MONEY TALKS: NUMISMATIC CONVERSATIONS

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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 medals while learning about the broader world of numismatics. Each talks includes a meal and a Q and 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!

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.

 

Upcoming Lectures: 

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. 

 

Past Lectures:

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.

 

MONUMENTS, MEDALS, METROPOLIS: A NUMISMATIC WALKING TOUR OF LOWER MANHATTAN
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.

 

THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHING COINS PART II
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.

 

HOW TO READ ARABIC ON COINS
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.

 

TO COUNTERFEIT IS DEATH
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.

 

HOW TO READ LATIN ON COINS
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.

 

BANK NOTES: FROM DESIGN TO PRINT
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.

 

WINE & COINS
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.


NUMISMATIC BOOK COLLECTING

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.


THE FUTURE OF DIGITIZATION

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.


COUNTERFEITS: THE THREAT TO COLLECTING AND SCHOLARSHIP

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.


THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHING 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.


THE STATE COINAGES OF THE CONFEDERATION ERA, 1785–1788

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.


SIGNS OF INFLATION

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.


THE BEGINNINGS OF ISLAMIC COINAGE

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.


THE ORIGINS OF MONEY

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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