April 2020 eNews

Announcements and Upcoming Events

A Digital “Money Talks” |
Currency with Consequences: Circulating Counterfeits in the United States
Illicitly creating the likeness of a genuine piece is one thing, successfully spending it is another. Similarly, recognizing a counterfeit is the first step on the path to finding the culprit. Join ANS Curator of the Americas, Dr. Jesse Kraft on Saturday, May 16 for a virtual “Money Talks” exploring more than 350 years of circulating counterfeit money in the United States, followed by a real-time Q&A session. More…

Introducing Long Table sessions!
The ANS launches its new series, Long Table, which digitally brings together staff and members to discuss a different topic each week. Modeled after the ANS’s in-person lunchtime chats, each Long Table will feature a 15-minute introduction on a topic of general interest, followed by an informal Q&A period. The first session will be led by ANS Research Curator Dr. Ute Wartenberg with Mark Salzberg, Chairman of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), and David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients. More…

The Planchet, Ep. 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. Listen and Subscribe

An important update to the NEH-Funded Ptolemaic Coins Online
A huge update has been recently uploaded to the NEH-funded database, Ptolemaic Coins Online (PCO). PCO now includes the bronze coinages found in Volume I, Part II of Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire by Catharine Lorber.  Examples of 590 Ptolemaic bronze coins from the ANS collection were uploaded, bringing the total number of available examples of all coins on PCO to 3,200 from 12 museums located around the world. More…

2006 COAC now fully uploaded to the ANS YouTube Channel
The 20th COAC, dedicated to Newby’s St. Patrick Coinage, was sponsored by the Stack Family and held at the Society’s former Fulton Street location on November 11, 2006. Thanks to Ray Williams, it was the first COAC ever to be filmed using digital equipment. Speakers including Robert Heslip, Philip Mossman, Oliver Hoover, William Nipper, Brian Danforth, Louis Jordan, Roger Siboni and Vicken Yegparian cover a wide range of topics, such as the identification of the denomination(s) of the St. Patrick coppers, the method and author of their production, and the circulating media of the Anglo-American colonies in the 17th century. Watch on the ANS YouTube Channel.

Updating the Coinage of Hadrian on OCRE
The ANS is updating Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE). New research on the coins of Hadrian necessitates a significant upgrade—these coins making up 10% of coinage on OCRE. This work encompasses years of research and new finds to redefine the system for categorizing Hadrianic coinage. To support this project, we started our first ever gofundmecampaign! More…


April in Review

Antony and Cleopatra: A Match Made on Coinage
Our first digital “Money Talks” was a hit! On April 4 Dr. Lucia Carbone spoke on the coinage of Antony and Cleopatra and how coins represented a central element in their dynastic propaganda. In the iconography, the medium, and the weight of their coins, Antony and Cleopatra introduced radical changes that became the norm in the Imperial Age. You can now watch it on the ANS YouTube Channel!

Four Seminar Alumni Announce Exciting Positions
We had many exciting updates from alumni of the Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics. Dr. Irene Soto Marín (class of 2013) will be headed to the University of Michigan to fill a joint appointment as an assistant professor in Classical Studies and assistant curator at the Kelsey Museum. Dr. Jane Sancinito (class of 2015) has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Jeremy Simmons (class of 2016) will spend one year at ISAW as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He will then take up a position at the University of Maryland in the Fall of 21 as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor. And finally, Anna Accettola (class of 2019) has been accepted as a PhD candidate at UCLA.

White Gold
has Arrived!
White Gold: Studies in Early Electrum Coinage is now in print and available for purchase. Edited by Peter van Alfen and Ute Wartenberg with Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert, Haim Gitler, Koray Konuk, and Catharine C. Lorber, this co-publication with The Israel Museum features 21 new works of scholarship on early electrum coinage. Several years in the making, White Gold weighs in at over 8 lbs (4 kg), its 717 pages containing text, b/w, and full-color images, charts, maps, and tables, including three pull-outs. $105 for ANS Members. Purchase. Read the Pocket Change post.

Coins and Computation: New Developments in the Computer-Aided Die Study
Zachary Taylor from Trinity University and ANS Chief Curator Peter van Alfen offered a “Money Talks” on Computer-Aided Die Study (CADS). Die studies help numismatists learn about the ancient money supply, mint layout and manufacturing processes, and much more, but can be tedious and strenuous to conduct. CADS aims to solve this problem by automating a vast majority of the ‘busy work’ in a die study, cutting the time needed for sorting and clustering by orders of magnitude. You can now watch on the ANS YouTube channel!

Hidden Power: Late Cistophoric Production and the Organization of  Provincia Asia (128–89 BC)
Available for pre-order! Late Cistophoric Production and the Organization of  Provincia Asia (128–89 BC) by Dr. Lucia Carbone catalogs and illustrates some 1,737 cistophoric tetradrachms and fractions from the mints of Ephesus, Pergamum, Tralles, Laodicea, Apamea, Adramyteum, Nysa, and Smyrna. Most of the coins included in the study are late cistophori, issues between 133/4 BCE and the 60s BCE. $70 for ANS Members. More…