A Simple Souvenir: Coins and Medals of the Olympic Games

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by Peter G. van Alfen (2004)

Hardcover, 160 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-293-8
ISBN-10: 0-89722-293-8
Price: US$4.98 (no Member discount)

In this richly illustrated catalogue of the ANS exhibit, “Full Circle: The Olympic Heritage in Coins and Medals,” the author examines the role that numismatic material relating to both the ancient and modern Games has played in social and political contexts. In addition to the introductory essay, the catalogue provides a brief overview of the history of the Games and discusses over 130 objects, including ancient Greek coins, vases, and sporting equipment, as well as modern medals, coins, and Olympic ephemera.

Contents:

The ancient Olympics
The Baron’s Games begin: Athens, 1896
Olympiad II: Paris, 1900
Olympiad III: St. Louis, 1904
The unofficial Olympics: Athens, 1906
Olympiad IV: London, 1908
Olympiad V: Stockholm, 1912
Olympiad VI: Berlin, 1916 (cancelled)
Olympiad VII: Antwerp, 1920
Olympiad VIII: Paris, 1924
Olympiad IX: Amsterdam, 1928
Olympiad X: Los Angeles, 1932
Olympiad XI: Berlin, 1936
Post-Second World War Olympic coins and medals
Bibliography

Medals Concerning John Law and the Mississippi System

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(Numismatic Notes and Monographs 167, 2005)

by John W. Adams

Hardcover, 75 pp., 9 pls.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-295-2
ISBN-10: 0-89722-295-4
Price: US$9.98 (no Member discount)

This book presents an up-to-date catalogue of the eighteenth-century medals, mostly satirical, referring to John Law and his financial system between 1716 and 1720. Many of the illustrated specimens are by the German medalist Christian Wermuth.

Contents:

John Law, Larger than Life
The Literature
Census and Rarity
Descriptions of the Medals
Associated Pieces
Appendix I Concordance
Appendix II Index of Legends and Inscriptions

American Art Medals, 1909–1995

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(Studies in Medallic Art 1, 2011)

by David T. Alexander

hardcover, illus.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-317-1
List price: $150 (plus S&H)
Member price: $105 (plus S&H)

American Art Medals, 1909–1995 is the first comprehensive study of the two most important series of art medals produced in the United States: the medals of the Circle of Friends of the Medallion (1909–1915) and those of the Society of Medalists (1930–1995). Together, these two series offer an unmatched panorama of American medallic sculpture in the twentieth century.

Founded by the art writer Charles de Kay and the collector Robert Hewitt, Jr., the Circle of Friends of the Medallion issued only twelve medals in its brief existence. Occurring, however, at a time when the Beaux-Arts movement had brought medallic art to a higher prominence among sculptors than it has enjoyed before or since, the series is of great significance for the development of the American art medal.

The Society of Medalists, during its life of sixty-six years, produced a much more extensive series: 128 regular issues (one of which includes six separate pieces), as well as four special issues designed for the Society (and one other special issue of an already existing medal). This body of work showcases the development of diverse artistic styles among figurative sculptors of the twentieth century, from classicism to modernism. The 123 sculptors whose work was presented in this series include almost every major American medalist of the era as well as several notable artists from other countries.

In addition to cataloguing the issues of these two medallic art organizations, this book features an innovative effort to record the different colors and patinas in which the medals were issued. Especially for the Society of Medalists, whose long history meant that different production batches of a particular medal might have been made several decades apart, this hitherto neglected dimension in the study of art medals shows how changes in the surface finish can yield truly startling variations in the visual impact of a design.

Contents:

The Circle of Friends of the Medallion, 1908–1915
The Medals of the Circle of Friends
The End of the Circle of Friends, 1915
The Society of Medalists, 1928–1995
The Regular Issues of the Society of Medalists
Epilogue: The Passing of the Society of Medalists
Anniversary and Special Issues of the Society of Medalists
Derivative Issues of the Society of Medalists
References

European Medals in the Chazen Museum of Art

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(Co-published by the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the American Numismatic Society, 2014)

Introductory Essay by Stephen K. Scher
Contributors: Philip Attwood, Arne R. Flaten, Mark Jones, Douglas Lewis, Eleonora Luciano, Joseph G. Reinis, Stephen K. Scher, Jeffrey Chipps Smith, Louis A. Waldman
Edited by Maria F. P. Saffiotti Dale

Softcover, illus.
ISBN: 978-1-93327-017-3
List price: $39.95 (plus S&H)
Member price: $27.97 (plus S&H)

This grouping of medals represents the museum’s Renaissance, Baroque, and nineteenth-century highlights and illustrates the history of the art of the commemorative medal. This catalogue incorporates the scholarship of nine international medallic experts. Their erudition, consummate research skills, and effective prose are evident in sixty-one essays on some of the masterpieces of this art form written for the education and enjoyment of students, specialists, and the general public alike.

Contents:

The Development of the Commemorative Medal: The Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries, Stephen K. Scher
Catalogue
Philip Attwood, Arne R. Flaten, Mark Jones, Douglas Lewis, Eleonora Luciano, Joseph G. Reinis, Stephen K. Scher, Jeffrey Chipps Smith, Louis A. Waldman
Italy
Germany and The Netherlands
France
Index of Legends

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Coins of the Holy Land

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(Ancient Coins in North American Collections 8, 2013)

by Ya’akov Meshorer with Gabriela Bijovsky and Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert; edited by David Hendin and Andrew Meadows

List price: US$190
Member price: US$133
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-283-9 Hardback, 2 vols, 344+244pp

The Abraham and Marian Sofaer collection consists of 4,000 coins and related objects produced by the peoples who inhabited the Holy Land from the Persian period in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE through the Crusader Kingdom in the 13th century of the modern era. Assembled over more than 30 years, the collection contains gold, silver and bronze coins of the Persians, Greeks, Samarians, Jews, Nabataeans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and Crusaders.

Highlights of the collection include a rich selection of the fractional silver coinage of Samaria; a comprehensive assemblage of the coins of the Hasmonaean and Herodian Jewish dynasties; superb examples of coinage issued during the Jewish revolts from Rome; fully representative runs of the coinages of the cities of Galilee, Samaria, Judaea, Idumaea, and the Decapolis under Roman rule; and rare examples of the Umayyad and Abassid coinages produced in Jerusalem and elsewhere.

All coins are fully described and illustrated on 238 plates. These volumes will serve as standard reference works for archaeologists, historians and numismatists studying two millennia of the history of the Holy Land.

Contents:

Galilee and Samaria
The Coins of Akko-Ptolemais
The Coins of Antipatris
The Coins of Caesarea
The Coins of Caesarea Panias
The Coins of Demetrias
The Coins of Dora
The Coins of Gaba
The Coins of Joppa
The Coins of Neapolis
The Coins of Samaria-Sebaste
The Coins of Sepphoris-Diocaesarea
The Coins of Tiberias
City Coins of Judaea, Idumaea, and Philistia
The Coins of Aelia Capitolina
The Coins of Anthedon
The Coins of Ashdod
The Coins of Ascalon
The Coins of Diospolis
The Coins of Eleutheropolis
The Coins of Gaza
The Coins of Marisa
The Coins of Nicopolis
The Coins of Al-Ramlah
The Coins of Raphia
The Coins of Yubna
The Decapolis and Provincia Arabia
The Coins of Abila
The Coins of Adraa
The Coins of Aylah
The Coins of Bostra
The Coins of Canatha
The Coins of Capitolias
The Coins of Charachmoba
The Coins of Dium
The Coins of Esbous
The Coins of Gadara
The Coins of Gerasa
The Coins of Hippos
The Coins of Medaba
The Coins of Nysa-Scythopolis
The Coins of Pella 188
The Coins of Petra 191
The Coins of Philadelphia 195
The Coins of Philippopolis
The Coins of Rabbathmoba
The Coins of the Samarians, Nabataeans, and Ituraeans
The Coins of the Samarians
The Coins of the Nabataeans
The Coins of the Ituraeans
Jewish Coins
Persian Period
Under the Ptolemies
The Hasmoneans
The Herodian Dynasty
Under Rome
The Jewish War
Under Rome
The Bar Kochba Revolt
Countermarks of Roman legions
Tyrian Shekels as Temple Tribute
Index
Bibliography

Wampum and the Origins of American Money

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(co-published with the University of Illinois Press)

List price: $75 plus shipping & handling
Member price: $52.50 plus shipping & handling
ISBN 978-0-252-03366-7 Hardcover, 138 pp., 101 b/w figs., 18 color pls.

Wampum has become a synonym for money, and it is widely assumed that it served the same purposes as money among the Native Algonquians even after coming into contact with European colonists’ money. But to equate wampum with money only matches one slippery term with another, as money itself was quite ill-defined in North America for decades during its colonization. Fledgling colonial currencies assimilated much more from Native American trading practices than they imposed on the locals, so much so that colonists regularly expressed fears of “becoming Indians” in their widespread use of paper money, a novel economic innovation adapted from wampum. In this stimulating and intriguing book, Marc Shell illuminates the context in which wampum was used by describing how money circulated in the colonial period and the early history of the United States.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marc Shell is Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature and professor of English at Harvard University.

Ordering questions? Email Emma Pratte, or call 212.571.4470 x117.

American Journal of Numismatics 28

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Hardback, illus., 271 pp., 60 plates
ISSN 1053-8356
ISBN 13: 978-0-89722-348-5.

Price: $75.00

Ute Wartenberg, Editor
David Yoon, Editor
Oliver D. Hoover, Managing Editor

Contents:

  • Laure Marest-Caffey. Seleukos I’s Victory Coinage of Susa Revisited: A Die Study and Commentary
  • David Schwei. The Reactions of Mint Workers to the Tumultuous Second Reign of Demetrius II Nicator
  • Aneurin Ellis-Evans. The Koinon of Athena Ilias and its Coinage
  • Kris Lockyear. The Coin Hoards of the Roman Republic Database: The History, the Data, and the Potential
  • Michael Fedorov. Notes on the Early Medieval Numismatics of Central Asia
  • Aram Vardanyan. The Administration of the ‘Abbasid North and the Evidence of Copper Coins (AH 142–218/AD 759–833)
  • Damiano Acciarino. Ancient Roman Colonial Coins in Renaissance Europe
  • Review of Aux origines de la monnaie fiduciaire: traditions métallurgiques et innovations numismatiques. Actes de l’atelier international des 16 et 17 novembre 2012 à Tours by Alain Bresson