2016 November Enews

Year End Appeal

This past year marked the 158th anniversary of the ANS, yet through that span of time, the Society remains true to its 19th century purpose: to make the wonders of numismatics available to all who are interested. Today much of our effort is directed toward making our treasures accessible online, and we are making remarkable progress toward this end. But this endeavor takes considerable time and money, and we need to raise $75,000 by the end of the year. So as 2016 draws to a close, please help by giving to our Year End Appeal as generously as you can. Your 100% tax-deductible donation will help secure our footing for the coming twelve months.

To all of you who have already given, and to all of you who are about to, thank you. All of us at the Society truly appreciate your continuing support.

Giving Tuesday

Today, Tuesday, November 29, is a terrific time to make a gift to the ANS. Over the past five years, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving has become an “event” day to help kick off the season of charitable giving. Join the effort with a donation to your favorite numismatic non-profit and participate in Giving Tuesday! 

2017 Annual Gala Dinner


photo credit: Coin World Senior Editor Paul Gilkes

Anthony J. Terranova, the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, and the Newman Numismatic Portal will be the recipients of the 2017 Trustees’ Award at the Society’s Annual Gala on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Terranova joined the ANS 40 years ago and is a Life Fellow and Sage Society Member and longtime supporter of the Society. The contributions from the Newman family have been essential to the many of the ANS’s efforts, including those necessary to make its collections widely accessible online. Read more about the event and show your support with a ticket/program ad.


Updates to Online Databases

The Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University and the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford are the newest members of the Nomisma.org consortium. More than 5,000 Roman Republican and Imperial coins from the Fitzwilliam have been added into Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) and Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (CRRO), and 800 coins of Alexander the Great from the Ashmolean are available in PELLA. Together with updates from other ANS partners, there are now nearly 100,000 Roman Imperial coins available in OCRE.

ANS Coins at ISAW Exhibit

Forbes Magazine’s Sarah Bond wrote a tech round-up which mentions ANS coins that are included in the exhibit “Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity,” at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, which runs through April 2017. The article directly links to MANTIS so visitors can access the coins’ wider numismatic context. Read the article for more information. 

Magazine in Print


The ANS Magazine, issue four for 2016, is at the printer and will be mailed to members and subscribers next month. Features include “The Archaeology of Money in Achaemenid and Hellenistic Syria” (Duyrat), “A New Addition to the Corpus of Islamic and Related Coins in Colonial and Early Federal North America” (Hoover), “The Deccan Watershed: The Potential of Numismatics for Peninsular India” (Gupta), and an Exhibit Preview of “The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War” (van Alfen). There is also a short article by ANS Executive Director Dr. Ute Wartenberg featuring pictures from the 2016 Sage trip to Poland, and information on a new lecture series for 2017.

AJN 2016

The American Journal of Numismatics, Vol. 28, is also at the printer and will be mailed to readers early in 2017. The Journal is now back on track for distribution at the end of each calendar year.

Membership – Get your Publications

Ensure you receive the fourth issue of the ANS Magazine and Volume 28 of the American Journal of Numismatics by renewing your membership at the Full Associate level for 2016. The ANS Magazine and AJN aren’t all the benefits of membership – you also receive discounts on publications and invitations to special events. Renew today online or contact Membership at 212-571-4470 ext. 117.

Order your Copy


As reported last month, Frédérique Duyrat’s new book, Wealth and Warfare: The Archaeology of Money in Ancient Syria is now in stock and available for purchase. Order your copy today!


 Upcoming Events

Lecture in Athens

Dr. Ute Wartenberg, ANS Executive Director, will be presenting a paper (jointly with Dr. Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert) on “Electrum Coinage: Innovation or Continuity” as part of a conference on “Ex Ionia Scientia: ‘Knowledge’ in Ancient Greece.” The conference will be held in Athens from December 11-14, 2016. For more information see http://enlightenedionia.siu.edu/.  During her stay, Dr. Wartenberg will also work on a couple of projects with her colleagues at the Athens Numismatic Museum.

Recent Events

Stephen K. Scher Lecture


An attentive and inquisitive audience was in attendance during the 2016 Stephen K. Scher Lecture on October 6 when Dr. Ulrich Pfisterer presented “Chardin’s Apes: Numismatics and the Science of Observation.” A lively Q&A ensued, and an intimate reception with Dr. Pfisterer, Chair of General Art History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Institut für Kunstgeschichte Zentnerstr, and Dr. Stephen K. Scher, a renowned scholar who has lectured and published extensively on medieval and Renaissance art, concluded the event. This ANS event was held in the Lecture Hall at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Curators at CUNY Graduate Center

At the Graduate Center, CUNY, students in Professor Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis’s Introduction to Mediterranean Archaeology participated in a study day with ANS Associate Curator Gilles Bransbourg and Assistant Curator Vivek Gupta. Exploring Roman and Islamic coinage, students had the opportunity to view Roman, Byzantine, Sasanian, and Islamic coins while hearing the curator presentation on October 15.

Dr. Andrew Burnett Presented the Mark M. Salton Memorial Lecture

A Burnett

“Roman Coins, Money and Elizabethan Society: an Unknown Work by Sir Thomas Smith,” was the subject of Dr. Andrew Burnett’s Mark M. Salton Memorial Lecture on October 27, 2016 at the ANS headquarters in New York City. Dr. Burnett is an ANS Trustee and was elected Second Vice President by the Trustees on October 29, 2016. He is also a former Deputy Director at The British Museum. If you were not able to attend the lecture, you can watch it on the ANS YouTube page.



 159th Annual Meeting


Saturday, October 29, 2016 was the date of the 159th Annual Meeting at the ANS. Members, future members and the general public in attendance enjoyed staff presentations on departmental progress, and the election of Fellows was held. A lively reception followed the meeting. If you weren’t able to join us, you can watch the video and view the presentations, or read departmental reports on our website.

ANS at Whitman Expo

In early November, ANS staff attended the Whitman Winter Expo in Baltimore, MD. Longstanding members and new friends were welcomed by ANS Associate Curator Dr. Gilles Bransbourg and Librarian David Hill, who also attended a Newman Numismatic Portal presentation. Christopher McDowell, editor of the Colonial Newsletter, also met many members and provided detailed information about the publication. Many thanks to Ray Williams, who was essential in the delivery of ANS publications to the convention.

Presentation in Berlin


ANS Assistant Curator/Fellow of Islamic and South Asian Coins, Vivek Gupta, successfully completed a two-week long research visit to the Münzkabinett at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin for research on an encyclopedic and uncatalogued collection of Islamic and South Asian Coins collected by Colonel Charles Seton Guthrie, who served in India from 1827 to 1858. He also presented his research, “Interpreting the Eye (‘ain): Poetry and Painting in the Shrine of Ahmad Shah al-Wali al-Bahmani (r. 1422-1436),” at the Historians of Islamic Art Association Majlis at the Middle Eastern Studies Association Annual Meeting in Boston on November 17, 2016. 

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