From the Executive Director (Summer 2005)

by Ute Wartenberg Kagan

Dear Members and Friends,

Two months ago when Managing Editor Peter van Alfen and I looked at the upcoming magazine schedule, he suggested that we consider turning the ANS Magazine into a full color publication. I am very proud that we were able to offer our readers such an improvement in quality, which was particularly appropriate for this issue, which features a spectacular and somewhat unusual group of items from the ANS collections. The posters that you can see in Dr. van Alfen’s article on the Cold War were an unexpected find in one of our basement rooms in the old ANS building on Audubon Terrace. We all agreed that only color reproductions would do them justice. My heartfelt thanks go to our advertisers, who so generously support the ANS Magazine.

Another exciting development with our ANS Magazine is the upcoming launch of our new website http://ansmagazine.com. On this site, which we hope to present to you by the end of the summer, you will find all issues of the ANS magazine, with many of the articles supplemented by additional color images. ANS Volunteer Ed Snible has been working hard on getting this website up and running, and the staff and I would like to thank him here for offering his invaluable expertise and putting many hours into this important project.

What else have we been doing? It is certainly fair to say that our main emphasis is now on fundraising. At its recent June meeting the Board of Trustees discussed in some detail the plans for the ANS’ upcoming capital campaign. I am delighted to be able to report that the ANS is now well on its way to launch its 150th Anniversary Campaign. The campaign consists of two main parts: one is a $5,000,000 endowment campaign to support the various operations of the ANS in its beautiful new headquarters in downtown Manhattan; the second goal is to raise $5,000,000 for a Museum of Money at the ANS. Our newly formed Development Committee has approached many of our members and secured pledges for these exiting projects. The Museum of Money will open with an inaugural exhibition of members’ exhibit in 2008 as part of our celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of the ANS. Members are invited to submit applications to have their collections included in this display, which is an attempt to recreate or, hopefully, surpass some of the ANS’ famous exhibitions in and around 1914. Some of these early ANS exhibitions and their catalogues have become a standard of collecting and scholarship in the field of numismatics. Members whose collections are chosen commit to donating significant sums towards the expenditure of establishing this new exhibition hall. Roger Siboni, who is spearheading the efforts in raising money for this hall, has already commitments in excess of $1,000,000 from our circle of friends and supporters. We further hope to interest foundations, financial institutions and the City of New York in helping us to establish the ANS Museum of Money. If you are interested in getting involved in any of these projects, please contact us.

I hope that you enjoy this issue of the ANS Magazine. I am delighted that the next issue is already underway, as we continue to get such interesting submissions of articles. Please think of the ANS Magazine if you have an interesting piece of research, some new coins or just a good numismatic story.

Yours truly,
Ute Wartenberg Kagan