Ep. 08: Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria

The Planchet, Season 1, Episode 8. An interview with Simon Glenn, Digital Curator of the early modern collections of the Ashmolean Museum, and author of Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria (Numismatic Studies 40). Image: Silver tetradrachm of Demetrius I (200–185 BC), ANS 1997.9.67.

The eighth episode of The Planchet features an interview with Dr. Simon Glenn of the Ashmolean Museum. We discuss Glenn’s new book published by the American Numismatic Society, Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria (Numismatic Studies 40), learning where Bactria was located, who lived there (and when), the history of Hellenistic coins minted in the region and how they changed over time, why we know so little about ancient Bactria and its people, and how the pandemic and modern warfare have largely prevented additional archaeological excavation to answer these questions.

Purchase a copy of Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria here (for US readers) and here (for readers outside the US).

Follow these links for examples of the coins mentioned in this episode:

Diodotus stater
Demetrius tetradrachm
Eucratides 20 stater
Antimachus tetradrachm
Agathocles uncertain denomination

Total Time: 55 minutes

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Ep. 07: A Brief History of Oxford’s Earliest Coin Collections

The Planchet, Season 1, Episode 7. An interview with Andrew Burnett (CBE, FSA, FBA), retired Deputy Director of the British Museum and Keeper of its Department of Coins and Medals, and co-author of Roman Coins, Money, and Society in Elizabethan England. Image: Elias Ashmole by an unknown artist, ca. 1688, after the portrait by John Riley.

The seventh episode of The Planchet features an interview with Dr. Andrew Burnett, retired Deputy Director of the British Museum and its Keeper of Coins and Medals, who also presided over the Royal Numismatic Society from 2013–2018. Burnett discusses the origins of many of the earliest coin collections kept at Oxford (including those of the Bodleian Library and the Ashmolean Museum), the colorful personalities of 16th- and 17th-century collectors (esp. Elias Ashmole), plus a primer on early numismatic catalogues of public collections in Britain and what happens when a coin collection catches fire.

Purchase a copy of Roman Coins, Money, and Society in Elizabethan England here (for US readers) and here (for readers outside the US).

Total Time: 49 minutes

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Ep. 06: Old Regime France and its Jetons

The Planchet, Season 1, Episode 5. An interview with numismatic visual artist Jenna Lash. Image: Endangered Species Series: African Elephant. Ugandan 500 shilling note. Acrylic on linen, 60" × 48".
The Planchet, Season 1, Episode 6. An interview with historian of science and numismatic author of Old Regime France and its Jetons: Pointillist History and Numismatics, Professor Emeritus James E. McClellan III.

The sixth episode of The Planchet features an interview with Dr. Jim McClellan, Professor Emeritus of Stevens Institute of Technology, where from 1977 he taught the history of science. McClellan is also a serious student of tokens, namely the jetons of Old Regime (pre-1789) France, and what these tell us about pre-Revolution French history that cannot be gleaned easily from written accounts.

Purchase a copy of Old Regime France and its Jetons here (for US readers) and here (for readers outside the US).

Total Time: 43 minutes

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Ep. 05: An Interview with Numismatic Visual Artist Jenna Lash

The Planchet, Season 1, Episode 5. An interview with numismatic visual artist Jenna Lash. Image: Endangered Species Series: African Elephant. Ugandan 500 shilling note. Acrylic on linen, 60" × 48".
The Planchet, Season 1, Episode 5. An interview with numismatic visual artist Jenna Lash. Image: Endangered Species Series: African Elephant. Ugandan 500 shilling note. Acrylic on linen, 60″ × 48″.

The fifth episode of The Planchet features an interview with guest Jenna Lash to discuss her numismatic paintings, how she selects her monetary subjects and themes, and what it’s like to be a visual artist in the time of COVID-19.

NOTE: The quality of the audio degrades for about a minute in the middle of the podcast, and then recovers for the duration of the recording. Occasional technical difficulties are the new normal until we get back safely to a shared space for recording.

Total Time: 38 minutes

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ANS News: Week of July 13, 2020

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The American Numismatic Society publishes occasional short updates on ANS news and events. In this second mini-episode, learn about the upcoming Long Table on the Hellenistic Royal Coinages online resource, the Money Talks lecture by Ray Williams, the new issue of the Journal of Early American Numismatics, and more.

Total Time: 11 minutes

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Ep. 04: A Brief History of Women Coin Collectors

The Planchet, Season 1, Episode 4. A Brief History of Women Coin Collectors. Image: Bibliothèque nationale de France (128 Paris,Luynes2579).
The Planchet, Season 1, Episode 4. A Brief History of Women Coin Collectors. Image: Comtesse Martine de Béhague.

The fourth episode of The Planchet features guest Mary Lannin talking about five notable women coin collectors from the 15th to the 20th centuries, and the state of the field in 2020: Isabella d’Este, Comtesse Martine de Béhague, Olga H. Knoepke, Elisabeth Washburn King, and Emery May Norweb.

Total Time: 40 minutes

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See the famous gold doubloon of Brasher from Emery May Norweb.
ANS 1969.62.1

See coins from Amastris in the ANS collection.

ANS News: Week of June 15, 2020

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Beginning with the week of June 15, 2020, the American Numismatic Society will publish biweekly short updates on ANS news and events. In this first mini-episode, learn about the upcoming Long Table on numismatic publishing, the Money Talks lecture on the Newman Numismatic Portal, the digital editions of ANS Magazine, and more.

Total Time: 10 minutes

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Ep. 03: White Gold: Studies in Early Electrum Coinage

The Planchet, Season 1, Episode 3. White Gold: Studies in Early Electrum Coinage.
The Planchet, Season 1, Episode 3. White Gold: Studies in Early Electrum Coinage. Image: Bibliothèque nationale de France (128 Paris,Luynes2579).  

The third episode of The Planchet features guests Dr. Peter van Alfen, Chief Curator for the ANS, and Dr. Ute Wartenberg, Research Curator for the ANS (not to mention its previous Executive Director for 20 years), as they talk about early electrum coinage, archaeology, and a brief history of money.

Total Time: 57 minutes

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Purchase White Gold: Studies in Early Electrum Coinage
ISBN 978-0-89722-349-2
Edited by Peter van Alfen and Ute Wartenberg with Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert, Haim Gitler, Koray Konuk, and Catharine C. Lorber. This is a co-publication between the ANS and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Other ANS volumes featuring electrum coinage http://numismatics.org/store/?s=electrum

View electrum coins in the ANS collection http://numismatics.org/search/results?q=material_facet%3A%22Electrum%22&sort=year_minint+asc

Ep. 02: Mark Antony: A Rogue with Monetary Insight

The Planchet, Season 1, Episode 2. Mark Antony: A Rogue with Monetary Insight.
The Planchet, Season 1, Episode 2. Mark Antony: A Rogue with Monetary Insight.

The second episode of The Planchet features guests Dr. Lucia Carbone, Assistant Curator for Roman Coins for the ANS, and Dr. Katie Cupello, expert on Mark Antony and Roman portraiture, as they talk about Antony, his many wives, political iconography, and his program of coinage in the Roman East.

Total Time: 69 minutes

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Ep. 01: Foreign Currency before the Coinage Act of 1857

Dr. Jesse Kraft, ANS Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas
Dr. Jesse Kraft, ANS Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas

The inaugural episode of The Planchet features a conversation between Dr. Jesse Kraft, ANS Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas, and Dr. Andrew Reinhard, ANS Director of Publications, about how Americans spent foreign currency before the Coinage Act of 1857.

Total Time: 53 minutes

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