Current Exhibitions (Spring 2002)

by Elena Stolyarik

For years objects from the Society’s collection have appeared in exhibits throughout the world.

Visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City have the opportunity to enjoy 179 extraordinary coins that the American Numismatic Society has lent for permanent exhibitions in the Greek, Cypriot and Byzantine art galleries.

The Society has lent 22 Greek and Roman objects for the permanent exhibition “The Classical Past” at the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida. The coins, which have been on view since 1983, constitute about 70% of gallery displays. Each year approximately 10,000 children study ANS coins in collaboration with their classroom studies of the ancient world. The ANS objects have been a great success for the educational program Legacy of the Ancient World.

Gold solidus of Constantine, A. D. 306-337 (ANS 1957.172.648)

Silver stater of Euagoras I of Amathus, Cyprus, 391-380 B.C. (ANS 1977.158.575)

Silver medallion of Constans, A. D. 337-350 (ANS 1967.153.62)

The John Jacob Astor and Chouteau Indian Peace Medals are on permanent exhibit at the Fort Union Trading Post, National Park Service Visitor Center in North Dakota. The post, built in 1828 by John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company, was the headquarters for beaver furs and buffalo hide trading with the Assiniboin Indians to the north, the Crow Indians on the upper Yellowstone and the Blackfeet who lived further up the Missouri. The ANS medals play a valuable role in the Fort Union Trading Post exhibition.

One of the George III medals showing Indians and Quakers together on a bench was lent to the permanent exhibit at the Museum of American Revolution in the Yorktown Victory Center. The medal is an important artifact in the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation gallery “Witnesses to Revolution,” significant in the story of Little Abraham.

The Thomas Jefferson Indian Peace Medal continues to play a central role in the highly successful exhibit “The World of Thomas Jefferson” at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation at Monticello, where the medal has been on display since March 1993. The medal, which is truly important in the interpretation of Jefferson’s achievements, is displayed in Monticello’s Entrance Hall where more than 500,000 people see it each year. The Foundation is planning an exhibit in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark bicentennial “Framing the West at Monticello” were the ANS medal will be an important visual symbol in 2003.

Jefferson Peace Medal (ANS 1915.143.1)

A selection of 14 outstanding objects of the Late Roman period from the ANS collection will be included in a special exhibit “What is a Man? Changing Images of Masculinity in Late Antique Art.” The Exhibit will be on display in the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College, a teaching gallery serving the college and the communities of Portland and the Pacific Northwest, from April to June. The ANS coins will be a centerpiece of Reed College’s humanities curriculum in the spring of 2002.

Miliaresion of Basil II, A. D. 976-1025 (ANS 1959.212.1)