From the Executive Director (Summer 2002)

by Ute Wartenberg Kagan

Dear Members and Friends,

This is our second volume of the ANS Magazine, with many exciting features, book reviews, and news. Once again we extend our gratitude to the advertisers who help to make this publication possible. And thanks to their support, we will be able to send the magazine this time in envelopes and thus keep this issue’s cover, illustrating a historical moment full of numismatic irony (see page 4), clear of obscuring postal labels.

As I am writing this letter, the now famous 1933 Double Eagle, on loan from the US Mint, sits in our exhibition at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. For one week only, visitors can see an extraodinary display of US coins in a single case: the Ultra-High Relief 1907 $20 piece, the Confederate Half Dollar, the Brasher Doubloon, the 1804 Dollar and, of course, the 1933 Double Eagle. David Tripp and Bob Julian both have provided perspectives on the extraordinary story of this ordinary coin, and we hope that the different view points will be of interest to our readers. Both articles were originally given as oral presentations at the ANS in New York. Since we have learned from our recent membership survey, that many of our members are unable to attend the talks in New York but wish to read them in print, we begin a new series of published talks with these two contributions.

The last few months have been packed with exciting events. At our annual fundraiser, for example, in which we honored William McDonough, the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, our guest speaker Kerry Kennedy Cuomo addressed over 120 guests. Our summer graduate seminar is also now in full swing and will run until the end of July. Thanks to the attention of our Visiting Scholar Haim Gitler from the Israel Museum, an international roster of guest speakers, including Kenneth Sheedy, Paul Keyser, John Kroll, Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert, and Edward E. Cohen, and of course the curatorial staff, the six graduate students are receiving a superb introduction to numismatics.

We are also looking forward to the 2002 World’s Fair of Money in New York at the end of July. As always the ANS will have a table at the show, but this time we will also offer tours to visitors of our exhibition “Drachmas, Doubloons, and Dollars: A History of Money” at the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Manhattan. The ANS collections and library on Audubon Terrace will be open to visitors during the fair. We hope to see many of you there, are our downtown exhibition and at our museum.

Yours truly
Ute Wartenberg Kagan