Long Table

 

Every Friday at 1:00 pm ET

The Long Table series brings together ANS Members from around the country each week. Lead by ANS staff, outside numismatic curators, authors, enthusiasts, historians, and many more, each Long Table offers the opportunity to take an hour away from your busy day to discuss all things numismatic, exchange views and ideas, and speak directly with fellow members and with the ANS.

Modeled after the ANS’s in-person lunchtime chats, each Long Table features an informal 15-minute introduction, followed by an Q&A period.

These sessions are not recorded.

 

Upcoming: 

September 10, 2021
64. Highlights of the Collection with Lucia Carbone & Nathan Elkins
Join Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone and Professor Nathan Elkins (Visiting Research Scholar—Baylor University). They will host a tour of the Roman Imperial and Provincial collection highlighting beloved classics, interesting curiosities, and some of their personal favorites.

September 17, 2021
No Long Table. Instead we encourage members to register and attend COAC 2021 for September 17 and 18.

September 24, 2021
65. Favorites from the ANS Archives
with David Hill, ANS Librarian and Archivist

October 1, 2021
66. TBA
with Joseph Menna, Chief Engraver for the US Mint

October 8
67. Coinage of the Bar Kochba Revolt with a Focus on Overstrikes and their Roman Under Types
with ANS Trustee Richard Beleson

October 15
68. The Collection of the Royal Library of Belgium
with François de Callataÿ

October 22
69. Collecting Large Cents
with Chuck Heck

October 29
70. Monuments in Miniature
with ANS Visiting Research Scholar Nathan Elkins


Archive:

August 27, 2021
63. Old-Regime French Jetons
James E. McClellan III, Professor Emeritus of the history of science at Stevens Institute of Technology, offers an overview of the distinctive non-monetary tokens known as jetons. Jetons arose in the 13th century as counters on counting tables, and the use of jetons for “manual arithmetic” quickly spread across northern France, England, the Low Countries, and the states of northern Germany. Beginning in the 16th century and continuing for three centuries through the end of the 18th, the use of jetons in France exploded in an extraordinary variety of social contexts explored in this discussion. Some French jetons are objets d’art known, then and now, as petit monuments. They were manufactured at a special mint in Paris, the Monnaie des Médailles, the foremost artistic mint in the world at the time. Contemporary French jetons are emblematic of Old-Regime French society and represent a distinct chapter in numismatics for which the French Revolution marked a decisive terminus.

August 20, 2021
62. FLAME
Join us for a discussion on Princeton University's FLAME project (Framing the Late Antique and early Medieval Economy). Dr. Alan Stahl (Curator of Numismatics, Princeton University; FLAME Chair), Prof. Lee Mordechai (Senior Lecturer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; FLAME Director), and Dr. Mark Pyzyk (Database Coordinator, FLAME) will lead the tour of this resource that aims to digitize, store, and visualize coin finds from western Afro-Eurasia between 325–750 CE. Thus far, it includes information on 734 mints, 6,619 coin finds, and 703,701 coins. This platform provides a new basis for data-driven numismatic scholarship on the transition between the Late Antique and Medieval worlds, including the collapse of the western Roman empire, the consolidation of the Byzantine world, and the rise of Islam.

August 13, 2021
61. The Numismatic Cabinet at the National Museum of Art of Catalonia
ANS Curator Emeritus Robert W. Hoge, volunteer for the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), will be joined by Chief Curator Dr. Albert Estrada Rius and Adjunct Curator Dr. Maria Clua Mercadal for a tour of the MNAC collection. Located in the National Palace erected for the Barcelona Exposition of 1929, it is the home of highly important collections in the fields of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern art. Among its many treasures are the world's largest collection of Romanesque paintings and the Numismatic Cabinet of Catalonia (Gabinet Numismàtic de Catalunya, the GNC), which encompasses coins and related materials dating from the period of the earliest ancient Greek inroads into northeastern Spain to the present day. The GNC holds extensive resources for scholarship and significant educational outreach.

August 6, 2021
60: The Difficulties of Recording Ancient Greek Hoards
Join ANS President and Research Curator Ute Wartenberg and Chief Curator Peter van Alfen as they discuss the difficulties of recording coin hoards from the ancient world. Hoards are one of the best types of evidence we have for understanding circulation patterns and networks, as well as relative dating of individual series of coins. However, given the fact that few hoards have ever been properly excavated creates innumerable problems for those endeavoring to record hoards, the basic first step upon which subsequent studies can be built. The presenters will discuss these difficulties in their own experiences in recording archaic and classical period hoards. 

July 30, 2021
Coins with a History: A Tour of Provenance, Collectors, and Inventories in the Berlin Münzkabinett
Join Karsten Dahmen, Deputy Director of the Münzkabinett Berlin, for some time travel! Elevated to a museum in its own right in 1868, the history of the Münzkabinett as a princely and royal collection dates back to the 16th century. Unfortunately, objects from the earliest years did not survive the Thirty Years' War. However, from 1642 on, rebuilding and steady growth produced a wealth of accessioned books and inventories that mirror the importance of the objects they describe. With losses in later wars fortunately minimal, these rich resources represent an invaluable tool for curators today. Join us for a virtual tour with insight into these documents, coins, and medals. 

July 23, 2021
58. Highlights of the Collection with Gilles Bransbourg
Join Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg this week as he takes a live look at some fascinating and unusual items from the collection. He will share examples of 19th century “picker’s tickets,” Aztec hoe money, Japanese gold ryos, and much more!

July 16, 2021
57. Forgeries in the Late Roman Republic (RRDP)
Join four numismatic researchers as they discuss the current the status of two major digitizing projects. ANS Assistant Curator Dr. Lucia Carbone and Prof. Liv M. Yarrow of Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center will present recent developments of the Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP), an ambitious project enhancing the Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (CRRO) database. The first RRDP data release recently added over 5,000 die-analyzed specimens to CCRO, providing new quantitative data for the monetary production of the mint of Rome between 92 and 75 BCE. Jeremy Haag will build on the RRDP data to present the numismatic and historical value of RRC 378/1, a denarius series issued by C. Marius Capito in 81 BCE. Dr. Caroline Carrier of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon will present SILVER, an ongoing project that focuses on the digitization of die studies for Hellenistic silver coinage and will provide invaluable tools for the quantitative analysis of Hellenistic coinage.

July 9, 2021
56. Visiting Curator: Jeffrey Spier from the J. Paul Getty
Dr. Jeffrey Spier is the Senior Curator of Antiquities for the J. Paul Getty Museum. In this week’s Long Table, he will discuss numismatics as a window into the ancient past and review how coins are incorporated into the displays at the Getty Villa—a re-created Roman country home which houses Greek and Roman antiquities in the Pacific Palisades, California.

July 1, 2021
55. Highlights of the Collection with Jesse Kraft
Before heading out for the holiday weekend, join Curator of American Numismatics Jesse Kraft live from the vault! He will host a tour of the US collection highlighting beloved classics, interesting curiosities, and some of his personal favorites. PLEASE NOTE, this Long Table will be held on Thursday of this week.

June 25
54. Finding Hidden Harmony in Medal Designs
Heidi Wastweet is sculptor and studio artist, specializing in bas-relief bronze sculpture. Her work ranges from coins to standing monuments, but in this week’s Long Table, she will be focusing on medals and new ways to look at and identify patterns in medal design. She will discuss what makes a good composition and take us step by step through her process, giving us a behind the scenes look at medallic design.

June 18, 2021
53. HELP ! Unsolved Medallic Mysteries in My Collection
ANS Fellow Ira Rezak has been a collector of coins and medals for more than seventy years. While remaining intrigued by historical and artistic medals of all sorts, periods and countries, he has long specialized in those of medical, Jewish and Russian interest. Items previously unpublished, or indeed completely unknown, particularly where their origins, meaning, or intended social function have remained uncertain, present an exciting, even if often frustrating, challenge. Dr. Rezak will discuss several medals in his collection that have resisted identification, in some cases for decades, despite research efforts and consultation. Help would of course be welcome in such instances, but the thrill of numismatic inquiry in itself has remained a potent justification for the incurably acquisitive collecting bug.

June 11, 2021
52. Numismatic Holdings of the North Carolina Collection
Join Linda Jacobson, Keeper of the North Carolina Collection Gallery, and Bob Schreiner, numismatic advisor to the NCC, as they present the numismatic holdings of the collection. The Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill holds numismatic items from around the world, with a particular focus on currency used in North Carolina or connected to the University. The presenters will discuss the background of this historic collection and show highlights, including the 1694 Carolina Elephant Token, colonial-era handwritten and printed paper money, nineteenth-century lottery tickets used to fund the construction of University buildings, treasury notes of early North Carolina statehood, an extensive Bechtler gold coin collection, antebellum obsolete paper money, and Civil War treasury notes.

June 4, 2021
51. The Peer Review Process
Publishing your research can sometimes feel mysterious, opaque, and even a little scary, especially when it comes to the concept of “peer review.” ANS Director of Publications, Andrew Reinhard, will lead the discussion on how scholarly articles get reviewed (and how the review process should work in an ideal world). What is peer review, how is it managed, how long should it take, and who reviews the manuscripts? Andrew will share the ANS’s peer review procedure and will talk about some of his personal experiences with other journals (anonymized for their protection…). He will be joined by a few familiar faces to talk about their own peer review experiences—both as authors and as reviewers—how they managed their article revisions, and what to expect throughout the process. All are welcome to discuss their past experiences as well with peer review, and are encouraged to ask questions.

May 28, 2021
50. Iron Age Coins in Britain 
Iron Age coins in Britain were used and produced variably through time from around the 2nd century BC to the mid-1st century AD. They are a major source of information on late Iron Age society, trade, religious beliefs, and continental contacts. Dr. Courtney Nimura from the University of Oxford, ANS Director of Data Science Ethan Gruber, and Dr. John Talbot of the Celtic Coin Index, Oxford will introduce the new digital typology website, Iron Age Coins in Britain, and the related digitization project Celtic Coin Index Digital. They will also discuss some recent research being undertaken on the coins of the Iceni and Durotriges using the Celtic Coin Index data.

May 21, 2021
49. Commemorative Medallic Arts
An artist, Mashiko founded and directs Medialia, a New York City gallery and non-profit focused on promoting contemporary medallic art. As a prolific sculptor and medallic artist, Mashiko has received numerous awards, including the ANS’s J. Sanford Saltus Award, the ANA’s Excellence in Medallic Sculpture Award, and the Grand Prix at the XXXV Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d’Art (FIDEM) Congress. Her stone sculptures, medallic art, silkscreen prints, and drawn illustrations are in numerous public collections around the world, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, the National Museum of Taiwan, Kyoto City Hall, the Queens Museum (New York), and the British Museum. In this Long Table, she will introduce her first major commercial poster commission  realized through the silk screen process, along with papercut portraits and portraits created using the lost-wax casting method.

May 14, 2021
48. The Greek and Roman Numismatic Collection and Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Greek and Roman collection of the MFA includes about 8,000 coins and related objects, making it one of the most important numismatic collections in an American art museum. Started in the very first years of the museum’s foundation, it was formed by well-known and intriguing figures such as General Luigi Palma di Cesnola, Edward Perry Warren, and Theodora Wilbour, and was shaped by later curators such as Cornelius Vermeule. Since the 2012 opening of the Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins, the only dedicated numismatic gallery in an American art museum, the MFA has been striving to make the entire collection accessible online and integrated with online search tools. Join Dr. Laure Marest, Cornelius and Emily Vermeule Assistant Curator of Greek and Roman Art, as she discusses the history and scope of the collection, display and interpretative efforts, and recent digital accomplishments.

 

May 7, 2021
47. The John Max Wulfing Collection of Ancient Coins and Related Objects at Washington University in Saint Louis
With around 16,000 objects, the John Max Wulfing Collection of Ancient Coins and Related Objects at Washington University in Saint Louis ranks as one of the largest and most important collegiate collections in North America. After decades of obscurity and neglect, the collection is now poised to enter a golden era with the creation of a new website, digital catalogue, and much more. Join ANS Fellow William S. Bubelis, Professor of Classics and Curator of the Wulfing Collection, as he explores the history and scope of the collection, the challenges that it still faces, and some recent accomplishments.

April 30, 2021
46. The Ultimate Coin: The Unlikely Saga of the 1933 Double Eagle
Join ANS Fellow David Tripp and ANS President Ute Wartenberg as they discuss the storied 1933 Double Eagle. Beautifully designed by famed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, this coin was initially minted for circulation, but—due to a 1933 executive order of President F. D. Roosevelt outlawing gold ownership—its production ceased and thousands were melted down. A few specimens illicitly found their way outside the US Mint and, from then on, the greatest collectors have tried to own a 1933 Double Eagle. Only two collectors have ever succeeded to do so legally: King Farouk of Egypt and, as recently revealed, the noted shoe-designer Stuart Weitzman. The ANS was fortunate to have this precious object on loan for almost a decade when it was displayed at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, its owner still then a mystery. The story continues with the Weitzman coin in the news again as it goes up for auction in New York in June 2021. Many coin dealers, government officials, Secret Service agents, attorneys, and even our presenters found themselves involved in the tangle and the drama of 1933 Double Eagle.

April 23, 2021
45. Seleucid Ghost Stories
Oliver Hoover returns for another installment of “Seleucid Storytime.” This time he has his flashlight firmly under his chin, ready to regale you with tales of how the Seleucids managed to haunt the coinages of other empires, kingdoms, and peoples not only while their empire still lived, but also—and especially—long after it died at the hands of Pompey in 64 BC.   So be sure to turn on your nightlight and tune in to learn about all manner of anchors and eras, long-trunkety elephants, and coins that go bump in the night.

April 16, 2021
44. The Franc
Join ANS Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg for a Long Table on the franc: one of the oldest and most widespread currency units in the world. Orphaned since France abandoned it to merge into the Eurozone, the Franc is currently the official currency of 25 states or autonomous territories—trailing behind the dollar, but still ahead of the pound, dinar, and peso. From the 1365 gold "Franc à cheval" to the fiduciary banknotes and coins circulating today, the Franc's venerable history tells the stories of regime changes, wars, revolutions, economic collapse and recovery, and major currency reforms.

April 9, 2021
43. Coins and papers: the Ptolemaic collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France
Join Julien Olivier for a look at the Ptolemaic collection at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Dr. Olivier—together with Thomas Faucher and Héloïse Aumaître—has undertaken an intense study of these coins. The study includes archaeometric analysis, as well as tracing their pedigree. The goal is to write the history of this numismatic collection from the 17th century to today and look at the people who built it: kings, curators, collectors, travelers, etc. Dr. Olivier will discuss this approach and describe how “paper archaeology” sometimes makes it possible to unearth key data about the provenance of coins coming from excavations or hoards, already attested or not.

March 26, 2021
42. Coinage in the Roman Provinces Before RPC: An Afterword and What was Left Out
Join ANS Assistant Curator for Roman Coins Lucia Carbone for the highlights of the Coinage in the Roman Provinces Before Roman Provincial Coinageconference which will take place on March 23–25. Focusing on some unique or understudied specimens held in the R. B. Witschonke Collection, Dr. Carbone will recount themes presented during the conference including the chronology of Roman Republican Coinage of the Second Punic War, the supply (or lack thereof) of Roman coinage in the Provinces and in Italy, and the role Roman magistrates played in the production of local coinages. She will also talk about a part of the RBW collection that was not touched on—most notably Celtic coinage.

March 19, 2021
41. If Portraits could Talk
Join ANS Fellow and Saltus Award Winner Eugene Daub for a look at the artistic side of numismatics. Daub will tell the stories behind eight different portrait medals and speak on his process of creating them. Daub has exhibited extensively and has work in numerous public collections including the Helsinki Art Museum, the Smithsonian Institution and the British Museum. His first sculptural work was for the Franklin Mint and has since created over 40 major monuments in the U.S. Read more about Daub and his work at eugenedaub.com 

March 12, 2021
40. The Berlin Coin Cabinet in the Past and Today
Join Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weisser for a journey through the Berlin Coin Cabinet. He will look at the history of the collection which dates back to the 16th century and mirrors the eventful history of the city of Berlin and even Germany itself.

March 5, 2021
39. "Why did they do that?" The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, Congress and the United States Mint
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) advises the Secretary of the Treasury on the themes and designs of all US coins and medals. Join ANS Trustee and CCAC Chairperson Mary Lannin, with Chief Curator and fellow CCAC member Peter van Alfen, to learn how the CCAC figures in the long process of our nation's coinage, and what they can and can't do.

February 26, 2021
38. A Look at Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago
Former ANS Librarian Elizabeth Hahn Benge will present an overview of the collection she now manages in the departments of the Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean & Byzantium and the Arts of Africa at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her talk will look at the history of the museum collections and how early acquisitions included hundreds of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins, many of which are currently on display.

February 19, 2021
37. Cistophoric Mysteries from the ANS Vault
With over 1,000 specimens, the ANS boasts the best collection in the world of cistophori, an overvalued silver currency first issued by the Attalids in the course of the second century BCE in a region corresponding to modern Turkey. After the Attalid kingdom became part of the Roman Empire, cistophoric coinage continued to be produced well into the second century CE. In spite of its historical and numismatic significance, several elements of this coinage still remain unexplained. When and why was it first produced? What was the relationship between cistophoric mints and royal (and then provincial) administration? Why the Romans decided to keep producing this coinage in relevant quantities for almost three hundred years? Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Dr. Lucia Carbone will discuss these issues while showing some of the best—and in most cases unique—cistophori in the ANS Collection.

February 12, 2021
36. Artists of the Medallic Art Company, 1909-1930 
This talk, former MACO Collections Manager at the ANS Taylor Hartley will discuss some of the early artists of the Medallic Art Company. Some are well-known to fans of medallic art, and others are fascinating artists uncovered while working with the collection. We will cover Victor David Brenner, Paul Manship, Janet Scudder, Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington, and more! The early years of the Medallic Art Company provide a wealth of fascinating artists to discuss, and their medals are some of the most beautiful the company produced. 

February 5, 2021
35. From the Particulars to the General: Acheloios and His Sinews. Revisiting Man-Faced Bull Iconography
This Long Table features Dr. Nicholas J. Molinari, who will review his work on man-faced bull iconography and the cult of Acheloios.  During the presentation he will discuss the various theories concerning the identity of the man-faced bull that have been offered by numismatists over the past 500 years, before presenting a new theory developed with the collaboration of Dr. Nicola Sisci in their 2016 book, ΠOTAMIKON: Sinews of Acheloios. The talk also presents an overview of some of the recent developments in the study of Acheloios that Dr. Molinari has published in subsequent articles and in his 2020 dissertation, all of which shed further light on this fascinating area of ancient history. 

January 30, 2021
34. The Vatican Numismatic Collection
Join Director of the Numismatic Department of the Vatican Library Eleonora Giampiccolo for a look into the Vatican coin cabinet. She will discuss the history of the collection, its acquisitions, and its locations over the centuries as well as highlighting signature pieces and historical relics—including little-known collections coins found in the Roman catacombs and coins found around St. Peter’s tomb.

January 22, 2021
33. The Ties that Bind: Archaic Greek Coins of Mother-Cities and their Colonies
Join Peter van Alfen as he discusses several examples of Archaic Greek coins produced by a number of mother-cities (metropoleis) and their colonies (apoikiai) exploring both their shared features and their dissimilarities.

December 18, 2020
32. The G.N. Olcott Collection at Columbia University
Join ANS Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone as she presents the Olcott Collection at Columbia University, a pioneering and long-forgotten teaching collection of Roman coins. Around the turn of the century, Columbia University Professor G.N. Olcott acquired a sizable collection of Roman, Etruscan and Villanovan artifacts—including around 3,500 Roman coins—for himself and the university. Upon his death, he bequeathed his collection to Columbia so that students could actively study the progressive development of Roman coinage. After being at the center of the didactic activities of the Classics Department at Columbia for more than three decades, in 1949 the collection fell into partial oblivion for over sixty years. Only in the last decade has the Olcott Collection been the object of renewed attention by Columbia University faculty and students.

December 11, 2020
31. Connections, Community, & Coinage: A Conversation about the System of Coin Production in Southern Asia Minor AD 218-276 

Join Roman numismatists George Watson (Goethe-Universität) and Bernhard Woytek (Oxford University) as they discuss the system of coin production in the regions of Pamphylia, Pisidia, and Cilicia during the third century AD. As in much of the Roman East, cities in these regions produced their own bronze coinage, something collaboratively achieved in Asia Minor as evidenced by the use of the same obverse dies by two or more cities, as well as the appearance of the same engraving style in multiple cities. This conversation will explore new conclusions and areas of investigation as described by Watson in his new ANS monograph, Connections, Communities, and Coinage (Numismatic Studies 39), broadening our understanding of Roman numismatics.

December 4, 2020
30. The Numismatic Collection in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan
Comprising over 40,000 coins, the majority of the numismatic collection at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology comes from archaeological excavations undertaken by the University of Michigan in the first half of the 20th century. Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and Assistant Curator of Numismatics at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in the University of Michigan and ANS Summer Seminar alumni Irene Soto Marín will introduce the collection, whose systematic and in-depth research has just started after a hiatus of several decades. She will discuss the material from the sites of Seleucia on the Tigris and Karanis, located in present-day Iraq and Egypt, respectively. The discussion will be focused on digital strategies for researching the collection and on how to approach the study of an archaeologically contextualized numismatic collection in the 21st century.

November 20, 2020
29. Vault Favorites with Jesse Kraft
Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas Jesse Kraft will go through his favorite objects from the ANS collection including colonial paper money, privately-issued gold coinage of South America, as well as mis-struck and error coins.

November 13, 2020
28. From the ANS Archives
ANS Archivist and Librarian David Hill will discuss some standout collections from the ANS Archives and present letters, photographs, drawings, and other items from the Chester Beach, Louis-Oscar Roty, Bernard Morgenthau, John Reilly, and Chapman Brothers collections.

November 6, 2020
27. Zenobia and Vabalathus—the Legacy of Palmyra in Coinage and Sculpture 
Join ANS Fellow Richard Beleson for a discussion on the history of Palmyra and its interaction with the Roman Empire. He will present examples of coins relating to the history of Palmyra—including examples issued by Zenobia and Vabalathus—and will discuss the archaeological site and sculpture of Palmyra. 

October 30, 2020
26. Vault Favorites with Dr. Gilles Bransbourg
ANS Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg will explore the relationship between the value of money and the materials used across a range of monetary traditions and cultures. In this journey across the ANS vault, we will meet 3rd millenium BCE cowries; coins weighing between one pound and less than a gram; ingots that reach almost 15 kilos; and alloys as diverse as gold, silver, billon, bronze and copper. Many of these numismatic objects are very rare!

October 23, 2020
25. The Archaeology of Future Currencies
Join ANS Director of Publications Andrew Reinhard (PhD in Archaeology, University of York) as he forecasts what an archaeology of future currency might look like. Numismatic evidence from Ancient Greece and China up through the twentieth century communicate data to archaeologists in traditional ways. The late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, however, contain emerging, alternative currencies—some virtual—at a scale hitherto unseen in the archaeological record. What do these new currencies look like (if they can be seen at all), how can archaeologists detect them, and what new data will they communicate about the human and non-human inhabitants of a late capitalist world?”

October 16, 2020
25. Cultural Heritage and Collecting Coins
Collecting ancient, Byzantine, medieval, and many other coins has become increasingly subject to a range of regulations, both here in the US and internationally. Join Peter Tompa and Ute Wartenberg for a discussion on the cultural property issues regarding coins, some of these various rules, and their underlying concepts.

October 9, 2020
23. Recent Acquisitions to the ANS Collection
Chief Curator Peter van Alfen will give a live overview of 2020 additions to the ANS Collection. Recent acquisitions include 14th century Castilian coinage; African Tribal Currency; 19th century French medals and jetons; contemporary commemorative coins struck by the US in honor of the 100th anniversary the 19th amendment; the medal commissioned by the ANS from João Duarte to honor Dr. Ute Wartenberg's 20 years of dedicated service to the Society; and much, much more! 

October 2, 2020
22. Themes and Variations in Byzantine Coins
ANS Life Member Don Squires will discuss four themes and variations found on Byzantine coins: continuity and change, religion, dynastic propaganda, and the imitation of Byzantine coins by the Empire’s neighbors. He will discuss how these four things converge on Byzantine coinage and what makes the study of these objects so fascinating.

September 25, 2020
21. Old World Meets New World: The Coinage of Joanna and Charles, 1536-72
The coinage of Joanna and Charles in New Spain during the mid-16th century was the first in the entire Western Hemisphere. Struck when deposits of precious metals were first discovered in large amounts by Europeans in the New World, they initiated a centuries-long period of exploitation of the Americas. However, their coinage had to contend with other forms of currency already in circulation! Please join ANS Curator of the Americas, Jesse Kraft, for a Long Table that will introduce the different types of coins that were put into circulation, as well as offer a discussion into the multiple layers of their historical significance.

September 18, 2020
20. Vault Favorites with Dr. Lucia Carbone
Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone will show and discuss her favorite coins from the ANS collection covering a range of Roman republican, imperial, and provincial coins.

September 11, 2020
19. Mints of New York City
In this Long Table, Chief Curator Peter van Alfen will discuss the manufacture of numismatic items—coins, tokens, and paper—in New York City from the Colonial Period up to the twentieth century. While each of these aspects has been examined individually, rarely is the continuous narrative of the City as a mint, or host for several mints discussed.

September 4, 2020
18. The Hidden Treasures of this Happy Island

In a joint Long Table with the Royal and British Numismatic Societies, former Deputy Director at the British Museum and ANS Trustee, Dr. Andrew Burnett will present and discuss his new book—a history of numismatics in Britain from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, from about 1500 to about 1750. The book presents much new information, such as the existence of a Tudor royal collection and the origins of the great collection of King George III. As well as a new picture of many little- or un-known individual collectors and scholars. It also covers themes such as the sad history of institutional collections at Oxford and Cambridge, and the way that officials of the Levant Company used their presence in Turkey to collect coins and supply them to others

August 28, 2020
17. Roman Emperor Roll Call

What did the Roman Emperors really look like? Using busts, coins, and historical accounts to make 54 photorealistic Roman Emperors portraits, Daniel Voshart tries to answer this question. He will discuss his sources and methods, and how close you can get with only exaggerated and idealized portraits and scant information.

August 21, 2020
16. Artists of the Medallic Art Company Collection
Former MACO Collections Manager at the ANS Taylor Hartley will delve into the prominent artist of the Medallic Art Co. collection—and now, the ANS collection. Salvador Dalí (Surrealism), Jacques Lipchitz (Cubism), Roy Lichtenstein (Pop Art), and Rene Chambellan (Art Deco) are only a few of the impressive artist who produce medallic art with MACO.

August 14, 2020
15. Vault Favorites with Dr. Peter van Alfen
ANS Chief Curator Peter van Alfen will go through his favorite objects from the ANS collection including Archaic Greek coins, Chinese spade currency, 17th century Dutch medals, and US bank notes.

August 7, 2020
14. An Introduction to CoinHoards
Join ANS Director of Data Science Ethan Gruber and Chief Curator Peter van Alfen as they introduce one of the latest additions to the Hellenistic Royal Coinages suite of online resources: CoinHoards (coinhoards.org). Based on the print publication Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards, this new resource allows users to conduct sweeping searches, complete with statistical and mapping tools and links to archival documents, of nearly 3,000 ancient Greek coin hoards.

July 31, 2020
13. Discovering the Coinage of the Nabataeans
Please join the ANS for a Long Table discussion on Nabataean coins. Eby Friedman will survey the 200 year span of ancient Nabataean coinage to enhance our appreciation of the history and coinage of Nabataea, a perplexing, enigmatic, and poorly understood kingdom. Topics covered will include historical royal figures, Aramaic inscriptions, Macedonian, Ptolemaic, and Seleucid design sources, the Nabataean religious pantheon as depicted on the coins, Nabataean lead tokens, strange and unusual Nabataean coin types, and transitional Roman coinage. The Nabataean kingdom will be explored in the context of parallel contemporary civilizations.

July 24, 2020
12. Vault Favorites with Dr. Jesse Kraft
Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas Dr. Jesse Kraft will go through his favorite objects from the ANS collection including the first coins of the Americas, regulated colonial gold coins of the 1780s, and rare 19th and 20th-century pattern coins.

July 17, 2020
11. Exploring the New Monogram Tools of Hellenistic Royal Coinages
Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) project co-directors, Ethan Gruber and Peter van Alfen, will demonstrate the latest addition to the HRC suite of online resources: a tool for identifying and finding specific monograms that appear on these coins. In addition, they will also discuss the function of the monograms and symbols that are frequently seen on Hellenistic and other ancient Greek coinages. 

July 10, 2020
10. Meet the Moonlight Mint: A Q&A with Coiner Daniel Carr
Please join the ANS for a Long Table with coiner, designer, and engineer, Daniel Carr. Mr. Carr designed the New York and Rhode Island State Quarters in 2001. In 2007 he purchased a decommissioned and non-functioning Denver Mint coin press, refurbished it, and opened Moonlight Mint the following year. Since then he has struck hundreds of different tokens, medals, and fantasy coins. These include such interesting pieces as a 1920-D Morgan dollar, 1978-D Anthony dollar, and a complete line of parody State Quarters. Mr. Carr also owns the rights to the "Clark Gruber" name, who struck coins in Denver in the 1860s. Since their inception, all of his products have proven very popular and now form their own niche in numismatics.

June 26, 2020
9. The Richard B. Witschonke Collection
Join Dr. Lucia Carbone for a discussion on the 4,000 coins included in the R. B. Witschonke Collection and how it provides a historical and numismatic prologue to the study of Roman Provincial coinage. Mainly dated between the second and the first century BC, this collection illustrates the gradual transition from distinct to compatible monetary systems in the Mediterranean basin and tell the tale of a partial convergence toward the Roman monetary system before the inception of the so-called Roman Provincial coinage in the second half of the first century BC. Spanning from imitations of Roman Republican denarii from Romania and Gaul to the lead tokens of Spain, from Aesillas’ tetradrachms in Macedonia to the Romano-Sicilian coins in Sicily, local coinages and pseudo-mints in Central and Southern Italy, this collection offers a unique overview of the diverse ways in which the monetary systems of the Mediterranean basin responded to the Roman conquest in the second and early first century BC and to the related necessity of interconnectivity.

June 19, 2020
8. Preparing your Manuscript for Publication
Preparing an article or book manuscript for publication can be a daunting and mysterious task. Join ANS Director of Publications, Dr. Andrew Reinhard, as he pulls back the veil on everything from style and formatting to digital images and image permissions. After brief introductory remarks, participants are encouraged to ask questions about how peer review works, why publication can often take months or even years, why publishing is expensive, Open Access publication, as well as specifics about your own manuscripts-in-progress and how to submit them.

June 12, 2020
7. Topics in Biblical and Judean Coins
Join ANS Trustee and First Vice President David Hendin with Haim Gitler, Chief Curator of Archaeology and Curator of Numismatics at the Israel Museum for an informal discussion on interesting aspects of the Biblical/Judean coin series. Hendin is currently at work on the sixth edition of his book Guide to Biblical Coins, and will present several topics of interest, including the conservation of ancient coins, and then open the table for discussion.

June 6, 2020
6. Signs of Inflation
Join Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg for a Long Table on inflation. It has been the ‘friend’ of all major wars and crises throughout human history. Fiduciary mediums of payment rely on trust—fides in Latin—and may lose all value when too abundant and debased. Through numismatic objects, one encounters the forms of inflation experienced by ancient Greeks and Romans, Africans, Chinese, modern Europeans, and finally our contemporary world.

May 29, 2020
5. Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP)

Join Lucia Carbone (ANS) and Liv Yarrow (CUNY – Brooklyn College) for an overview of the Roman Republican Die Project. About 25 years ago Richard ‘Dick’ Schaefer began to collect systematically images of all struck Roman Republican issues included in Crawford’s Roman Republican Coinage. While no precise final count is available yet, it is estimated that Schaefer has documented and analyzed some 300,000 specimens in the Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP). For each issue of struck coins, Schaefer determined the die links for either obverse or reverse. Schaefer’s notations on each clipping record the image source, as well as any and all information in the source such as weight, axis, diameter, and his assigned die identifier (a number or a letter). In early 2019 the ANS partnered with Dick Schaefer in the Roman Republican Die Project, aiming at making digitally available to the public what is likely to be the largest die study ever undertaken.

May 22, 2020
4. Glance at the Collections of Queen Christina and Queen Elizabeth II

Royal collections can be enlarged by active collecting as in the case of Queen Christina or passive collecting including gifts from other monarchs as in the collection of Queen Elizabeth II. These collections are more than just coins and can include orders, medals, and decorations. Join ANS Trustee Mary Lannin for a glance at two very different royal collections.

May 15, 2020
3. The Medallic Art Co. Collection

The Medallic Art Co. (MACO) is the oldest private mint in the United States and its importance cannot be understated. Founded in 1903 in New York City, the company has produced some of the country’s most important medals, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Peabody Award, the Caldecott medal, and the inaugural medals for eleven different U.S. presidents. Additionally, the firm struck some of the most beautiful art medals for such sculptors as Victor D. Brenner, John Flanagan, and Adolph Weinman. In 2018, the ANS purchased the MACO archives at auction, which included representations of nearly each medal they produced, as well as dies, galvanos, and paper/digital archives. Literally 100s of tons of material! Join Dr. Jesse Kraft and Scott H. Miller for a discussion on the contents, significance, and future of this gargantuan collection.

May 8, 2020
2. The HRC Project and Other Online Resources at the ANS

Chief Curator Peter van Alfen and Director of Data Science Ethan Gruber, both co-directors of the Hellenistic Royal Coinages project, will host a Long Table that will discuss the various components of the project and how users might employ them. These include PELLA, Seleucid Coins Online, Ptolemaic Coins Online and the newly revised Coin Hoards site.

May 1, 2020
1. Slabbing: How it has Changed Collecting Coins

Ute Wartenberg will discuss how grading coins and other objects—also referred to as “slabbing”—has changed the field of collecting. While initially only US and foreign coins were slabbed, over the last decade, ancient coins, and even medals, are increasingly sold encapsulated. How this development has affected numismatics is of interest to collectors, dealers, and also academics. In order to get some first-hand knowledge of the whole process, Ute will be joined by two guests who have had a major impact in this field: Mark Salzberg, Chairman of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), and David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients.