Van Alfen Book Launch Party

Dr. van Alfen signs his book for Ambassador Tsilas

On August 12, 2004, the ANS hosted a launching party for Dr. Peter van Alfen’s new book, A Simple Souvenir: Coins and Medals of the Olympic Games. Addressing the crowd of over a hundred guests were Robert Hoge, the MC of the evening, Ambassador Loucas Tsilas, the Executive Director of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, and Dr. van Alfen, who spoke about the use and abuse of the Olympic tradition in the modern age. The party coincided with the opening of the 2004 Summer Olympic in Athens. The book is available through both the ANS ( and The David Brown Book Company.