Van Alfen Attends Conferences
In late October, Associate Curator Peter van Alfen attended the Coinage of the Caravan Kingdoms (CCK) conference in Beirut, Lebanon. Organized by German diplomat and numismatist Martin Huth and hosted by the Oriental Institute in Beirut (OIB), the conference brought together specialists in ancient Arabian epigraphy, archaeology, and numismatics for three days of intense and fruitful discussion on the coinage and economies of the Arabian peninsula from the fourth century BC to the sixth century AD. The proceedings from the conference will be published jointly by the ANS and OIB, with an expected publication date of late 2007.
CCK participants Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert and Peter van Alfen with conference organizer Martin Huth at Baalbek in Lebanon
In mid-November, van Alfen attended the American Schools of Oriental Research’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he delivered a paper on the Athenian imitation phenomenon, in a special session devoted to the Persian-period Levant in transition.
At the 2006 annual meeting of the American Institute of Archaeology, to be held in January in Montreal, Canada, van Alfen will serve as a respondent in a session on Roman coinage, which was organized by ANS Summer Seminar alumni Lea Cline and Nathan Elkins.
Workshops, Teaching, and Field Work for Sebastian Heath
Sebastian Heath, who now works at the Society as a Research Scientist, attended two workshops this fall that explored new directions in internet-based collaboration and publication. In September, the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. sponsored a workshop organized by Dr. Neel Smith of the College of the Holy Cross. With Dr. Smith’s assistance, the Center is developing data-sharing standards for both Classical texts and archaeological material. It is hoped that this work will promote the use of web-based search engines that include material from multiple collections, such as the ANS’s large database of ancient coins. In November, Dr. John Bodel of Brown University and Charlotte Roueché of the University of London organized the workshop “Markup for Museums” in Providence, RI. “Markup” refers to the process of encoding digital information so that it is easily published to the internet or shared by scholars working with different computing systems and on multiple research questions. Drs. Bodel and Roueché have worked extensively on the digital publication of ancient inscriptions, and are interested in the overlap between their work and the field of numismatics, especially given the fact that most ancient coins also bear written legends. The ANS already makes its curatorial database of over 500,000 records available on its website, and Dr. Heath’s participation in these workshops will increase the utility of this important resource to scholars and collectors around the world.
In other news, Dr. Heath will again be teaching an undergraduate course at The New School in New York. “Uncovering the Past: An Introduction to Archaeology” will begin in January and is open to degree students as well as noncredit students. The course presents archaeology as an essential contributor to the narrative of human societies. It ranges chronologically from Palaeolithic Europe to the archaeology of antebellum slavery and of nineteenth-century industry in the United States, while also encouraging students to think about such topics as the archaeology of language, and of gender.
Prof. Kenneth Harl at ANS
ANS Trustee and Tulane University history professor Kenneth Harl has been using the ANS as his academic base since September, having been driven from his post in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. Prof. Harl has been making the most of his time at the ANS, revising an article to be published in AJN 18, and working on digital photography of coins for the excavation reports of work at Stratonicea and Gordion in Turkey. Prof. Harl plans to return to New Orleans in January 2006, when Tulane reopens.
New ANS Director of Development
Geoff Giglierano joined the staff of the ANS in October as Director of Development. Geoff has a master’s degree in American Urban History, and has worked in museums of varying sizes for almost three decades. If there is a theme running through his career, it would be diversity, as he has been involved in curatorial, education, publication, exhibition, administration, and development work at institutions such as the Cincinnati Historical Society, the Cincinnati History Museum, the New York City Fire Museum, the New York State Military Museum, and Timexpo: the Timex Museum. His particular interests include living history and World War I.
Most recently, Geoff has been a freelance historian and museum consultant, working for a clientele that ranged from Sideshow Collectibles—a company that makes historically themed action figures—to the National Museum of the United States Army, which is scheduled to open to the public at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, in 2011. One of the things that attracted him to the ANS was the opportunity to be a part of yet another new museum project (this will be his sixth), as well as the chance to work with a dedicated and passionate community of scholars and collectors.
Van Alfen to Teach Course Through NYU
Spring semester 2006, Dr. Peter van Alfen will be teaching an undergraduate course entitled “Greek and Roman Coins and Economies” through New York University, as part of NYU’s Collegiate Honors Seminar program. The course is designed to introduce students to ancient coinages and economies, as well as to the resources of the ANS. The class will meet at the ANS on Friday afternoons.
1,400 ANS Coins to Appear in Roman Provincial Coinage
Liv Yarrow, who in September started as an assistant professor in the Classics Department at Brooklyn College, spent three afternoons in the coin vault with Sebastian Heath, pulling coins for the upcoming fourth volume of Roman Provincial Coinage. Dr. Yarrow received her D.Phil from Oxford University, where she worked closely with Chris Howgego, Acting Keeper of the Heberden Coin Room at the Ashmolean Museum. Along with Volker Heuchert, Dr. Howgego is the editor of RPC IV, which covers the Antonine period. Over 1,400 ANS coins will be included in this volume, and the photography of the coins has been generously underwritten by the Paley Foundation, in conjunction with ANS members.
Sebastian Heath and Liv Yarrow
Hermitage Museum Numismatist at ANS
Olga Chizhevskaya, Research Associate in the Numismatics Department of the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, visited the ANS as part of her research trip, sponsored by the joint Hermitage/Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) exchange program. Her three-week stay in the United States encompasses library and collections research at three major American museums: MMA, ANS, and the Smithsonian. Olga’s scientific interests mainly lie in the field of European, particularly Dutch, medals. She spent several days in November at the ANS examining our holdings of sixteenth- to eighteenth-century Dutch medals and consulting recent publications relevant to her research topics. As a token of appreciation for the hospitality extended to her during the visit, Olga donated to the ANS ten commemorative Russian coins, both Soviet and post-Soviet.
New Schwartz Fellow
Luca Grillo, a native of Milan, Italy, has been made the new ANS 2005-2006 Schwartz Fellow. Luca received an M.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Minnesota, and is currently a third-year graduate student in Classsics at Princeton University. His areas of academic interest are in the Greek language and Homer, Latin Augustan poetry, Latin historians (especially Sallustius, Caesar, and Tacitus), and coins of the late Roman republican period.
ANS Awards Huntington Medals to Amandry and Mossman
Dr. Wartenberg Kagan announced at the Annual meeting that the Trustees of the American Numismatic Society unanimously approved awarding the Huntington Medal Award to two distinguished numismatists. Dr. Michel Amandry, Director of the Cabinet des Médailles at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France, was awarded the 2004 Medal for his exemplary work in the field of ancient numismatics. Dr. Philip Mossman was given the 2005 medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of colonial numismatics. The committee’s Chairman, Professor Jere L. Bacharach, commented on both medalists’ outstanding records: “Michel Amandry is one of the most distinguished numismatists, who, as coauthor of Roman Provincial Coinage, has produced some of the most important numismatic scholarship on Roman provincial coinage. Dr. Mossman’s book on Money of the American Colonies and Confederation, A Numismatic, Economic, and Historical Correlation is without a doubt one of the best books on colonial numismatics, which is praised by historians and numismatists alike.” The ANS will announce the dates for the two award ceremonies, which will be held in 2006.
Dr. Michel Amandry
Dr. Amandry was born in 1949 in Greece. From an early age he was exposed through his father Pierre Amandry, one of France’s best-known archaeologists, to the study of antiquity. After his baccalauréat in Strasbourg, Alsace, he studied at the university, where he received his Licence and Maîtrise in Classics. 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 coin cabinet of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, which he has been leading as Director since 1991. In addition he has held various teaching appointments in Paris. As editor of the Revue Numismatique and many other publications, he is involved in many other numismatic organizations and societies. In his research he has been instrumental in bringing the so-called Roman Provincial coinage to the attention of 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 numismatics projects undertaken in recent decades. Other areas of important work are the coinages of Cyprus, coin hoards from France, and many general overviews.
Dr. Philip Mossman
Dr. Philip Mossman, 2005 Huntington Medalist, has been a collector and numismatic researcher since he was a child. Born in 1933 in Worcester, MA, he received his A.B. from Dartmouth College, where he also attended medical school. After obtaining his M.A. and M.D. from Harvard Medical School, he served as Lieutenant on active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve. His professional career as Director of Rehabilitation at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME, was largely devoted to the rehabilitation of stroke victims, an area in which Dr. Mossman has published the standard work A Problem-Oriented Approach to Stroke Rehabilitation. Dr. Mossman’s numismatic career has been concerned with the early colonial period. His book on Money of the American Colonies and Confederation, A Numismatic, Economic, and Historical Correlation is justly regarded as one of the finest works on the numismatic and economic history of the colonial period. His work focuses on setting the numismatic evidence into a historic context by researching archival documents. More recently he has been trying to compile a census of coin finds from early sites, where he uses both the results of professional archaeologists and metal detectorists. He has worked on counterfeit coinages, Connecticut coppers, and many other early coinages. As a fluent French speaker, he has been of much help as an editor of other researchers’ books, which owe much to his knowledge. From 1995 to 2000, he served as editor of the Colonial Newsletter. His fascination with the coinages of Nova Scotia has a strong personal dimension. His father’s family traces its roots to Nova Scotia in the mid-eighteenth century, which prompted him to write a book about his own family history, In Search of David, The Saga of a Pioneer to Nova Scotia in 1750.
ANS Annual Meeting
The 148th Annual Meeting of The American Numismatic Society was held at the Society at 140 William Street, New York, NY, on Saturday, October 23, 2004, with Donald G. Partrick, President, presiding. Approximately fifty-five members, including most of the Trustees, attended the meeting, which was followed by a reception in the ground floor Hall. The President, Treasurer, Executive Director, and ANS staff reported on the activities of the past year.
ANS annual meeting
Trustees and Fellows Elected
On behalf of Douglass F. Rohrman, Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee, the names were read of those nominated for the consideration and election by the Fellows, of the following Trustees and others, all of whom, in the opinion of the Committee exhibited the characteristics set forth in Article III, Section 1 of the ANS By-Laws to serve as Trustees in varying classes (2006-2008). The fellows of the Society unanimously elected to confirm the nomination of nine incumbent and two new candidates to the Board of Trustees. The Fellows present at the meeting raised their hands in favor of the nominations, and eighty-two proxies by mail were counted:
Class of 2008:
Mr. John W. Adams, of Boston, MA, was first elected to the ANS Board in 2000. An ANS donor and Chairman of the Library Committee, Mr. Adams has been a successful fundraiser for the library. He is the author of Indian Peace Medals of George III and U.S. Numismatic Literature (Vols. 1-2), and has written numerous monographs and articles. His book The Medals Concerning John Law and the Mississippi System (NNM #167) will be published this year by the American Numismatic Society. Mr. Adams is Chairman of Adams Harkness Inc. an investment bank specializing in emerging growth companies. He received his B.A. from Princeton in 1957, and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1960.
Mr. Daniel Hamelberg, of Champaign, IL, has been a member since 1986, a Life Fellow since 2002, and was first elected to the Board in 2004. An aficionado of rare American numismatic auction catalogues and literature, Mr. Hamelberg serves on the Library Committee, and is a major donor to the Francis D. Campbell Library Chair.
Mr. Robert A. Kandel, of New Rochelle, NY, has been on the ANS Board since 2000. As counsel to the firm of Kaye, Scholer, LLP in New York City, his areas of experience include legislative and regulatory matters, real estate, real estate litigation, 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. An ANS donor, his numismatic interests include U.S. coins, particularly the Lincoln cent. Mr. Kandel received his B.A. degree, with honors in history, from Williams College (1969), and his law degree from Columbia University School of Law (1972).
Mr. Clifford L. Mishler, of Iola, WI, has been an ANS member since 1958, a Fellow since 1968, a Life Fellow since 1978, and was first elected to the Board in 1997. Mr. Mishler is a donor to the Society, and co-sponsor with Chet Krause, of the Krause-Mishler Forum. A former Chairman of Krause Publications, in Iola, WI, Cliff Mishler was with the company, founded by Chet Krause, since 1963. He served in positions of increased responsibility prior to assuming the role of chairman (2000-2002), including: staff, editor of Numismatic News, corporate V.P. positions, and president. He is a life member of ANA (received the Farran Zerbe Award in 1984) and various other numismatic clubs and organizations. Cliff Mishler is co-author of several Krause catalogues, including World Coins and Commemorative Medals and Tokens.
Mr. Emilio M. Ortiz, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been an ANS Member since 1983, Life Associate Member since 1997, and Fellow and Trustee since 2002. He is a collector of coins of the Spanish Empire and specializes in Cuba. He is a regular visitor to the ANS and has participated as a speaker in a past COAC. Since joining the ANS, he has been a regular donor to the Society. Mr. Ortiz is a very popular member of the large community of collectors of Latin American coins. He has been a Life Member of the ANA since 1985, as well as a Life Member of FUN (Florida United Numismatists), and is a cofounder and boardmember of the Cuban Numismatic Association. Mr. Ortiz is president of Servimetal, Inc., a Puerto Rican company specializing in rolled steel products.
Mr. Douglass F. Rohrman, of Kenilworth, IL, is a Senior Partner in the Chicago law firm of Lord, Bissell & Brook, LLP, where he practices environmental law. He received an A.B. degree from Duke University in history and comparative literature and a J.D. from Northwestern University in 1966. He has co-authored two books involving environmental regulation of lending institutions and commercial risk management, has authored numerous legal articles on environmental regulation and food and drug law, and was a former Commissioner of the Illinois Food and Drug Commission in the 1970s. He was a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and Counsel to the U.S. Surgeon General at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1966 through 1969. Doug has a long-time interest in primitive art and American antiques, and has avid interests in Roman imperial and provincial coins. A Life Associate, he became a Fellow in 2001, and was elected to the Board in 2003. He has sat as Chairman of the ANS Advisory Committee from 2000 to 2003. Currently, Doug serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Mr. Peter K. Tompa, of Washington D.C., received a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University and a law degree from American University. A partner at Dillingham & Murphy, LLP, his practice includes providing advice and lobbying services to clients related to the trade in cultural artifacts. He has represented numismatic associations and trade groups before the State Department’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee. This body advises the President on whether to impose import restrictions on ancient artifacts. He also has written extensively on the subject. Peter became a member in 1993, a life fellow in 2001, elected to the Board in 1999, and is a past chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee. He collects ancient coins and specializes in the coins of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Peter is also a past “First Consul” or president of the Ancient Numismatic Society of Washington, D.C.
Ms. Susan Gerwe Tripp, of Stuyvesant, NY, is a member of Board of Trustees of the Columbia County Historical Society. Having served as President for five years she is currently the Board Secretary. The Society owns and administers three historic structures, including one National Landmark building. From 1974 to 1991, Ms. Tripp was Curator, Keeper of the Coins, and Director of University Collections at Johns Hopkins University. She worked closely with the Garrett Collections (publishing their extensive collections of Japanese Works of Art [Dauphin Press, London, 1993]); spearheaded and oversaw the remarkable twelve-year restoration of the National Landmark building, Homewood (built by Declaration of Independence signer Charles Carroll of Carrollton), which opened to international accolades in 1987; and later directed the restoration of the Garrett mansion Evergreen House. After leaving the University, Mrs. Tripp was Executive Director of Old Westbury Gardens. She has taught, lectured, and written extensively on historic restoration. Susan Tripp is a strong supporter of the ANS and, with her husband, David, was instrumental in arranging the donation of the Garrett numismatic archives to the Society. She has served on the Standing Library Committee for three years, was elected as a Fellow of the Society in 2002, and to the ANS Board in 2004.
Dr. Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, of Barrington, RI, is an orthopaedic surgeon who also holds appointments as Professor as well as Dean of Admissions at the Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Weiss received his B.A. in Human Biology and Engineering Physics and his Doctorate of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Weiss has authored extensively, holds several patents, and has received many fellowships in his specialty of hand surgery. A collector of ancient coins, Dr. Weiss joined the ANS in 1989, became a life fellow, and was elected to the Board 1995. A donor to the Society, he currently serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee.
Class of 2007:
Mr. Charles Paul Karukstis, of Claremont, CA, has been a member since 1978, a Life Associate since 1994, and a fellow since 2003. Charles is the Director of the Project Management Office for Aramark Uniform Services Inc., in Burbank, CA. He earned a B.A. (1977) and M.A. (1978) from Duke University. He co-chaired the ANS Arab-Byzantine Forums from 1995 to 2000, has served on the Advisory Committee since 2002, currently as chairman, and is at present the North American Secretary for the Oriental Numismatic Society. For some twenty years his research has been the imitative or “Arab-Byzantine” coinages of greater Syria in the first century of the Islamic Empire, with special interest in die studies and circulation patterns. He is presently preparing a corpus of this material from major public and private collections.
Class of 2006:
Mr. Sydney Martin, of Doylestown, PA, has been a member since 1997, and a life associate since 2000. He is president of the SYTEX Group, Inc. (TSGI), a nationally recognized group of information technology companies. A speaker at the 2003 COAC: Our Nation’s Coinage, Varied Origins, on the subject of “The ‘Georgius Triumpho’/Danish West Indies Mule,” he has authored and coauthored articles on colonial coinage in the CNL and C-4 newsletters.
A full list of the ANS Board of Trustees is located at the ANS website (http://www.numismatics.org).
Election of Fellows
Mr. Rohrman reported that pursuant to Article III Section 1 of the ANS By-Laws, the Nominating and Governance Committee nominated for the Board of Trustees’ consideration and election the following persons, having the personal and professional characteristics required by the ANS By-Laws, to become ANS Fellows. At their meeting on October 22, 2005, the Trustees elected the following 9 new Fellows:
Dr. Murray Gell-Mann, of Santa Fe, NM, has been an ANS member since 1974, and is a collector. Dr. Gell-Mann received the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles.
Mr. Michael J. Hodder, of Wolfeboro, NH, has been a member since 1978, and was a member of our Graduate Seminar program. He is a frequent contributor to ANS publications.
Mr. Louis E. Jordan, of South Bend, IN, has been a member since 2000, is a member of the CNL editorial team, and is a frequent contributor to the ANS.
Mr. Herbert L. Kreindler, of Melville, NY, has been a member since 1973, is a dealer, contributor to ANS collections, and helps frequently with appraisals of collections donated to the Society.
Dr. Joel Orosz, of Kalamazoo, MI, joined in 1987, is a frequent contributor to the AJN on early American numismatic issues, and does research on ANS materials.
Mr. Neil Rothschild, of Owings Mills, MD, has been a member of the ANS since 1995. A collector of colonial coins, he is a strong supporter of the Society’s curatorial department.
Mr. Donald Scarinci, of Waldwick, NJ, joined the ANS in 1991, is a member of the Saltus Committee and an ANS contributor. He is one of five founding officers of the Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C-4), founded in 1992. In 2005, Mr. Scarinci was appointed to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC).
Dr. Jeffrey Spier, of Tucson, AZ, is a well-known academic, and currently Adjunct Professor in the Classics Department, College of Humanities, at the University of Arizona, Tucson. A long-time member (1985), Dr. Spier has authored and co-authored several articles on Greek coins and gems.
Mr. Raymond J. Williams, of Trenton, NJ, is President of C4, and an ANS member since 1995. Specializing in colonial American coinage, Ray contributed to the recent ANS publication: The Copper Coinage of the State of New Jersey: Annotated Manuscript of Damon G. Douglas, and has written often on the subject of New Jersey Coppers.
A full list of the ANS Fellows can be found on the ANS website (http://www.numismatics.org).
Election of New Officers
Pursuant to Article VI Sections 1 and 2, and upon the personal recommendation of the President and Executive Director, Mr. Rohrman announced the names of the newly elected Officers of the Board of Trustees:
Mr. Donald G. Partrick, President; Mr. Roger Siboni, First Vice President; Prof. John H. Kroll, Second Vice President, Dr. Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, Treasurer.
Pursuant to Article V Section 11, Mr. Rohrman stated the names of the newly organized Standing Committees of the Board:
Executive Committee: Mr. Donald Partrick, Chairman, Mr. John W. Adams, Mr. Arthur Houghton III, Mr. Robert Kandel, Mr. Douglass F. Rohrman, Mr. Roger Siboni, Dr. Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, and Dr. Ute Wartenberg, Ex-Officio; Nominating and Governance Committee: Mr. Robert Kandel, Mr. Clifford Mishler, Mr. Donald Partrick, Mr. Douglass F. Rohrman, Chairman, Mr. Peter K. Tompa, Dr. Ute Wartenberg, Ex-Officio.
William S. Paley Foundation
During 2005, the ANS has received significant support from the William S. Paley Foundation. Earlier in the year, this came in the form of a $5,000 contribution to the general fund and $2,500 to fund photography work.
Just recently, the foundation committed to make additional gifts of $10,000 to the endowment for the curatorial chair in the Islamic Department, and $4,500 to underwrite photography of the Society’s collection of Roman gold coins.
With the donation from the Paley Foundation, the Islamic Chair fund will total $100,000, making that endowment an important source of funding for that portion of our curatorial activities.
Support for the ANS by the Paley Foundation has been facilitated by Sidney Harl, who is the father of ANS trustee Prof. Ken Harl. Since the mid-1990s, the foundation has regularly made major gifts to the Society for a variety of purposes, including the general fund. Mr. Harl’s ongoing efforts on the Society’s behalf are very much appreciated, especially considering that he was displaced from his home in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. Under the circumstances, it would have been understandable for Mr. Harl to have focused his attention on matters other than ensuring that the donations were made to the ANS, but he very kindly has continued to look after the Society’s interests. And the story does have a happy ending for the Harls. As their home, which is located in a historic part of New Orleans, was not severely damaged by the storm and flooding, they will be able to return to it soon. We wish them well and again thank Mr. Harl for his ongoing assistance to the ANS.
We also would like to note that Professor Harl himself has made another gift to the ANS of $1,000, by purchasing a tray in the Roman collection in honor of his mother Virginia Harl, and he has asked us to mention that he calls upon all alumni to match his example.
An excellent opportunity to do so will be during the upcoming ANS’s annual End of Year Appeal. Members and friends of the Society soon will be receiving notice about the appeal in the mail, and we hope that our supporters will again come through in making it possible for the ANS to carry out its mission.