Long Table

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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: 

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.

February 5, 2021
35. From the Particulars to the General: Acheloios and His Sinews. Revisiting Man-Faced Bull Iconography with Nicholas Molinari

February 12, 2021
36. Artists of the Medallic Art Company, 1909-1935 with Taylor Hartley

February 19
37. TBD with Jesse Kraft

February 26, 2021
38. TBD with Lucia Carbone


Archive:

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.