News (Summer 2006)

Staff News

On May 1, Mr. Philip Miano joined the ANS Business Office as Senior Accountant. He graduated from St. John’s University (Queens, NY) in 1985, with a BS in accounting. He has over twenty years of accounting experience in nonprofits and health care, working for companies located in the New York City area.

Philip Miano

Ms. Aadya Bedi has returned to the ANS as a curatorial assistant with special responsibility for the collections on permanent loan. Ms. Bedi has a BA in anthropology from Bennington College and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She has previously worked for the ANS as a summer intern on two occasions.

Aadya Bedi

The Numismatic Community and ANS Honor John H. Kroll

On October 20, the ANS will host an evening honoring its long-term Trustee and Second Vice-President John (“Jack”) H. Kroll. The event, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Society’s headquarters, will feature contributions by several scholars and numismatists. Kroll will also be formally presented with a Festschrift in his honor, which was edited by the Society’s Margaret Thompson Associate Curator Peter van Alfen. The volume, Agoranomia: Studies in Money and Exchange Presented to John H. Kroll, contains articles by the following scholars: Hélène Nicolet-Pierre, Raymond Descat, Robert W. Wallace, Jonathan H. Kagan, Selene Psoma, Edward E. Cohen, Catherine Grandjean, Graham J. Oliver, Richard Ashton and Gary Reger, Andrew R. Meadows, François de Callataÿ, and Emily Mackil and Peter G. van Alfen. Members of the Society will receive an invitation to this event. The book is available through David Brown Books, at

Obituary: Ed Owens

It is with great sadness that the ANS learned of the death on June 22, 2006, of longtime ANS building superintendent Ed Owens. Born in South Carolina in 1949, Ed moved to New York City in the late 1960s and almost immediately found work at the ANS, where he was employed for thirty-two years. His only son, Chris, was also employed at the ANS for many years; most visitors will certainly recall the good cheer and helpfulness of the father-and-son team. Ed retired from the ANS shortly before the move to Fulton Street and returned to South Carolina. Chris has remained as building superintendent at the old 155th Street location, now under the ownership of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

COAC 2006: Mark Newby’s St. Patrick Coinage

The ANS, in association with Stack’s Rare Coins, is pleased to announce that the 2006 Coinage of the Americas Conference will take place on November 11. This year’s topic is the enigmatic St. Patrick coinage produced for use in Ireland and carried to West Jersey by Mark Newby in the seventeenth century.

The program (see below) has been divided into two parts in order to allow for discussion of the coinage in relation both to its primary circulating context in Ireland and the Isle of Man, as well as its secondary use as a token coinage in West Jersey.

Part I: The Mother Country
1. “Overview of Circulating Coinage and Tokens in Seventeenth-Century Ireland,” Robert Heslip, Culture and Arts Unit, Belfast City Council
2. “Denominations,” Philip Mossman
3. “Iconography,” Oliver Hoover, American Numismatic Society
4. “Dating the St. Patrick Coinage: Early Dating and the Ford Connection,” William Nipper
5. “Dating the St. Patrick Coinage: Later Dating and the Ormonde/Blondeau Connection,” Brian Danforth

Part II: The New World
1. “Overview of Circulating Coinage of the American Colonies in the Seventeenth Century,” Louis Jordan, University of Notre Dame
2. “Mark Newby and West Jersey,” Roger Siboni, American Numismatic Society; and Vicken Yegparian, Stack’s Rare Coins

For more information, please contact Juliette Pelletier at

Conference at Yale: The Romans in Asia

A conference entitled “The Romans in Asia” will celebrate the revival of numismatics at Yale and the 2004 acquisition of the Peter R. and Leonore Franke collection of Greek coins. The conference is sponsored by the Office of the Provost; the Departments of Classics, Art History, and History; and the Yale University Art Gallery. Nine speakers are on the program, headed by Franke himself. In addition, the program will feature presentations by Michel Amandry, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; François de Callataÿ, Bibliothèque Royale Albert 1ér, Brussels; C. P. Jones, Harvard; Dietrich A. O. Klose, Staatliche Münzasammlung, Munich; Bernhard Weisser, Staatliche Museen, Berlin; Katherine Welch, Institute of Fine Arts; Greg Woolf, University of St. Andrews; and William E. Metcalf, Yale.

Registration will begin Friday, October 6, at 12:00, with presentations at 1:30; a full day is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 9:00. The conference is free and open to the public. Online registration will be available after September 7 at; in the meantime, information can be obtained by writing to

The Fifty-Third Eric P. Newman Summer Seminar

The fifty-third Eric P. Newman Summer Graduate Seminar began on June 5 and ran through July 28. As in recent years past, the number of applications to the Seminar has grown substantially, reflecting both the importance of the Seminar within U.S. higher education and the continuing recognition of the importance of coins among historians and others as historical source material. A number of substantial changes and improvements were made to this year’s Seminar to better streamline the course in some areas and strengthen the quality of the educational program. This year’s students were Lisa Anderson, Brown University; William Bubelis, University of Chicago; Craig Caldwell, Princeton University; Emily Haug, University of California, Berkeley; Pangiotis Iossif, University of Liege, Belgium; Matthew Polk, Harvard University; Anna Zawadzka, University of Warsaw, Poland; and Ben Zurawel, Oxford University, England. The Visiting Scholar was Andrew Meadows, Curator of Greek Coins at the British Museum, London.

53rd Eric P. Newman Summer Seminar. Front: Ben Zurawel, Anna Zawadzka, Emily Haug, Lisa Anderson, Craig Caldwell; Back: William Bubelis, Matthew Polk, Pangiotis Iossif

Numismatic Conversations Continues

Our second in this series of informal discussions will take place on the evening of September 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the ANS headquarters on Fulton Street. The topic will be “Evolving Honors: Military Decorations During America’s Growth as a World Power,” presented by Geoff Giglierano, ANS Development Director and former Chief Curator of Military History for the State of New York. Utilizing examples from the Society’s extensive collection of United States war medals, orders, and decorations, Giglierano will explore the expanding range of medals and awards that were presented to American servicemen and women from the time of the Civil War to World War II.

As the United States became a major player on the world stage, the Federal and state governments and various organizations created different service, campaign, and valor medals, many of which are still in use today. Participants in this roundtable session will be able to get a close look at a variety of pieces ranging from rare Civil War-era bravery medals, to lesser-known service medals issued by soldiers’ organizations following the Boxer Uprising, to new awards that were established after the United States had become involved in World War I.

There is no charge for participation, but pre-registration is encouraged. To reserve a seat at the table, please call 212-571-1311, or e-mail

Britannica to Feature “Coin Collecting” Article on Web Site

Over the past two decades, there has been a significant rise in the popularity of coin collecting as a recreational activity. Recognizing this trend, the editorial department of Encyclopaedia Britannica, one of the world’s best-known and trusted educational resources, determined that a new article on “Coin Collecting” should be added to its editorial content and that its existing comprehensive article “Coins” should be updated. To meet the strict requirements for editorial copy, Britannica solicits contributions from “scholars, writers, artists, public servants, and activists who are at the top of their fields.” Selected for the new task was ancient-coin specialist, author, and publisher Wayne G. Sayles, who is known primarily among ancient-coin collectors as the founder of The Celator and the author of the six-volume series Ancient Coin Collecting. Each week, a selection of Encyclopaedia Britannica articles is featured on their Web site’s front page at

The Sayles article on “Coin Collecting,” which has now been added to the encyclopedia, is scheduled to be featured, free and in its entirety, on that site during the week of September 10, 2006.