September 2018 eNews


MACO Archive Acquisition

The American Numismatic Society has announced the acquisition of the archives of the Medallic Art Company, one of America’s oldest and most important private mints. The archive, which consists of more than 50,000 individual items such as medals, dies, galvanos, plaques, and paper and digital archives, was sold to the Society in bankruptcy proceedings of the Northwest Territorial Mint (NWTM). More…

2019 Gala will Honor Mike Gasvoda

We are pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 10, 2019, the ANS will honor its esteemed former First Vice President Mike Gasvoda with the Trustees’ Award. Mr. Gasvoda, an ANS member since 1996, has been a collector for decades building magnificent collections of Roman and Greek coins, medals, and US large cents. “We are so fortunate to have supporters like Mike in our Society, who care about numismatics as a hobby and an academic discipline.  Few people have a broader knowledge and love coins and medals as much as Mike,” says Sydney Martin, President of the Board of Trustees. More…

The 161st Annual Meeting

The Society’s 161st Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 20 at 3:00 PM. Officers of the Board of Trustees and staff will make remarks and presentations, and the election of Trustees will be held. Recent acquisitions will be on display. A YouTube video of the presentation will be made available for those unable to attend the meeting. More…

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October Money Talks | May the Little Things Not Perish: The History of the ANS

On October 13, join ANS Librarian and Archivist David Hill for a look back at the ANS’s 160-year history. Beginning with the 1858 invitation letter sent out for the very first meeting of the American Numismatic Society, selections from the ANS Archives will also be presented. More…

2017 Saltus Award to Bogomil Nikolov

On October 8, Executive Director Ute Wartenberg will present Bogomil Nikolov of Bulgaria with the 2017 Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal. The ceremony will take place at the ACADEMIA GALLERY Sofia where his work will be on display from October 1–19. More…

U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association 

On October 11–13, Deputy Director Gilles Bransbourg will be represent the ANS at the 7th Annual U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. Stop by the table to say hello and check out the small selection of colonial and post-independence Mexican coins from the ANS collection. More…

November Money Talks | Preserving US Medallic Art Heritage

The ANS recently acquired the archives of the Medallic Art Company (MACO). MACO was founded in New York City around 1907, and for more than a century it produced the work of America’s finest artists. Join Ute Wartenberg and Chief Curator Peter van Alfen to hear more about the acquisition and get an up-close look at the MACO medals, dies, galvanos, and records. More…


Ute Wartenberg will deliver the keynote address at the XXV Annual ICOMON Meeting on “Future-proofing Numismatics in Museums: Issues of Conservation and Collection Management” which will be held on October 3-6 at the Numismatic Museum in Athens, Greece. In Dr. Wartenberg’s address, 25 Years of ICOMON: Where Do We Go From Here?, she will look back at the last quarter century of numismatic developments and discuss possible avenues for numismatic museums. ANS Trustee Mary Lannin will also present “Women as Numismatic Curators: Equals in an Unequal World?” where she will examine the role of women as curators in numismatic museums. More…

Dr. Alan Stahl to Speak on Medals

The Medal Collectors of America and the Massachusetts Historical Society will be hosting “Art and Memory: The Role of Medals” at the society’s headquarters in Boston on Saturday, Nov. 10. Dr. Alan Stahl, Princeton University’s Curator of Numismatics and former longtime curator at the American Numismatic Society, will speak on the role of medals in American history. More…

Why Coinage? Money and Its Origins in the Ancient World

On Thursday, October 4, Peter van Alfen will be presenting Why Coinage? Money and Its Origins in the Ancient World at the Fairfield University Art Museum. The Lecture is co-sponsored by the Classical Studies and Art History Programs, Part of the Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation. More…

2018 Baltimore Winter Expo

The 2018 Baltimore Winter Expo will take place from October 25-28. Stop by the ANS table to chat about coins, look over some books, and sign up your friend as a member! Gilles Bransbourg and Membership Assistant, Emma Pratte will be waiting to say hello. More..

Holding History in the Palm of One’s Hand

Peter van Alfen will be speaking on a panel with ANS Fellow and historian, Stephen Scher and Bowdoin College associate professor of art history, Susan E. Wegner. The panel entitled Holding History in the Palm of One’s Hand: Contemporary Perspectives on Medals and Coins from Antinquity to Recent Past will take place on November 13 at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. More…


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Judean Coinage and Early Christianity

Our Fall Money Talks line-up began with a bang with David Hendin’s Judean Coinage and Early Christianity. We were at max-capacity as Mr. Hendin discussed Jewish and ancient Christian coins in the context of archaeology and the experience of 50 years studying the coins and weights of the southern Levant—covering coins of Hasmoneans, Herodians, Prefects and Procurators of Judaea, and the First Revolt and the Bar Kokhba Revolt.

Dr. Carbone and Colombia’s Olcott Collection

As a spin-off of the course ‘Roman coins and History’ taught by Edlow Family Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone at Columbia University (CU), a group of five CU graduate students is cataloging the Olcott Collection. This collection, with over 3,000 Roman Republican, Imperial and Provincial coins, is held at Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The group, supervised by Dr. Carbone and by RBML Head Librarian Jane Siegel, is expected to complete the preliminary cataloging by June 2019.

2015 Magazines Are Now Available to the Public

ANS Magazine 2015 issues 1 through 4 are now available from the Back Issues page of the magazine website. Public links will continue to be made available three years after the publication date, continuing the Society’s open access publishing policy. The magazine’s digital edition can be viewed on both desktop and mobile platforms in a flipbook style and features full text search, web links to objects in the ANS databases, and allows easy sharing via email, Facebook and Twitter. 

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The History of Money at ISAW

Gilles Bransbourg began teaching a research seminar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) entitled “The History of Money.” Starting with the ancient origins of money, Dr. Bransbourg’s seminar will discuss its ubiquitous nature and explore the conditions that surround its birth, its various (de)materializations through time and space, as well as how its functions evolved within the societies it contributed to shaping. More… 

One of Our Youngest Visitors!

On September 19th ANS welcomed one of its youngest visitors, 7-month-old Ben Wright. Accompanied by a group of only slightly older friends, aged 6–13, and their mothers, Ben was introduced to the study of ancient coinage by Lucia Carbone. It is never too early to begin!