Lecture Series: Money Talks begins Jan. 27

A new monthly lecture series, “Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations,” will begin in January, 2017.

The ANS curators and fellows are pleased to announce a new lecture series, “Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations.” In this monthly interactive lecture series, appropriate for all levels of coin collectors and enthusiasts, attendees will view relevant coins, banknotes, or medals while learning about the broader world of numismatics. Light meals will be served, and Q&A sessions will follow. To ensure these events are as accessible as possible to all, most will take place on Saturdays at the ANS headquarters in New York City. On a few occasions, these Numismatic Conversations will take place at other venues.

During Saturday Numismatic Conversations at the ANS, the Society will be open from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, so you have the opportunity to view items in our collections or library.

When taking place at the ANS, the fee will be $20 for ANS members, $50 for non-members. Pricing for other venues will be determined.

Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us for these informal programs in a relaxed and social environment.

Reserve your spot!

Saturday, February 11

Peter van Alfen, Gilles Bransbourg, Ute Wartenberg, “The Origins of Money.”

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.

Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 1 pm. American Numismatic Society. Lunch served at 1:00 pm, followed by the lecture at 2:00 pm, Q&A at 3:00 pm. The ANS will remain open from 12 noon until 4:00 pm.

 

Saturday, March 11

Vivek Gupta, “The Beginnings of Islamic Coinage.”

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.

Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 1 pm. American Numismatic Society. Lunch served at 1:00 pm, followed by the lecture at 2:00 pm, Q&A at 3:00 pm. The ANS will remain open from 12 noon until 4:00 pm.

 

Saturday, May 6

Gilles Bransbourg, “Signs of Inflation.”

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

Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 1:00 pm. American Numismatic Society. Lunch served at 1:00 pm, followed by the lecture at 2:00 pm, Q&A at 3:00 pm. The ANS will remain open from 12 noon until 4:00 pm.

 

Saturday, June 10

Ray Williams, “The State Coinages of the Confederation Era, 1785–1788”

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.

Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 1:00 pm. American Numismatic Society. Lunch begins at 1:00 pm, followed by the lecture at 2:00 pm, and a Q&A at 3:00 pm. The ANS will remain open from 12 noon until 4:00 pm.

 

Saturday, July 15

Alan Roche,“The Art of Photographing Coins”

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.

Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 1:00 pm. American Numismatic Society. Lunch begins at 1:00 pm, followed by the lecture at 2:00 pm, and a Q&A at 3:00 pm. The ANS will remain open from 12 noon until 4:00 pm.

 

Highlights of upcoming lectures (full brochure to follow):

Mark Tomasko, “Representations on US Banknotes.”

Date: TBA. American Numismatic Society.

Speakers: TBA “Wine and Money.”

In this lecture we will consider the strong relationships between coinage, banknotes, and wine throughout history and cultures.

Date and Venue: TBA.

 

David Hendin, “Ancient Jewish Coinage.”

Mr. Hendin will discuss the origins and production of ancient Jewish Coinage from the Persian era until the time of the revolts against Rome.

Date: TBA. Venue: American Numismatic Society.

 

Jonathan Kagan, “Numismatic Book Collecting.”

Mr. Kagan will talk on collecting early books, particularly those with a focus on numismatics.

Date: TBA. Venue: American Numismatic Society.

 

For further information, please contact:

Catherine DiTuri, cdituri@numismatics.org

(212) 571-4470 #117

Gilles Bransbourg, bransbourg@numismatics.org

(212) 571-4470 #156

 

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