The Archer M. Huntington Award and the Margaret Thompson Memorial Lecture

by Juliette Pelletier

L to R: Sarah Cox, Michel Amandry, Robin and Ted Withington.

On April 19, 2006, with close to sixty people in attendance, the American Numismatic Society presented the Archer M. Huntington Award to Dr. Michel Amandry. The award presentation was followed by the Margaret Thompson Memorial Lecture, entitled “Roman Provincial Coinage: An Overview,” given by Dr. Amandry. The event was followed by dinner in Dr. Amandry’s honor at the Harbor Lights Restaurant.

Ute Wartenberg Kagan presents the Huntington Award Medal to Michel Amandry.

Dr. Michel Amandry was awarded the 2004 Huntington Medal for his exemplary work in the field of ancient numismatics. Dr. Amandry was born in 1949 in Greece. From an early age, he was exposed to the study of antiquity by his late father, Pierre Amandry, one of France’s best-known archaeologists. For his doctorate, he chose a numismatic topic: the coinage of the duovirs at Corinth. He has spent his academic career as curator of the Cabinet des Médailles at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, which he has been leading as Director since 1991. In addition, he has held various teaching appointments in Paris. He is also the editor of the Revue Numismatique and numerous other publications and is involved with many numismatic organizations and societies. In his research, he has been instrumental in bringing the so-called Roman Provincial coinage to the attention of both numismatists and historians. With Andrew Burnett, he embarked on a ten-volume cataloguing project of all coinages of the Roman provinces, one of the most ambitious numismatic projects undertaken in recent decades. Other important areas with which Dr. Amandry has been involved includes the coinages of Cyprus, coin hoards from France, and a number of general overviews of ancient coins.

L to R: Jay Galst, Michel Amandry, and Peter van Alfen at Harbor Lights Restaurant.