salary depending on the experience of the successful candidate and includes excellent benefits.

ABOUT THE SOCIETY 

The Society has a collection of c. 800,000, of which over 600,000 are recorded on its online database MANTIS.  The US collection of coins and banknotes contains c. 35,000 objects, and 30,000 objects from Central and South America. The archives of the Society provide papers and archival material of many major collectors and artists, while the Harry W. Bass Library has the country’s foremost numismatic collection of almost 85,000 volumes.  For more information about the Society visit www.numismatics.org.

TO APPLY

Resume and cover letter via email to position@numismatics.org.  Names and email addresses of at least three references are required; reference letters will be requested by the ANS for short-listed candidates.  Applications should be received by 19 July 2019; interviews will be held in New York City in August-September.

The American Numismatic Society is an equal-opportunity employer.

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.

May 31, 2019
New York
for immediate release

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new online resource, Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC)(http://numismatics.org/hrc/). A National Endowment for the Humanities funded project based at the ANS in New York City, HRC is a web-based resource for users to learn about, research, and conduct different types of statistical analyses on the coinages produced by the different dynasties and rulers of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East during the Hellenistic period (ca. 323–31 BC). These include the coins struck by (and in the name of) Alexander the Great and those struck by his successors, such as the Seleucids in the Near East and the Ptolemies in Egypt.

The new HRC website serves as a Union Catalogue of existing online resources devoted to Hellenistic coinages and allows users to search across all these sites simultaneously. These sites include: PELLA (http://numismatics.org/pella/), a resource that currently focuses on the coinage in the name of Alexander the Great; Seleucid Coins Online (http://numismatics.org/sco/), a resource devoted to the coinage of the Seleucid dynasty; and Ptolemaic Coins Online (http://numismatics.org/pco/), a resource for the coinage of the Ptolemaic dynasty. In the future we hope to add additional resources for the coinages of other Hellenistic dynasties and rulers including the Antigonid, Attalid, and Bactrian dynasties.

Currently over 31,200 individual coins from seventeen institutions are illustrated and described in the HRC catalogues. While the American Numismatic Society’s collection serves as the core of all these searchable catalogues, thousands of examples are illustrated by links to coins in other major collections including those in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the British Museum, the Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, and other public collections in the US and Europe.

ANS Executive Director Ute Wartenberg notes that “the HRC website promises to transform the way in which scholars, collectors, and others research and learn about Hellenistic Coinages.”  

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.

ANS + EAC Remembers Del Bland

March 27, 2019 New York for immediate release Early American Coppers (EAC) and American Numismatic (ANS) will hold an event to remember specialist and friend Del Bland On Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Early American Coppers (EAC) Convention in Dayton, Ohio, EAC and ANS will host a get-together to allow the many friends and…
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The American Numismatic Society 2019 Annual Gala Dinner

January 28, 2019 New York, NY The American Numismatic Society 2019 Annual Gala Dinner New York, NY - On Thursday, January 10, 2019, some 150 friends of the American Numismatic Society gathered to honor Mike Gasvoda with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner, held at the Harvard Club in New York City. The…
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Announcing Ptolemaic Coins Online

January 25, 2019 New York FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of a new web-based research tool: Ptolemaic Coins Online (PCO). As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project, PCO is a new research tool intended to provide wide access to the…
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The ANS Releases SCO V.2

November 27, 2018 New York for immediate release The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of version 2 (v.2) of the 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…
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2018 Huntington Award to John Kleeberg

Press Release November 1, 2018 The American Numismatic Society Awards its 2018 Archer M. Huntington Award for Excellence in Numismatic Scholarship to Dr. John M. Kleeberg. The Trustees of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) have voted to bestow upon Dr. John M. Kleeberg the 2018 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his scholarly work…
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Cheyenne

September 28, 2018
New York
for immediate release

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.

The ANS Announces 2019 Gala Honoree

September 19, 2018 New York for immediate release The American Numismatic Society Announces 2019 Gala Honoree The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 10, 2019, it will honor its esteemed former First Vice President Mike Gasvoda with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner at the Harvard Club…
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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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