News (Winter 2002)

Report on the ANS Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the American Numismatic Society was held on October 19 at Audubon Terrace. About 40 members attended the meeting, which was followed by a dinner at Keen’s Steakhouse. The President, Treasurer and ANS staff were present and reported on the activities of the past year.

Donald Partrick, President of the Society, opened the meeting. In his short report, he reported on the progress of the new building renovation. Although he did not want to give a date for the move, he told the audience that the renovation was moving ahead and is the main agenda for next year.

ANS Treasurer Kenneth Edlow reported on the financial situation of the Society. The Society, along with the rest of the United States, has been adversely affected by the stock market, the world wide economy and political events. However, due to especially generous contributions to the Society’s general operating fund, he estimated ending fiscal year 2002 with a small operating surplus.

A special concern remains the balances in several of the funds, which need the continued support of the Society’s membership, Council and the public to increase contributions. The Unrestricted General Operating fund, which funds the day-to-day activities of the Society; the U. S. Curator Fund, which provides funding for the U. S. Curator, and the Bass Computer Fund which pays for two staff positions, the ANS web-site, and general computer and information technology systems. He encouraged the membership to contribute generously to these funds and to the activities of the Society.

Regarding the New Century Fund, which covers the operations and renovations of the Society’s New Building at 140 William Street, the fund balance is not as large as the Society would like, but it is expected that additional contributions will be forthcoming which will allow the Society to move forward with the renovation work and subsequent move.

The audited, detailed financial statements for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002, will be available in about a month. The statements will be posted on the Society’s website and hard copies are available upon request from the ANS Business Manager.

We are distributing a report from Wyper Capital Management covering our portfolio investments.

Regarding the operations for this current fiscal year, which began October 1, 2002, assuming that the contributions at least remain the same as fiscal 2002, we expect to operate with a balanced budget in this current year.

Peter Tompa, Chairman of the Governance Committee, and Douglass Rohrman, Chairman of the Advisory Committee, presented an outline of the proposed Amended and Restated By-Laws, which would preserve the special character of the ANS while reflecting modern business practices for a not-for-profit organization (see New By-Laws for the ANS).

Ute Wartenberg Kagan, Executive Director, reported on the various events of last year. She thanked members for their contributions, which allowed the staff to carry out their work and fulfill the mission of the Society.

The curators (Peter van Alfen, Michael Bates, Elena Stolyarik, Sebastian Heath, and Robert Wilson Hoge) and the Librarian Francis Campbell gave accounts of last year’s donations in illustrated slide talks.

At the meeting, the Nominating Committee for Councilors also reported its recommendation that five sitting councilors and one new candidate be elected to the Council. The following members of Council were duly elected:

New Member:

Emilio Ortiz was born in Havana, Cuba and became a naturalized USA citizen in 1965. He became a coin collector at an early age when a roommate gave him, as a gift, his first coin while attending school in Pennington, N.J. During the early 1960’s Mr. Ortiz pursued a banking career in New York and Texas, this experience lead him into the International Trading of Commercial Paper and in the late 1960’s he was fully engaged in the steel arena as an International Steel Trader. Mr. Ortiz is President and CEO of Servimetal Inc., the largest steel processing service center in the Caribbean, based in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Mr. Ortiz is a Board Member of the American Red Cross and Committee member of the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association. An avid researcher, he is a Life Member of the ANS, ANA, FUN and belongs to several other numismatic organizations. Mr. Ortiz has published and lectured on Cuban coinage and is presently working on a catalog of Colonial and Republican Latin American Cuartillas, as well as writing what could be the first comprehensive book on Cuban numismatics.

Sitting Members Confirmed Until 2005:

John Adams is Chairman/CEO of Adams, Harkness & Hill, Inc., an investment bank located in Boston specializing in emerging growth companies. He is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, a Fellow of the American Antiquarian Society, and a member of ANA, EAC, C4, NBS. His publications include US Numismatic Literature (2 vols.), Indian Peace Medals of George III and numerous articles. His numismatic specialties are historical medals and literature. He holds a BA from Princeton University (1957) and a MBA from Harvard Business School (1960).

Robert A. Kandel is of counsel to the firm of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, LLP in New York City. His areas of experience include legislative and regulatory matters, real estate and general business matters. Having served as Commissioner of Economic Development for the City of New York, and other governmental posts, he is knowledgeable about governmental affairs. Mr. Kandel has counseled and represented many not-for-profit institutions including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, The Cooper Union for Arts and Science, The Sisters of Charity – Bayley Seton Hospital, The Hospital for Joint Diseases, Yale University and St. John’s University among others. Mr. Kandel is interested in US coins, particularly the Lincoln cent. Mr. Kandel received his B.A. degree with honors in history from Williams College and his law degree from Columbia University School of Law.

Clifford Mishler served as President of Krause Publications from 1991-2000. He joined that company as associate editor of Numismatic News in 1963. A serious coin collector since 1950, Mishler is the co-author of the Standard Catalog of World Coins, which is now out in its 30th annual edition. As a founding member of the Token and Medal Society, he served as Journal Editor (1964-68) and President (1976-78). He is also involved in the Numismatists of Wisconsin organization in numerous capacities. He is the recipient of many awards in the numismatic field, including the ANA Medal of Merit (1983), the Farran Zerbe Memorial Distinguished Service Award (1984), the Life Time Achievement Award (1997) and the Numismatist of the Year (2002). He serves as a board member of the William R. Higgins, Jr. Foundation, which operates the Higgins Museum in Okoboji, Iowa. Mr. Mishler is a Life Fellow of the ANS, which he joined in 1958. He has served as a Councilor since 1997 and is a member of the Personnel Committee and the Governance Committee.

Peter Weiss is a hand surgeon and Professor at Brown Medical School. He serves on the Board of Directors of the RISD Museum of Art, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and Kinetikos Medical, Inc. and is an advisor to the Corporation Committee for Biomedical Affairs at Brown University and to DePuy, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is an active collector of ancient Greek coins and has authored several articles on various numismatic aspects.

Peter Tompa is a partner with the international law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery in Washington D.C., where he specializes in complex environmental insurance coverage litigation. He has represented numismatic trade associations before the U.S. Department of State Cultural Property Advisory Committee and has conducted lobbying activities related to the free trade of ancient coins. He frequently reports on these issues in numismatic publications. As a collector, he is primarily interested in ancient Greek and Roman coins. He holds a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a J.D. from Washington College of Law, American University. He has been a member of the ANS Council since 1999 and is Chairman of the ANS Governance Committee.

Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee Welcomes Two New Members

Washington — The United States Mint is pleased to announce that Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill has appointed two new members to the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee (CCCAC)

The Secretary has selected Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan as being specially qualified to serve on the CCAC by reason of her experience in numismatic collection curation and numismatics. Dr. Wartenberg will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Committee. Dr. Wartenberg, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Numismatic Society, was previously Assistant Director of the American Numismatic Society, and Assistant Keeper at the British Museum (Curator of Greek Coins). A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Wartenberg earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. (Classical Greek Literature) at Oxford University.

The Secretary also has selected Ms. Connie Matsui to serve as on of the Committee’s three members who represent the interest of the general public.

In addition to currently serving as National President of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Ms. Matsui is Senior Vice President of IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corporation, located in San Diego, California. Prior to her position with IDEC, Ms. Matsui served as Vice President and Manager of Employee Relations and Communications at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, California. Ms Matsui, who received her M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from Stanford University, possesses the broad and varied experience and knowledge to serve as one of the American public’s voices on the CCCAC.

“I congratulate the newest members of the CCCAC on their important appointments,” said United States Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore. “We look forward to working with this new group whose combined experience can bring a fresh perspective to the Nation’s commemorative coin programs.”

Established in 1993, the CCCAC identifies and designates events, persons, or places the Committee recommends be commemorated by the issuance of commemorative coins, and makes recommendations with respect to the mintage level for any commemorative coin recommended. The Committee also reviews and comments on proposed designs for commemorative coins and quarter-dollar coins issued under the 50 State Quarters Program.

Membership consists of seven voting members appointed to 4-year terms by the Secretary of the Treasury. Three members are appointed from among individuals specially qualified to serve by reason of their education, training or experience in art, art history, museum or numismatic collection curation, or numismatics. Three members are appointed from among individuals who will represent the interest of the general public. One member is appointed from officers or employees of the United States Mint to represent the interest of the general public. One member is appointed from officers or employees of the United States Mint to represent the interest of the Mint.

The Committee is subject to the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury.

The United States Mint is responsible for providing the necessary support services for the Committee. Committee members are not paid for their time or services but, consistent with Federal Travel Regulations, members are reimbursed for their travel and lodging expenses to attend approximately two meetings each year.

ANS Awarded City Funding

For the first time in the history of the ANS, the Society has been included in the City of New York’s art budget to receive funds in the amount of $85,000. This is an extraordinary accomplishment for the Society. The allocation was determined after extensive meetings and hearings with the City, in a year of vast budget cuts. The allocation exemplifies the interest and goodwill the City has towards the ANS and to the establishment of the Museum of Money on Wall Street. The funds are to be used specifically for the ANS library in the new building located at 140 William Street in Manhattan. This is very exciting for the ANS as we are now officially included in the Annual Capital Budget.

COAC Planned: “Our Nation’s Coinages: Varied Origins”

The next Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) is currently being planned for late Spring, 2003. It will be held at the building on Audubon Terrace in New York City. Members will receive announcements once the program has been finalized. Potential contributors and participants are still invited to contact this event’s coordinator, Robert Wilson Hoge, the Society’s Curator of American Coins and Currency, for information and to schedule presentations at hoge@numismatics.org or 212 234-3130 x 226.

Each presentation should be capable of being given as a lecture of roughly one half hour in length. It should also be prepared as a formal, publishable article suitable for inclusion in the COAC Proceedings series volume which will follow the conference. The present working title for the conference is “Our Nation’s Coinages: Varied Origins.” Its concept is to take a generic look at the coinages of the Colonial period made both in and for the Americas—British, Spanish, French, Dutch—as well as other homeland issues , which circulated in the colonies or influenced their economies. An interdisciplinary approach may draw together scholars and enthusiasts from different specializations in a fruitful manner. Some possible topics could include the following:

  • American Archaeological finds and reports.
  • Discoveries and observations in Spanish mint productions, México, El Perú, etc.
  • Colonial varieties recently identified.
  • Documentation of colonial commercial activities.
  • Numismatic interpretation of shipwrecks.

The previous COAC on the Caribbean Coins and Currency is now being prepared for printing. The ANS hopes to make it available some time in 2003.

The American Numismatic Society 2003 Graduate Seminar

The ANS will be holding its Fiftieth Graduate Seminar in Numismatics at the Audubon Terrace. Visiting professor will be Dr. François de Callataÿ, Curator at the Bibliothèque Royale Albert in Brussels. The seven week seminar will run from June 9 through July 25. The purpose of the seminar is to familiarize its students with numismatic methodology and scholarship and to provide them with an understanding of the contributions made by numismatics to other fields of study. Students will also gain extensive practical experience working with coins and other objects and will have use of the Society’s comprehensive library resources.

The seminar is an intensive program of study including lectures and seminars conducted by specialists in various fields, preparation and oral delivery of a research paper on a topic, and handling of the ANS coins relating to that topic. Curatorial staff and other experts from this country and abroad will participate in the seminar.

Applications are accepted from students of demonstrated competence who will have completed at least one year of graduate work in history, classical studies, economic history, or other related fields. Applications are also encouraged from junior faculty members with an advanced degree in one of these fields.

The Society will be accepting six seminar students. Stipends of $2,500 are available to qualified applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada. The Society will also provide round-trip travel fare from each student’s home institution.

Applications are also accepted from outstanding students from foreign institutions who have completed at least one year of graduate work and are able to demonstrate fluency in English. No financial aid is offered.

Information and application forms may be obtained from the American Numismatic Society, Graduate Seminar, 155th Street and Broadway, New York, NY 10032 or via email from info@numismatics.org. Applications can also be downloaded from our website at http://www.numismatics.org.

The deadline for all applications is March 1, 2003

Michael Crawford Receives The 2002 Huntington Medal

Michael Crawford, the distinguished ancient historian and numismatist, will receive the Huntington Medal for the year 2002. The medal will be awarded to Professor Crawford at the Annual Gala Dinner in New York on January 14. The night before, on Monday, January 13 at the Harvard Club Professor Crawford will present his new research on the Diocletian price edict in a paper entitled “Diocletian and the Wages of Sin.” The Huntington Committee, under Chairman Jere Bacharach, selected Crawford from a pool of distinguished scholars. The members of the committee particularly commented on Crawford’s outstanding achievements in the field of Roman Republican Coinage.

Crawford is a professor of ancient history in the Department of History at University College, London in England. His works on numismatics include one of the foremost standard works in numismatics, Roman Republican Coinage, published in 1974. Other works in this area are his Roman Republican Coin Hoards (1969) and Coinage and Money under the Roman Republic : Italy and the Mediterranean Economy (1989) as well as numerous articles.

In recent years his research has moved into other areas of ancient history. He now works on the history of ancient Italy and Roman law, as well as the Renaissance, where his interests lie in the beginnings of epigraphy and archaeology as sciences. Currently he is working on a book on the relations between Italy and Rome from the fourth century B.C. to Augustus. Another recent work, his Roman Statutes, a corpus of legislation passed through the Roman assemblies, “will underlie all future work in Roman legal history” as a reviewer in the Journal of Roman Studies portents.

Crawford is currently the Director of the Projet Volterra, a collaborative project with the Ecole Française de Rome on late Roman law, and he is also collaborating in the publication of the Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo in the Royal Collections in England. As a field archaeologist, Crawford has excavated at Fregellae, in Liguria, and at Veleia, and currently directs the San Martino Project in Piedmont.

ANS Conference on The Heritage of Sasanian Iran: Dinars, Drahms and Coppers of the Sasanian and early Muslim Periods

Sasanian coins and their subsequent Muslim, Dabuyid and Hunnic imitations formed an important part of the monetary systems of late antique and early medieval Iran. Late Sasanian coins became the pre-eminent silver coinage in the Near East during this period. The early Muslims in Iran and dynasts of northern and eastern Iran later copied the main outlines of these coins while creating distinct provincial and regional coinages. The coins today represent documents of social, political and economic life at a time of great cultural efflorescence as well as social and political change.

The conference invites papers treating any aspect of Sasanian and early Muslim coins of Iran as artifacts of civilization and culture. The topics of papers may be numismatic, historical or art historical. They may examine problems in the reading and interpretation of the Pahlavi and Arabic legends or the iconography, the representation of sovereignty, Zoroastrianism and Islam, or the production, use and regulation of these coinages.

The conference will also feature a workshop in reading the Pahlavi legends on these coins and a roundtable for the discussion of issues of common interest and coins if anyone wishes to bring them in.

The conference will take place June 19-20, 2003 and is co-sponsored by The Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University and the ANS. Queries and abstracts should be sent by e-mail to Dr. Stuart D. Sears at sears@aucegypt.edu or Dr. Michael L. Bates at bates@amnumsoc.org or by mail to: Dr. Stuart D. Sears, The American University in Cairo, Department of Arabic Studies, Box 2511, Cairo, Egypt 11511. Communications by e-mail are preferred. Abstracts must be submitted by March 1, 2003.