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Money Talks is a monthly interactive lecture series, appropriate for all levels of coin collectors and enthusiasts. This is a rare, hands-on experience where attendees will view relevant coins, banknotes, and medals while learning about the broader world of numismatics. Money Talks are held on Saturdays at the ANS headquarters in New York City. Lunch is included.

All in person talks will be limited to 15 attendants.

Money Talks: numismatic conversations is supported by an ANS endowment fund generously given in honor of Mr. Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli and Mrs. Elvira Clain-Stefanelli.


Past Money Talks:

Mithridatic Wars and Bronze Coinage in the Roman Province of Asia
with Lucia Carbone

Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET
This is a virtual Lecture

Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone will explore the progressive standardization of various civic bronze denominational systems in Provincia Asia. Her thesis is that these complex processes were jump-started over the course of the Mithridatic Wars and came to completion during the 40s BCE, during the seminal years of the Second Triumvirate.

Observing Coins to Learn about Greek Coin Production
with Caroline Carrier, Jérémy Artru, and Thomas Faucher
Saturday, September 25, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET
This is a virtual Lecture

Dr. Caroline Carrier (École normale supérieure de Lyon,, Jérémy Artru (Orléans University, and Dr. Thomas Faucher (Centre d'Études Alexandrines, will present an ongoing project on Greek coins with observable traces, including overstrikes, brockages, and cracked flans. This study seeks to assess which process created these traces and what they reveal about coin production. The speakers invite ANS members to send them pictures of coins with intriguing traces. Assessment of these examples will be included in the discussion following the presentation. Reach out to the speakers at their emails listed above. 

We’re on the Money: Bringing New Collectors to Numismatics Through the Black Money Exhibit
with Dr. Harcourt Fuller
Saturday, August 14, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET
This is a virtual Lecture

Join Associate Professor at Georgia State University Dr. Harcourt Fuller as he delves into the currencies from more than 80 countries in Africa, Europe, and the Americas that illustrate 10,000 years of Black history.  He will discuss his traveling exhibition, Black Money: World Currencies Featuring African and African Diasporic History and Cultures and the importance of money—not just as something to spend, but also as a visual source of knowledge about world histories and cultures. Watch on YouTube.

Dr. Harcourt Fuller is a Fulbright Global Scholar and Associate Professor of History in the Department of History at Georgia State University (GSU). He holds a PhD in International History and an MSc (with Merit) in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE), in addition to a BA in International Studies and an MA in History from the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Fuller's publications include the monograph, Building the Ghanaian Nation-State: Kwame Nkrumah's Symbolic Nationalism (2014), the co-edited book Money in Africa (2009), as well as book chapters, and articles in peer-reviewed journals such as African Studies QuarterlyNations and NationalismAfrican ArtsJournal of Africana Religions, and Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

The Roman Republic to 49 BCE: Using Coins as Sources 
with Dr. Liv Yarrow
Saturday, July 24, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET
This is a virtual Lecture

Prof. Liv Mariah Yarrow’s new book The Republic to 49 BCE: Using Coins as Sources (Cambridge University Press 2021) will be released in the United States officially on July 15.  To mark the occasion, this talk addresses some of the challenges and joys of making numismatic questions and findings accessible and compelling for students and scholars of Roman history.  She will also discuss the evolution of the book, lessons learned, and the projects it has inspired.  Special attention will be given to new and disputed type identifications and their historical significance.

Liv Mariah Yarrow is a Professor at the City University of New York , in Classics at Brooklyn College and in Classics and History at the Graduate Center.  She co-directs the Roman Republican Die Project with Dr. Lucia Carbone at the American Numismatic Society, preserving and expanding the work of Dr. Richard Schaefer. Watch it on YouTube.

The Brenner 150 Exhibition: 150 Years of V. D. B.: Secrets of the Coins
with with Assistant Curator of American Numismatics Jesse Kraft, ANS Fellow Scott H. Miller, and MFA Boston Director of Exhibitions Patrick McMahon
Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET
This is a virtual Lecture

By the time of the Hahlo Exhibition in 1912, Victor David Brenner was a globally-acclaimed sculptor and was still receiving accolades for his famed Lincoln cent of 1909. The exhibition effectively served as a survey of his life’s work up to that point, showcasing pieces he produced early in his career alongside others that were freshly struck. The Brenner 150 Exhibition is a new digital recreation of the famous original display. In addition to the 1912 Hahlo Exhibition having displayed 150 pieces of his work, the year 2021 marks the 150th anniversary of his birth—June 12, 1871. Join Assistant Curator of American Numismatics Jesse Kraft, ANS Fellow Scott H. Miller, and MFA Boston Director of Exhibitions Patrick McMahon on June 12, 2021 for the official launch of the digital exhibition, a tour through the website, and a discussion on the sculptor and his body of work. Watch it on YouTube.

Bar Kokhba Revolt: Secrets of the Coins
with David Hendin
Saturday, May 22, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET
This is a virtual Lecture

Bar Kokhba was a rebel Jewish leader in Judaea who led a revolt against the Roman Empire from 132–135 CE. His coins differed in many respects from the Judean coins that preceded them—depicting the Jerusalem Temple, which had been destroyed in 70 CE, and many elements of Jewish worship. Why did they focus on the nation of "Israel" rather than "Judea?" What was the shekel of the time of Bar Kokhba? How and why were the coins manufactured? Who was the mysterious "Eleazar the Priest"? On May 22, ANS Vice President and Adjunct Curator David Hendin will discuss the mysteries of these coins and place them into their context as the last ancient Judean coins. Watch it on YouTube.

Scenes from an Exposition: Columbus, Coins, Ships and Controversy in 1890s America
with Peter van Alfen
Saturday, April 24, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET
This is a virtual Lecture

In recent years Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day have become quite controversial, to such an extent, in fact, that throughout much of 2020 barricades were set up around Columbus Circle in New York City to protect the monument from vandalism, while the explorer’s statue in Central Park had 24/7 police protection. Undoubtedly, the height of Columbus’ esteem in the US was in 1892-93, the years the Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago, organized ostensibly to celebrate Columbus’ landfall in the Caribbean 400 years before, but really a stupendous display of fin de siècle art, architecture, and technology. This Money Talks will explore the origins of the Exposition and Columbus’ popularity in 19th century America (and subsequent downfall in the 20th), the ANS’s vast holdings of coins, medals, and tokens from the fair and the disputes between artists and officials over the production of some items. Also discussed will be material associated with the often overlooked New York City Columbian Celebration and Naval Review that kicked off the festivities and placated New Yorkers to some degree for their loss to Chicago for the honor of hosting the Exposition. Watch it on YouTube.

Colonial American Paper Money of the ANS Collection
with Dr. Jesse Kraft
March 27, 2021 | 1:00 pm
This is a virtual Lecture

In a New World devoid of metallic currency, most colonies in the British American colonies had begun to issue paper currency within the first decades of the 18th century. Dr. Jesse Kraft presents the American colonial paper currency that resides in the ANS Collection. In addition to the standard state paper money and Continental Currency of the era, his talk will feature counterfeit and altered notes, sheets and bundles of unissued currency, as well as lottery tickets, local money, and other non-conventional paper issues. Furthermore, this discussion will include some contemporaneous coinage to form historical connections between the paper and metallic money of the era and show that neither ever lived in isolation from one another. Watch it on YouTube.

The Question of Gold in Fourth-Century Egypt
with Dr. Irene Soto Marín
Saturday, February 27, 2021 | 1:00 pm
This is a virtual Lecture

The gold solidus is among the most iconic objects of Late Antiquity. Originally introduced by Diocletian as part of his numerous monetary reforms, the coin’s weight was reduced and it was more widely minted by Constantine, becoming a symbol of stability of the Late Roman and Byzantine Empires. In fact, studies of the solidus, used in tandem with papyrological evidence from Egypt, have formed a central part of seminal scholarship regarding the nature of the Late Antique economy. But how early did this “Golden Age” begin? This talk will present the numismatic evidence for fourth century solidi found in Egypt in order to bring nuance to the role of gold coinage throughout this important initial period of monetary and economic transition. Watch it on YouTube.

Dutch Medals of the Golden Age
with Stephen Scher and Arnold-Peter C. Weiss
Saturday, January 30, 2021 | 1:00 pm
This is a virtual Lecture

Through its medallic history, Dr. Stephen Scher and Dr. Arnold-Peter C. Weiss highlight the importance of the Dutch Republic in the 17th century from its status as a trading powerhouse, its military prowess, its standing as the art center of Europe, and the technological revolution taking place at that time. With Dr. Scher discussing cast and struck medals and Dr. Weiss discussing engraved medals, They will contextualize the medallic art of this century and describe how these events shaped its production—specifically touching on the hollow “plaquette-penningen” and the engraved types, which are typically Dutch. Watch it on YouTube.


The Silver Coinage of Iran under its Early Muslim Governors, 651-705
with Michael Bates
Saturday, December 12, 2020 | 1:00 pm
This is a virtual Lecture

Join ANS Fellow and Curator Emeritus Michael Bates for the final Money Talks of 2020. The coinage of Iran in the long second half of the seventh century, as currently presented, has all the structure of a swarm of bees, but by focusing on regular issues, with anomalous coins put aside, in the context of geography, of the Arab administrative hierarchy, of the sequence of governors and of the general history of the caliphate, it is easy to recognize twelve successive chronological phases. In each of these, the geographical distribution of mints and the names of officials on the coins illuminate, supplement, and correct the literary histories of later composition. Watch it on YouTube.

The Ephemeral Flying Eagle: Gobrecht Dollars in the ANS Collection
with Eric Krauss
Saturday,  November 7, 2020 | 1:00 pm
This is a virtual Lecture

The ANS holds the world’s largest collection of Flying Eagle or Gobrecht Dollars in the world, with an example of every variety save one, as well as a group of extremely rare trial strikes and related patterns. The majority of the collection was donated by Dr. Julius Korein in 2008. The Flying Eagle Dollar remains an actively researched and highly controversial area of United States numismatics, and the ANS collection constitutes a unique and invaluable resource in their study. This presentation will explore the origins of the coin and the misadventures attending its design, leading to the final abandonment of the iconic flying eagle motif. Using never-before seen high-resolution images of coins from the collection, competing theories will be explored and discussed in an effort to better understand. Watch it on YouTube.

Die studies: Inferences about Chronology, Mint Organization, and Die Numbers
with Warren Esty
Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 1:00 pm
This is a virtual Lecture

What can be learned from a die study? Join ANS Fellow Dr. Warren Esty for a Money Talks on how to find die links, what to do with the information you find, and how to use the resulting data to estimate the original number of dies. Dr. Esty will discuss the difficulties and caveats in gathering and analyzing this type of information. Watch it on YouTube.

Justinian 'the Great' and the Perplexing Light-weight Solidi
with Robert Hoge
Saturday, September 12, 2020 | 1:00 pm
This is a virtual Lecture

“One of the most intractable problems in Byzantine numismatics has proven to be the light weight solidus, struck at various times through the 6th and 7th centuries. A satisfactory explanation remains to be found.”- CNG. Introduced by Justinian I following his generals' reconquest of much of the Western part of the empire, and minted into the reign of Justinian II, 150 years later, the intention and circumstances—and in some cases even the mints—of these enigmatic coins remain largely unknown. Watch it on YouTube. 

The Significance of Diana on the Coinage of Nerva: Finding the Founder of a Temple to Diana in Nerva’s Rome
with Nathan Elkins
Saturday, August 22 | 1:00 pm ET
This is a virtual Lecture

The identity of the founder of the Temple of Diana Planciana in Rome has been a subject of ongoing speculation for centuries. On account of a senatorial family’s eponym in the temple’s name, it is generally assumed to have been built in the late Republic or early in the reign of Augustus by either Cn. Plancius orL. Munatius Plancus. M. Plancius Varus of Perge, whose family was devoted to the worship of Artemis/Diana and who was a prominent senator under Nero and Vespasian, is another possibility, for the epigraphic attestations of the temple cannot be securely dated before the early second century CE. I propose another candidate as the founder, Cornutus Tertullus, who was probably a Plancius through adoption and whose career Nerva actively promoted alongside Pliny’s. Cornutus Tertullus was also married to Plancia Magna, priestess of Artemis at Perge. Nerva styled himself as an inheritor of the Augustan legacy and as espousing republican values, which would have allowed senatorial initiative in the construction of a temple. Attribution of the temple, or perhaps a reconstruction of it, to Cornutus Tertullus also explains the unusual interest in Diana on the coinage of Nerva.

From Acorn to Sapling: The American Numismatic Society before Huntington
with ANS Librarian David Hill
Saturday, August 1, 2020 | 1:00 pm ET
This is a virtual lecture.

The ANS’s symbol is the mighty oak grown from a tiny acorn. But the tree didn’t become fully rooted until after 1905, when Archer Huntington—who gave the Society a building, a professional staff, and a firm commitment to scholarly publishing—became president. We will look at the Society during its pre-Huntington, “sapling” years, taking into consideration its members as well as other nineteenth-century numismatic groups. Watch on YouTube.

An Introduction to the State Coinages of the Confederation, 1785 - 1788
With Ray Williams
Saturday, July 18 | 1:00 pm ET
This is a virtual lecture.

Under the Articles of Confederation, the rights of the individual states to coin money was recognized.  The states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey took advantage and passed legislation authorizing the production of a copper coinage.  Vermont was not yet a state, but followed suit.  When the Constitution was ratified, it took away the states' right to produce their own coinage.  We will present an overview of the legislation, mints, people involved and the coins themselves. Watch on YouTube.

What's New at Newman Portal?
with Len Ausburger
Saturday June 27 | 1:00 pm ET
This is a virtual lecture.

The Newman Numismatic Portal is an online numismatic library that holds over 40,000 items. This presentation will provide an overview of the collection and in particular discuss activities at the ANS library. The Newman Portal is administered by Washington University in St. Louis, with funding from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, and maintains scanning operations at Washington University, ANS, and the National Archives & Records Administration. Len Augsburger, NNP Project Coordinator and ANS Fellow, will present. Watch on YouTube.

Die Münzprägung von Milet: Neue Forschungen und Wege
with Professor Dr. Bernhard Weisser, Berlin
Dr. Ute Wartenberg, New York,
Rudolf Hilbert, München
25 Juni 2020 | 18h CET (1:00 pm EST)

Milet, die bedeutende Metropole an der Westküste Kleinasiens, war für eine der umfangreichsten Münzprägungen der archaischen Antike verantwortlich. In dieser Folge der Money Talks werden neue Forschungen und Publikationen, insbesondere zur Archaik und Elektronprägung vorgestellt.

Die Veranstaltung, die für den deutschsprachigen Raum eine Premiere ist, besteht aus kurzen Vorträgen und einem Gespräch unter Einbeziehung aller Teilnehmer. Mitglieder der American Numismatic Society, der Berliner Numismatischen Gesellschaft, der Bayerischen Numismatischen Gesellschaft und der Deutschen Numismatischen Gesellschaft sind zu diesem Vortrag in deutscher Sprache herzlich eingeladen. Das Treffen wird auf einer Cisco Webex Platform stattfinden.

Stories and Conversations as Recorded by Seleucid Coins
with Oliver D. Hoover
Saturday, May 30 | 1:00 pm ET
This is a virtual lecture.

Among its many wonders, the ANS cabinet houses the largest collection of Seleucid coins in the world. From the perspective of talking money, these coins should be counted among real chatterboxes. Whether it is about their royal issuers, the cities in which they were produced, or even each other, there is always something to say. Some recount stories of divine descent, daring escapes, and triumph in war traceable in the literary record; others are of more philosophical bent, carrying on the conversation between ruler and ruled regarding the nature of power in the Seleucid Empire (312-64 BC); while still others bicker among themselves over much more parochial matters. Join ANS Adjunct Curator and Editor Oliver Hoover to hear some of their many stories and conversations. Watch on YouTube.

Currency with Consequences: Circulating Counterfeits in the United States
With Jesse Kraft
Saturday, May 16 | 1:00 pm ET
This is a virtual lecture.

Counterfeit money has circulated in the United States for more than 350 years. From 17th-century Massachusetts silver to 20th-century Jefferson nickels and present-day paper currency, virtually no type of money has escaped the scruples of a counterfeiter. Many have gone to great lengths to replicate genuine coins in order to successfully pass their pieces to unsuspecting victims. Some counterfeit coins and currency circulated for years before the truth came to light. At the same time, a coterie of vigilantes were always on the lookout for fake money, and seemingly longed to bring an end to a small-time forger or a large counterfeiting ring. Join Dr. Jesse Kraft to discuss the various methods that counterfeiters used to deceive, follies that led to their demise, and the punishments that they ultimately received. Watch on YouTube.

Coins and Computation: New Developments in the Computer-Aided Die Study
with Zachary Taylor and Dr. Peter van Alfen
April 25, 2020 | 1:00 pm
This is a virtual lecture.

Die studies help numismatists learn about the ancient money supply, mint layout and manufacturing processes, and much more, but can be tedious and strenuous to conduct. The Computer-Aided Die Study (CADS) aims to solve this problem by automating a vast majority of the ‘busy work’ in a die study, cutting the time needed for sorting and clustering by orders of magnitude. Zachary Taylor, who will be graduating this May with a degree in Computer Science from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX), undertook the development of CADS for his honors thesis and will present the preliminary and promising results in this Money Talks. He and Chief Curator Peter van Alfen will introduce and demonstrate the CADS tool, summarize the computer vision and clustering methods it uses, and finally suggest how CADS might be used to aid numismatists going forward. Watch on YouTube.

Antony and Cleopatra: A Match Made on Coinage
with Dr. Lucia Carbone
April 4, 2020 | 1:00 pm
This is a virtual lecture.

Mark Antony is one of the most fascinating and contradictory figures in the history of Late Republic Rome. Oblivious of his legitimate Roman wife Octavia and of his duty towards Rome, he allegedly submitted to the degraded East, represented by the Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII Eupator. However, his passion for Cleopatra could be seen as a way to establish a privileged relationship between the Roman Empire and Egypt, the cradle of an ancient culture but also a key provider of wheat. On the other hand, Cleopatra, a woman who could speak seven languages and had lived for years in Rome, likely saw in Mark Antony a fascinating and capable partner in the creation of a Roman-Egyptian dynasty in the Eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. Coinage represented a central element in Antony and Cleopatra’s dynastic propaganda. Their monetary policy in the East represented a real ‘revolution’, a turning point for the coinage produced and circulating in the Eastern provinces of the Empire. In the iconography, the medium and the weight of their coins, Antony and Cleopatra introduced radical changes that became the norm in the Imperial Age. Watch on YouTube.

Coinages in the Persian Empire
with Dr. Ute Wartenberg & Dr. Peter van Alfen
February 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

Until a few decades ago, the Achaemenid (Persian) Empire (ca. 550–330 BC) was primarily known through Greek writers such as Herodotus. Gold and silver coins, known as darics and sigloi, were minted under various kings, and satraps, governors of provinces, were known to have minted coins as well. Archaeological research and publications of a wide variety of Achaemenid sources have dramatically enhanced the picture of both the Empire and its coinage in recent years.  Peter van Alfen and Ute Wartenberg offer a discussion of some of this new research, which considers the historical and administrative aspects of the coins, while also examining the iconography and portraiture.


Wine and Coins
Alex Conison, MJ McNamara, and Gilles Bransbourg
December 14 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

With Wine Pairing: Members $100, Non-Members $130
Without Wine Pairing: Members $50, Non-Members $80

Join Alex Conison, PhD on the Ancient Roman wine trade and senior brand manager for Jose Cuervo USA, and MJ Macamara, PhD candidate in classics and NYC chef, with our Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg for an edible history of ancient Rome. Come and enjoy food prepared via ancient Roman recipes, paired with the wine produced by ancient techniques, and see the coins that would have paid for it all.

Mary Jean McNamara is currently taking her final exams for a Ph.D. in Classics at CUNY’s Graduate Center. Her M.A. thesis focused on citizenship grants in ancient Athens. Her current focus involves ethnic identity and citizenship. Prior to attending graduate school, Mary Jean worked as a chef in New York City restaurants including San Domenico, the Spotted Pig, and Blue Water Grill. Her interest in the food of ancient Greece and Rome centers on the production and trade of garum, the ubiquitous fish sauce that served as an essential ingredient in both savory and sweet preparations. 

Coinage of the Ancient Black Sea
ANS Collections Manager, Elena Stolyarik
November 16, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

There is a complicated history to the ancient Greek colonies on the Northern and Western coast of the Pontus Euxinus—the ancient name of the Black Sea. Far on the edge of the ancient Greek world, there is evidence of extensive contact between the Mediterranean area and the peoples of the steppes. Ancient coins provide a valuable source for the study of these societies' economic development, as well as for the cultural and economic relationships in one of the most important contact zones of the Old World.

The Mints of New York City
ANS Chief Curator, Peter van Alfen
October 26, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

This Money Talks will explore the manufacture of numismatic items–coins, tokens, and paper–in New York City from the Colonial Period up to the twentieth century. While each of these aspects has been examined individually, rarely is the continuous narrative of the City as a mint, or host for several mints discussed.

Preparing Your Numismatic Manuscript for Publication
ANS Director of Publications Andrew Reinhard and Associate Curator David Yoon
June 22, 2019 | 1:00–4:00 pm

Preparing a scholarly manuscript for publication can be daunting, and this workshop will walk you through the process. Topics will include style, formatting, bibliography and notes, preparing images for publication, image rights/permissions, academic plagiarism, peer review, the production schedule/timeline, open access, digital publication, and more.

Making Mexico: The Imagery of Nation-Building on Mexican Currency
Peter S. Dunham, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Cleveland State University
June 1, 2019 | 1:00–4:00 pm

Mexico, with its tumultuous history of political upheaval, offers an ideal laboratory in which to consider how the imagery on currency is used to help forge national identity.  Here, I examine several important chapters in the Mexican saga.  I begin by looking at how native Mexican images were employed on coins to help create Mexico’s initial separatist vision of itself in the decades surrounding the War of Independence around 1820.  Then I reflect on how such indigenous Mexican images were systematically avoided on paper money during the French occupation of the 1860s in order not to fan further nationalist resistance.  Finally, I survey how native Mexican images were revived on paper money under the restored Mexican government of the late 1800s to reassert Mexican autonomy and identity.  Mexico’s wars of sovereignty were fought physically on bloody battlefields and symbolically on its currency.

French Coinage Specifically for North America
Sydney Martin, ANS President of the Board of Trustees
April 13, 2019 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

What many early American coin collectors fail to recognize is that, from early in the sixteenth century until 1763, New France included most of what is now the United States west of the Appalachians, as well as most of present Canada. As such, coins minted by France with the intent of circulating only its North American colonies should be considered “coin of the realm” within these geographies. Three emissions fall into this special category. The first is the Gloriam Regni coins of 1670 that were minted in Paris; the second is 6 and 12-denier copper coins minted in Perpignan during 1717; and the third is copper 9-denier coins minted during 1721 and 1722 at La Rochelle and Rouen.

Based on his original research, ANS Fellow and President Mr. Martin, a specialist and significant collector of US Colonial American Coinage, will present the rich history behind these coins, a history touching on their use by early settlers and the role they played in the mercantilistic policies of France. He investigates how they were manufactured –from procurement of the planchets to preparation of the dies to striking the coins.

Examples of each of the types of the coins will be shown, and information as to varieties within the types will be addressed.  Rarities will be discussed.  Anyone interested in American and/or Canadian colonial coinages will find this talk to be of great value.

Reading Byzantine Coins
Independent Researcher, Collector, and ANS Life Member, Donald Squires
March 9, 2019 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Reading Byzantine coins can pose a problem to those used to the Latin inscriptions on Roman coins or the Greek inscriptions on Greek coins. The inscription on a Byzantine coin can be in Latin, written in the Roman alphabet, in Greek, written in the Roman alphabet, in Greek, written in the Greek alphabet, or in a combination of Greek and Latin written in a mixture of alphabets. And, to make things even more interesting, words on Byzantine coins are often abbreviated or expressed in shorthand symbols. With a view to providing a guide to the interpretation of Byzantine coin inscriptions, this talk will analyze the inscriptions on a variety of Byzantine coins dating from the beginning of Byzantine coinage during the reign of the emperor Anastasius I (491-518) to the end of the empire in 1453. No prior knowledge of Latin or Greek is required.

An Introduction to Hellenistic Greek Coins
Peter van Alfen
February 9, 2019 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen invites members and friends of the ANS to the first Money Talks of 2019, which will feature an introduction to Hellenistic Greek coinage and a good look at arguably some of most beautiful coins in the collection. Touching on some of the current problems in Hellenistic numismatics and scholarship, Dr. van Alfen will use the ANS’s resources—online with Hellenistic Royal Coinages and in print with the new Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire— to help participants gain a better understanding of Hellenistic Greek coinages.


Wine & Coins
Gilles Bransbourg + Alex Conison
Saturday, December 8, 2018  | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

On Saturday, December 8, Join Alex Conison, PhD on the Ancient Roman wine trade and senior brand manager for Jose Cuervo USA, and MJ Macamara, PhD candidate in classics and NYC chef, with our Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg for an edible history of ancient Rome. Come and enjoy food prepared via ancient Roman recipes, paired with the wine produced by ancient techniques, and see the coins that would have paid for it all.

Mary Jean McNamara is currently taking her final exams for a Ph.D. in Classics at CUNY’s Graduate Center. Her M.A. thesis focused on citizenship grants in ancient Athens. Her current focus involves ethnic identity and citizenship. Prior to attending graduate school, Mary Jean worked as a chef in New York City restaurants including San Domenico, the Spotted Pig, and Blue Water Grill. Her interest in the food of ancient Greece and Rome centers on the production and trade of garum, the ubiquitous fish sauce that served as an essential ingredient in both savory and sweet preparations. 

Preserving US Medallic Art Heritage
Ute Wartenberg + Peter van Alfen
Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

The ANS recently acquired the archives of the Medallic Art Company (MACO). MACO was founded in New York City around 1907, and for more than a century it produced the work of America’s finest artists. Join Ute Wartenberg and Chief Curator Peter van Alfen to hear more about the acquisition and get an up-close look at the MACO medals, dies, galvanos, and records.

May the Little Things Not Perish: The History of the ANS
with David Hill, ANS Librarian and Archivist
Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Almost from the beginning, the motto of the ANS has been parva ne pereant (may the little things not perish), symbolically represented by an acorn growing into a mighty oak. Of course our great Society is also built upon the “little things” that fill its cabinets. Join ANS Librarian and Archivist David Hill for a look back at the ANS’s 160-year history, from its humble beginnings in a house on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, through some uncertain early years, past a few high-profile thefts, and up to the mighty scholarly institution that it is today. Beginning with the 1858 invitation letter sent out for the very first meeting of the American Numismatic Society, selections from the ANS Archives will also be presented.

Judean Coinage and Early Christianity
David Hendin
Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 5:30 – 8:00 pm

David Hendin will discuss Jewish and ancient Christian coins in the context of archaeology and the experience of 50 years studying the coins and weights of the southern levant. He will discuss ancient scale weights, coins of Hasmoneans, Herodians, Prefects and Procurators of Judaea, and the First Revolt and the Bar Kokhba Revolt. He will show photographs of fascinating examples, in some cases he will show the cleaning process of some of the rarest of all Judean coins. He will focus on recent research and his experience excavating in Israel over three seasons at ancient Sepphoris, with the Duke and Hebrew University research projects. he will also show a small group of select coins from the ANS vaults.

Peter van Alfen
July 14, 2018 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Over the years, Chief Curator Peter van Alfen has developed, as part of the ANS Summer Seminar, a walking tour that vividly illustrates the many connections between numismatic and medallic art of 20th century and the architectural and free standing sculpture found throughout lower Manhattan. This year, Dr. van Alfen will hold a special Money Talks tour that will not only illustrate these connections, but will delve as well into the larger social, economic, and political conditions of the early 20th century City Beautiful movement, and will take a look back to the earliest days of settlement in Manhattan. Leaving Manhattan, the tour will continue across New York harbor, with discussion of the islands of the harbor, their fortifications, and sea-faring New York, before continuing a short distance through the Saint George historical district in Staten Island. As a finale, the tour will end with a BBQ hosted at one of the Victorian-period houses of the district.

The tour will begin at City Hall Park and wind its way down to South Ferry; this will be followed by 30 minutes of sitting on the Staten Island Ferry; followed again by walking in Staten Island. The total walking distance will be about 3 miles.

Alan Roche
June 16, 2018  | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

 Alan Roche, the Society’s photographer, will present “The Art of Photographing Coins’. Roche will consider the various aspects involved in the production of high-resolution images of coins and banknotes. A hands-on photographic demonstration will show how you can photograph your own coins like a pro.

Jere L. Bacharach
May 12, 2018 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

Most medieval users of Islamic coinage could not read the inscriptions on the coins they handled, yet they were still able to identify important changes in those coins. Participants in this Money Talks presentation will learn to do likewise, through their hands-on involvement with images and, if possible, coins, tracking historic examples of change.  The session will begin by teaching everyone how to read in Arabic “bism Allah” (In the name of God.”  We will then differentiate pre-Islamic Byzantine gold and Sasanian silver from the first Muslim coins before the all-epigraphic coins were minted.  The next case will focus on the appearance of copper coins struck in 7th-to- 8 th century Egypt by both non-Muslim and Muslim rulers.  The third example looks at Baghdad and examines why in the 750s the Abbasid caliph ordered that his tax collectors be paid in Abbasid silver coinage or silver coins struck by the preceding Umayyad dynasty in only one mint during the governorship of three named individuals—none of whose names, incidentally, appeared on the coins.  The first step will be to distinguish Abbasid coins from Umayyad ones without knowing Arabic – a fact a recent Egyptian speaker at a conference in Cairo missed!   In order to identify the named Umayyad silver coins, participants will play the role of an Abbasid tax collector and will learn how to pick out the acceptable coinage without knowing a word of Arabic.

Ray Williams
April 21, 2018 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

To Counterfeit is Death is a seldom enforced threat which is seen on many of the bills issued during our British Colonial and Confederation eras. Ray Williams will be discussing the economic climate making paper money necessary, the counterfeiting of bills and the anti-counterfeiting measures taken, the famous (and not so famous) colonists involved with paper money, and interesting stories involving some of the money being exhibited. Examples of the paper currency discussed will be made available for close examination.

Lucia Carbone
March 10, 2018 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

This will be the first of a set of programs within the “ Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations” series, in which ANS staff will teach how to read and understand foreign inscriptions on coins, ancient and modern.  Dr. Carbone will give a basic introduction to Latin as a language and how it is used on coins.  Although the focus will be on Latin on Roman coins, she will also look at Medieval, Modern and US coins.  Resources for interpreting abbreviations and other legends for Latin will also be discussed.  No prior knowledge of Latin is required.

Mark Tomasko
February 3, 2018 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

America became the world leader in bank note engraving by the 1860s. Through the American Bank Note Company, the United States system and style of bank note engraving provided bank notes for many of the world’s nations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mark Tomasko, a collector, author, and researcher on bank note engraving, will lay out the process of designing, engraving, and printing bank notes and securities. The presentation will be accompanied by samples of vignette artwork; bank note and securities models; vignette books; color books; engravers’ tools; steel dies, transfer rolls and printing plates; and progressive proofs of vignettes, litho tints, and bank notes.


Alex Conison, Gilles Bransbourg, Lucia Carbone, David Hendin, & Peter van Alfen
December 16, 2017 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
with Wine Tasting: $100 for members/nonmembers $125.
without Wine Tasting: members $50/nonmembers $75

Join Alex Conison—a wine expert whose PhD focused on the economics of the ancient Roman wine trade—and curators Lucia Carbone, David Hendin, Peter van Alfen and Gilles Bransbourg for a history of wine and coins. One of the foremost components of the nectar that the Olympians drank to preserve their immortality, wine was sacred to the ancient Greeks and associated, through Dionysus (Bacchus for the Romans), with theater and poetry. Wine plays a major ritual role in Judaism as well, grapes, vines and amphoras being represented at different stages of Jewish ancient coinage, to the extent that Greeks and Romans believed Jews had a cult of Dionysus. Then, in the modern period, wine and grapes have resurfaced mostly on tokens designed to promote wine brands. Coins of Greece, the Attalids, Rome, Judaea, and modern tokens from France, the US and Britain will be presented along side a selection of wines linked to these locations and their ancient winemaking traditions.

Jonathan Kagan & David Hill
November 18, 2017 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

In the age of the internet, most older books, including numismatic books, are available online thanks to initiatives of the Bibliothèque de France, the Newman Numismatic Portal and many other platforms. What does this mean for collectors of physical books and other historical records? Jonathan Kagan, who has collected rare numismatic books for the last 40 years, and David Hill, archivist and librarian for the ANS, will examine the notion of collectible books and manuscripts and consider their place in private and public collections. Examples from the Kagan and the ANS Library will be at hand for inspection.

Len Augsburger (Newman Numismatic Portal), Ute Wartenberg, David Hill, & Andrew Reinhard
October 21, 2017 | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
$50 for members/$85 for nonmembers

Numismatics remain uniquely placed for contributing to the digital future of the Humanities. Join Len Augsburger, Andrew Reinhard, and others for an extended look at digitization, Linked Open Data, and Open Access of which the ANS has a global leadership role. Partnerships with the Newman Numismatic Portal, the Internet Archive, HathiTrust, the Google Cultural Institute, and other organizations continue to push the digital envelope, allowing the sharing of high-quality data and images to fellow numismatists, historians, economists, archaeologists, collectors, and more, as well as the interested public. See these latest advances in technology first-hand, and get a glimpse into the future of digitization of coins, catalogs, and content at the ANS and beyond.

David Hendin, Ute Wartenberg, & Robert Hoge
September 16, 2017 | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
$50 for Members/$85 for Non-Members

David Hendin, Robert Hoge, and Ute Wartenberg will discuss in a one-day seminar the issues that collectors, dealers, and scholars face today when it comes to counterfeit coins. Although counterfeit coins have been around since the Renaissance, new technology such digitization and a global economy have vastly increased the number of counterfeit coins of all periods and countries. The ANS experts, who all have worked and researched counterfeiting for many decades, will discuss the history of counterfeiting, methods of detection for the collector and share some of their knowledge of how counterfeit coins are made today. They will also discuss advanced aspects of laboratory testing coins for authenticity, and also illustrate results from a controlled laboratory attempt to create convincing forgeries of ancient bronze coins. Hendin will be bringing fakes from his personal collection and ANS staff will share some recent donations of Chinese counterfeits of US coinage. Participants are welcome to bring their own specimens of counterfeit coins.

Alan Roche
July 15, 2017 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

On Saturday, July 15, Alan Roche, the Society’s photographer, will present “The Art of Photographing Coins” as part of the Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations series. Mr. Roche will consider the various aspects involved in the production of high-resolution images of coins and banknotes. A hands-on photographic demonstration will be included.

Ray Williams
June 10, 2017 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

The June Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations will feature ANS Fellow Ray Williams, who will present “The State Coinages of the Confederation Era, 1785–1788.” The coins issued by the authority of Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey will be discussed, along with the economic climate bringing them into existence, the people involved, and the minting operations. How these coins are collected by modern numismatists will be touched upon. Mr. Williams is currently Vice President of the New Jersey Numismatic Society, and past president of the Colonial Coin Collectors Club.

Gilles Bransbourg
May 6, 2017 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

Dr. Bransbourg will look at how inflation translates into coinage debasement and banknotes bearing large denominations, from ancient Rome to modern Zimbabwe.

Vivek Gupta
March 11, 2017 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

This talk introduces members to the beginnings of Islamic coinage in the seventh century and its vast trajectories within the Arab lands and beyond. It begins with an in-depth survey of its Byzantine and Sasanian precedents and provides a basic outline of “Arab-Sasanian” and “Arab-Byzantine” types. Members will also learn about the styles of Arabic calligraphy that were used on early Islamic coins. Members will be able to view and handle fine examples of the ANS’s Islamic holdings with Assistant Curator, Vivek Gupta.

Peter van Alfen, Gilles Bransbourg, & Ute Wartenberg
February 11, 2017 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$30 for members/$50 for nonmembers

This lecture will consider the beginnings of money and its various guises including cut silver in the ancient Near East, early electrum coinage of Asia Minor, early bronze objects, bars and heavy coins in Italy and the spread of cowries in the Indian Ocean area, Eastern Africa and South Asia, including China.

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