News (Summer 2007)

Bacharach Wins Award

The Royal Numismatic Society has awarded ANS Trustee Jere Bacharach the 2007 Shamma Prize for the publication of his book Islamic History Through Coins: An Analysis and Catalogue of Tenth-Century Ikhshidid Coinage. The prize was awarded jointly with Aman Ur-Rahman‘s Zahir-uddin Muhammad Babur: A Numismatic Study.

ANS Coins on Exhibit

We are pleased to announce that our exhibition “Drachmas, Doubloons, and Dollars: The History of Money,” hosted in conjunction with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has been extended through March 2012. Located at 33 Liberty Street in downtown Manhattan, the exhibition is open to the public weekdays 10-4, except bank holidays. For more information on this spectacular exhibition, visit our Web site at

Visitors to New York can now find additional ANS coins on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has just completed a multi-year reinstallation of its Greek and Roman Galleries. The most recent loans make available a spectacular selection of Hellenistic and Roman coins, which in turn join a superb group of Greek, Cypriot, and Byzantine pieces already at the museum. For further information, please visit, and see the article in this issue by Peter van Alfen.

Saint-Gaudens Centenary Celebration

This year marks the centenary of the Saint-Gaudens‘ ten- and twenty-dollar gold coins. The Saint-Gaudens Memorial and National Historic Site are planning an exciting program to celebrate this anniversary, including a retrospective, symposium, and film about Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the first sculptor to design an American coin. In tandem with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the ANS and the Saint-Gaudens Memorial and Historic Site will mount an exhibition, due to open later this year, featuring Saint-Gaudens‘ gold coinage and related objects. Exhibit curator David Tripp, author of Illegal Tender: Gold, Greed, and the Mystery of the 1933 Double Eagle (2004), is writing an accompanying catalogue.

Money Museum Gallery Opened

On April 27, at a special reception held in conjunction with the convention of the Early American Coppers Club, ANS Honorary Trustee Eric P. Newman celebrated the opening of his new Money Museum gallery in the Kemper Art Museum, at Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri.

New Staff Members and Fond Farewells

On April 9, Andrew Meadows joined the ANS curatorial staff as the second Margaret Thompson Curator of Greek Coins, with Peter van Alfen. Meadows was previously Curator of Greek Coins at the British Museum.

As of March 1, Sylvia Karges (formerly Tomczyk) joined the ANS staff as a full-time Curatorial Assistant. Sylvia was a 2004 Summer Intern and returned again to the ANS in December 2005 for two months of research for her master‘s thesis on German emergency money.

On April 16, Jonathan Torn joined the ANS staff to assist in the Administration, Curatorial, and Publication departments. A recent graduate of McGill University, Montreal, with a BA in history, Jonathan had previously interned at the ANS in 2003.

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Juliette Pelletier left her position as Membership, Development, and Events Manager in order to pursue her work in the art world full time. It is with gratitude for her years of service that the current staff wishes her success in her new endeavors. Membership and events inquiries should be directed to, or call Joanne Isaac at 212-571-4470, ext. 1306.

Staff Activities, Lectures, and Events

Dr. Peter van Alfen, Margaret Thompson Curator of Greek Coins, is organizing the session “Eastern Mediterranean Diasporas: Cultural and Economic Implications” at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research to be held November 14-17 in San Diego. For further information, please contact Dr. van Alfen at

On February 21, Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan spoke about her research on early electrum coinage as part of the Seminar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. A natural alloy of gold and silver, electrum was used to produce the earliest Western coins, from the seventh century BC on. By popular demand, she also spoke on the topic at the March 21 meeting of our “Numismatic Conversations” series. The ANS‘s collection of early and later electrum coinage was on view for the talk.

The ANS had a booth at the 32nd Annual Chicago International Coin Fair, held April 26-29, 2007, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O‘Hare, Rosemont, Illinois. It was a great success, thanks to the efforts of ANS Fellow Robert Leonard, who kindly manned the booth. We are also grateful to those assisting Robert at the booth: Andrew Michyeta, ANS Fellow Robert Wallace, and ANS Trustee Dr. Lawrence Adams.

Curator of North American Coins and Currency Robert Wilson Hoge presented a program entitled “St. Patrick Token Coinage in the American Numismatic Society Cabinet,” at the convention of the Early American Coppers Club (EAC), held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 27-29. This survey will later be appearing as an addendum to the publication of the Proceedings of the Coinage of the Americas Conference, held at the ANS in November. As part of a special exhibition organized for the EAC by Jon Alan Boka, the ANS participated by displaying two examples of the United States 1794 large cent known as the Steigerwalt variety (Sheldon 37), considered to be the rarest of the “collectible” die combinations of that year. First identified by Charles Steigerwalt in 1900, the ANS possesses two important examples of this issue, both from the famous collection formed by George Hubbard Clapp and donated in 1946: the finest known specimen and the initial discovery piece.