COAC 2021

COAC 2021
The Victor D. Brenner Sesquicentennial

September 17–18, 2021

Sponsored in association
with the Resolute Americana Collection
and the Stack Family.

The American Numismatic Society is proud to announce the reintroduction of the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC). Since the mid-1980s, COACs have been considered the leading venue for the presentation of academic research that pertains to numismatics of the Western Hemisphere.

COAC 2021 will delve into famed sculptor, Victor David Brenner, for the 150th anniversary of his birth in 1871. Born in what is now Lithuania, Brenner initially followed in the family business of jewel engraving before immigrating to the United States in 1890. After studying in both the United States and, most notably, in Paris with Oscar Roty, Brenner quickly positioned himself to become one of the foremost medallists in the United States. While his most well-known piece is, undoubtedly, the Lincoln Cent of 1909, Brenner created more than 200 medallic works of art throughout his illustrious 35-year career. He produced works privately, for the United States Mint, the Medallic Art Co., and several other producers of the early 20th century. Even in his own lifetime, his rise to fame in America during a time of mass immigration to the United States was heralded as the ultimate achievement of the American Dream.

Free—Virtual attendance
$150—In-person attendance

$150 Virtual attendance

Registration is closed at this time. Contact Austin Goodwin Andrews at for more information.

In compliance with the New York City vaccine mandate for public indoor spaces, we are currently requiring all visitors to be fully vaccinated.

Friday, September 17

9 AM Eastern Time

9:30 AM Eastern Time
Introduction and Welcome (Jesse Kraft)

10 AM Eastern Time
Francis D. Millet and Victor Brenner: The Path to the Penny (Jonathan Kagan)

11 AM Eastern Time
Victor D. Brenner and the Medallic Art Co. (Jesse Kraft)

12 PM Eastern Time
Lunch Break

1PM Eastern Time
Victor D. Brenner and the Prince Henry of Prussia Medal (Peter van Alfen)

2 PM Eastern Time
Victor David Brenner's Society of the Cincinnati Medal in Context (Patrick McMahon)

3 PM Eastern Time
Brenner's two railroad theme medals - Chauncey DePew and the Southern Railway (George Cuhaj)

Saturday, September 18

9 AM Eastern Time

10 AM Eastern Time
A Song to Brenner: Victor David Brenner’s A Song to Nature, Public Art, and Sculpture in the Round (Taylor Hartley)

11 AM Eastern Time
A Trial List of Non-Medallic Sculpture by Victor D. Brenner (Scott H. Miller)

12 PM Eastern Time
Lunch Break

1 PM Eastern Time
Unpublished Victor D. Brenner Documents in the ANS Archives (Mark Schlepphorst)

2 PM Eastern Time
Victor D. Brenner and the Painterly Influence of Joaquín Sorolla (Christopher J. Bach)

3 PM Eastern Time
New Discoveries in the Works of Victor D. Brenner (Jesse Kraft, Patrick McMahon, Scott H. Miller)


See more information on speakers here.

Christopher Bach (Independent Researcher)

George Cuhaj (ANS Fellow, Independent Researcher)

Taylor Hartley (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Jonathan Kagan (ANS Trustee, Independent Researcher)

Jesse Kraft (ANS)

Patrick McMahon (MFA Boston)

Scott H. Miller (ANS Fellow, Independent Researcher)

Mark Schlepphorst (Independent Researcher)

Peter van Alfen (ANS)

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