The Endowment for the Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Numismatics
The American Numismatic Society is currently raising money to endow the curator position for Medieval and Renaissance numismatics. Originally begun with a significant gift from ANS Fellow Dr. Howard Minners in 2014, the fund now stands at more than $440,000.
You can help us meet our goal of reaching a full endowment of $2,000,000 for this position by donating to this campaign.
One concrete result that has already been achieved by this drive is the employment of David Yoon as Associate curator of Medieval and Renaissance Coins. In this position, David has greatly strengthened our research and publications in early European numismatics. And as one of the editors of the American Journal of Numismatics, he is actively working to enhance its coverage of Medieval and Renaissance topics.
He is also focused on improving the visibility of the ANS’s collection in this area. This past year he completed a survey of the more than 21,000 sixteenth- and seventeenth-century coins in our collection, and he continues to work closely with ANS photographer Alan Roche to get more of them photographed for our MANTIS database. Just as critically, David has been revising the database descriptions and revamping the too-long neglected cataloging of these coins to ensure that they can be reliably accessed by all interested researchers.
Over the past year some 1,000 coins from the Huntington collection were added to the Medieval Department. They include an extremely important group of early medieval Visigothic coins, but there is also much research potential among the lower-value late medieval Castilian coins, for which we are building a collection that includes considerable depth of typological variation.
Medieval and Renaissance coinage is an exciting and too-often overlooked part of the magnificent ANS collections, and we are thrilled that some of our most passionate supporters have taken up its banner. Join them today by making your gift to this wonderful campaign.