Long Table

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The Long Table series brings together staff and ANS Members virtually to discuss a different topic each week. Modeled after the ANS’s in-person lunchtime chats, each Long Table features an informal 15-minute introduction, followed by an Q&A period. Members will have the opportunity to take an hour away from their busy day to discuss things of numismatic interest, exchange views and ideas, and communicate directly with each other and with the ANS. Topics and discussion can range anywhere from a new numismatic book to numismatics in the news.

These sessions are not recorded.


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.