Category Archives: Press Release

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 Society 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 Society 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.

December 1, 2020
New York, NY
For Immediate Release

The American Numismatic Society Announces New Prize in Ancient Numismatics

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics, given in memory of the late Professor James M. Collier. The Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics is a substantial monetary prize that will be awarded biennially to the best single- or multi-authored book, catalogue, or online digital work in the field of ancient numismatics (650 BCE–300 CE).

A jury of five senior numismatists, including a senior ANS curator, will be appointed biennially by the President of the American Numismatic Society to select the recipients. The Collier Prize will be offered for the first time in 2021 and the winner(s) will receive prize money of $20,000, to be split equally in the event of a multi-authored work. For the initial prize, eligible publications will be limited to those works published in 2019 or 2020. The jury will announce its selection in late 2021. Details for the Collier Prize can be found on the ANS’s website at numismatics.org/collier.

The Collier Prize honors the life of Professor James M. Collier. Professor Collier was born in Bellingham, Washington and completed his PhD in Art History at the University of Michigan in 1975. He served as a tenured professor and department chair in the Art History Department at Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama). Over the course of his academic career, he lectured widely and published on the Italian Renaissance and Early Netherlandish perspective, which was the subject of his doctoral dissertation.

In addition to his scholarship, Professor Collier actively pursued other interests. He traveled widely and met his wife Carole Anne in the Sacristy of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. In total, he visited 84 countries—including in 2012 when he sailed with a crew of three on a 50-foot sailboat from South Africa to Brazil. In 1990, Professor Collier and Carole Anne moved to the Netherlands, where he was a self-sufficient artist until the end of his life. His paintings cover a range of topics, including portraits, dogs, views of Amsterdam, Italian architecture, ships, and fantasies, many of which can be found on the website jimcollier.nl.

Collecting ancient coins was the foundation of his broad fascination with art, history, and culture. His collection of almost 1,000 Greek and Roman coins gave him immense pleasure, continually inspiring him by their beauty and depictions of famous monuments and portraits of Hellenistic and Roman rulers.  A complete profile of Professor Collier will be included in the Spring issue of the ANS Magazine.

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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Press Release: 2020 Saltus Award

For Immediate ReleaseNovember 30, 2020New York, NY The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 J. Sanford Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal. It will be awarded to the German artist Anna Franziska Schwarzbach at a ceremony in Berlin, Germany, on Thursday, 3rd December. Anna Franziska Schwarzbach was born…
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For Immediate Release
New York, NY
November 30, 2020

ANS Launches MACO Archives Website 

The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the launch of the Medallic Art Company (MACO) Archives website. This website is designed to provide a glimpse into the MACO Archives and to serve as a location for updates about the collection as the ANS moves forward with the project. View the website at http://numismatics.org/maco/.

Until its bankruptcy in 2016, MACO was one of the oldest and largest operating private mints in the United States. Founded in New York City around 1907, for more than a century MACO employed some of America’s most notable artists to craft commemorative, award, portrait, and other medals for a huge number of individuals and institutions. Many of the most famous medals in the United States—including the Pulitzer Prize Medal, the Randolph Caldecott medal, and official medals of Presidential inaugurations—were produced by the Medallic Art Company.

In 2017 the American Numismatic Society acquired the MACO archives—which consist of over 50,000 individual items, including medals, dies, galvanos, plaques, and photographic records—and set about making these precious resources accessible to collectors, scholars, and all other interested individuals. Central to these efforts is the The MACO Archives website. The site is divided into five categories to facitate navigation:

The MACO Specimen Archive includes basic information for nearly every medal that MACO produced between 1907 and 2013. This is a primary component to the website and can help researchers and interested parties with identifying a given medal.

The Essays component contains articles related to the history of MACO and medals more broadly.

The Photo Archives give a visual glimpse into MACO, especially regarding production of the medals and their recipients from the mid-20th century.

The Future of MACO outlines the long-term goals of the American Numismatic Society for the collection.

Lastly, the Blog is where the ANS will update visitors to the site of the progress being made on the collection in real time. Subscribers to the blog will automatically receive these updates.

“This collection is an invaluable part of American cultural heritage, in terms of art, history, and society,” said Dr. Jesse Kraft, Assistant Curator of American Numismatics, “The ANS is proud to own the collection and happy that we are able to share more and more information on one of the most important private mints in American history.”

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: Sydney Martin accepts the 2020 Huntington Award

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yafx3CBv3QU Press ReleaseNew York, NYNovember 23, 2020 The American Numismatic Society (ANS) awarded the Archer M. Huntington Medal to Mr. Sydney F. Martin on Thursday, November 19, 2020. The Huntington Medal Award is given annually by the ANS Trustees in honor of the late Archer M. Huntington in recognition of outstanding career contributions to numismatic…
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For Immediate Release
October 30, 2020
New York, NY

The American Numismatic Society is please to announce the Greatest Coins video series.

In this series, short videos realized by our curatorial team will examine coins in the American Numismatic Society’s collection, carefully selected for their historical fame and significance. Intended for a wide audience of experts and non-experts alike, these videos will feature multimedia materials that contribute not only to the understanding of the historical and cultural context in which the selected coins were produced, but also to their reception history. The videos will be released on a monthly basis.

In the first episode of the series (already available online), Assistant Curator of Roman Coins, Dr. Lucia Carbone, looks at what is probably the most celebrated Roman coin, the EID MAR (Ides of March) denarius. This coin was struck under the authority of Julius Caesar’s main assassin, Marcus Junius Brutus, in 43-42 BCE, to commemorate Caesar’s assassination on the Ides of March 44 BCE. Shortly after, Brutus died on the battlefield, sealing the end of the Republic.

In the second episode (available in November), Assistant Curator of the Americas, Dr. Jesse Kraft, discusses the Brasher Doubloon. The coin was struck by New York goldsmith, Ephraim Brasher in 1787, possibly as a trial piece to present to the New York State legislature in his attempt to receive a contract to produce coins on a large scale. Though he never received a contract, the Brasher Doubloon is considered the first gold coin struck in the United States.

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.

For Immediate Release
October 30, 2020
New York, NY

Mr. Sydney F. Martin Steps Down as President of The American Numismatic Society. Dr. Ute Wartenberg Becomes First Female ANS President

At the 163rd Annual Meeting of the American Numismatic Society on October 24, 2020, the Society announced that Mr. Sydney F. Martin would be stepping down from his position as President of the Society. Mr. Martin has been a member of ANS since 1997, a Life Associate since 2002, was elected as a Fellow in 2009, and is one of the founding members of the Augustus B. Sage Society. Elected to the Board of Trustees in 2005, Mr. Martin served as Treasurer from 2009 –2012 and Board President since 2013. Mr. Martin’s leadership helped oversee the growth of the Society’s endowment from approximately $37 million to $47 million today. In 2009 the Society’s Conference Meeting Room was named in his honor and in thanks for his many contributions. In 2014 his generous pledge helped to kick off the Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director.

Specializing in Colonial American coinage, Mr. Martin has written several articles on the subject for the Colonial Newsletter, and has presented papers at the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC), historical societies, and clubs. He has authored four books, all published by the Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4): The Hibernia Coinage of William Wood (1722–1724)The Rosa Americana Coinage of William WoodFrench Coinage Specifically for Colonial America; and in 2018, St. Patrick Coinage for Ireland and New Jersey. In 2006 he became the editor, and is now the Associate Past Editor, of the award-winning C4 Newsletter. This year, the Society is especially honored to bestow its prestigious 2020 Archer M. Huntington Award to Mr. Martin. The presentation will take place on November 19, 2020, at which time he will give the Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture on “Numismatic Commemoratives of the 200th Birthday of George Washington in 1932.”

Also announced at its Annual Meeting is the Society’s new President, Dr. Ute Wartenberg. Dr. Wartenberg brings to this position her more than two decades of experience as Executive Director of the Society, along with her extensive knowledge of numismatics and the community.  A leader and trailblazer throughout her career, Dr. Wartenberg fittingly becomes the first female president in the 162-year-history of the ANS.

Before coming to the Society in 1998, Dr. Wartenberg was Curator of Greek Coins at the British Museum for seven years. She is a Rhodes Scholar and holds a DPhil in Classical Literature from Oxford University, where she taught Greek language and literature. She is currently a Research Curator at the ANS and an Adjunct Member in the Department of Classics at Columbia University. She is also the curator of the Amastris Collection. An author of many publications and curator of exhibitions on ancient and US coins, Dr. Wartenberg has served on many non-profit boards and committees. She was the first Chairperson of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, on which she served from 2003 to 2007. Since 2008, she has been a Trustee of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, which preserves and exhibits Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s home, studios, and art in New Hampshire. She was a Trustee of the Annie Tinker Association for Women from 2009-18, and served as President and CEO of this organization, which provided financial support to elderly professional women, from 2014-15. In 2015, Dr. Wartenberg was elected to the Committee of the International Numismatic Council and in 2019 a member and Chairperson of ICOM International Committee for Money and Banking Museums. Among Dr. Wartenberg’s honors and academic awards are the election as Numismatic Ambassador in 2002 and as Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (UK) in 2008. She was awarded the Ehrenpreis der Gesellschaft für Internationale Geldgeschichte in Germany in 2015. In 2017 she was a Visiting Professor of the City of Wrocław, Poland.

“Through Syd Martin’s leadership, the ANS has grown increasingly secure financially and seen its stature in the field grow ever more prominent,” notes Kenneth L. Edlow, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “The years he spent as President while Ute Wartenberg was the Society’s Executive Director will surely be numbered among the Society’s finest—they made a very powerful team for the ANS. Dr. Wartenberg’s own rigorous scholarship and her incredible charisma have already shepherded the organization into the flourishing institution that we are proud to be a part of today. It’s been a real joy to work alongside Syd on the Board of Trustees, and I eagerly look forward to continuing to work with Ute as she takes on her new role as Board president.”

Also newly elected to the Board of Trustees are Ms. Carole Anne Menzi Collier and Mr. Robert Ronus.

Ms. Carole Anne Menzi Collier joined the ANS in 2019 and is a member of the ANS’s Sage Society. Born in NYC and raised in Westchester, she holds a BA from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), graduating in its first class of women; an M.Phil in History of Art, Yale University; and an MBA, in International Trade and Finance, New York University. She met her future husband, art historian and realist artist James M. Collier, in the sacristy of Santa Croce in Florence. They were married in 1983 until his death in 2015. She now continues as curator of his collection of ancient coins and of his paintings. Her career includes 25 years in banking, the majority of which was at ABN AMRO Bank in New York and Amsterdam, heading up the Global Public Sector as Director General. Recently she has served as a financial consultant to startup companies in Italy and the Netherlands, where she has lived for 30 years.

Mr. Robert Ronus was born in London in 1942 and was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He spent almost all his professional career in the investment management business, first in London, then in Geneva, and since 1983 in Los Angeles with the Capital Group, where he was a global investment manager and held a variety of management positions including non-executive Chairman. He went part-time in 2002 and retired completely in June 2019. A history buff all his life, he has a particular interest in the formative years of modern Europe from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. He has published over 40 short articles on European coins of the early modern period from 1500-1700 in the Numismatics International Bulletin and has also translated or helped translate into English articles by non-native English speakers. He was elected a Fellow of the ANS in 2012 and is a member of the Augustus B. Sage Society. He is also a member of the British Numismatic Society, the Numismatic Society of Ireland, the Société suisse de numismatique, and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Geldgeschichte. He is a supporter of the Heberden Coin Room at the Ashmolean Museum and the Münzkabinett at the Staatliche Museen in Berlin.

A full list of ANS Officers and Trustees, and Fellows of the Society can be found on the ANS website Governance page.

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 2020 Huntington Award to Sydney Martin

Press ReleaseNew York, NYOctober 22, 2020 The Trustees of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) have voted to bestow upon Mr. Sydney Martin the 2020 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his scholarly work specializing in Colonial American coinage.  The award ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 1:00 pm ET at…
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