Money Talks: A New Lecture Series

The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the upcoming lectures for Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations. In this 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/or medals while learning about the broader world of numismatics.Each talks includes a meal and a Q&A to follow. Money Talks will take place on Saturdays at the ANS headquarters in New York City.All talks will be limited to 20 attendants so RSVP today!


Alex Conison, Gilles Bransbourg, Lucia Carbone, David Hendin, & Peter van Alfen
December 16, 2017 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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.




Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations is supported by an ANS endowment fund generously given in honor of Dr. Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli and Mrs. Elvira Clain-Stefanelli.


Past Lectures: 

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.


Vivek Gupta | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
March 11, 2017
$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.


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.


Ray Williams | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
June 10, 2016
$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.


Alan Roche | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
July 15, 2017
$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.


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.


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, catalogues, and content at the ANS and beyond.


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.


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