2016 September Enews

Sage Society in Poland

An amazing numismatic tour of Poland is about to get underway for members of the Augustus B. Sage Society. For one week, members will partake in exceptional opportunities to view numismatic and artistic treasures in Warsaw, Cracow and Wroclaw, while meeting with distinguished numismatic scholars and touring with ANS Executive Director Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan. This is the eighth Sage Society trip, and it is always a highlight on the ANS calendar. More information from the excursion will follow.

Issue 3 of the 2016 ANS Magazine


The ANS Magazine will ship to Members this week. Issue 3 contains articles about a lost Renaissance numismatic manuscript by Jon Cunnally, revisiting the Numismatic History of Rayy by Vivek Gupta, Mariani Medals by David Hill, and non-Greek scripts and languages on ancient Greek coins by Oliver Hoover. Members will receive a link to the digital edition soon.

AJN 27

The American Journal of Numismatics, Vol. 27 (2015), has also shipped, and should reach subscribers in the next few days. AJN Vol. 28 (2016) is nearly finished, and will be shipped before the end of 2016.

New Publication


A new book will be sent to the printer at the end of September: Frédérique Duyrat’s Wealth and Warfare: The Archaeology of Money in Ancient Syria. This book assembles for the first time the evidence for coin finds in the region of ancient Syria from the 5th to the 1st century BCE. It includes a full catalogue of all known Syrian coin hoards and published excavation finds. Members can pre-order the 600-page volume until October 1 at a special advance price of $125 plus shipping. It will retail for $200 ($140 for members) on October 1. Email Catherine DiTuri to place your orders.

OCRE Update

Another milestone has been reached on the ANS’s Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) website – the remainder of Roman Imperial Coins Volume 5 has been published. This represents an additional 4,000 coin types, mainly comprising the Gallic Empire and usurpers. OCRE helps in the identification, cataloguing and researching of the varied coinage of the Roman Empire, and provides a comprehensive online resource, which, upon completion, will encompass every known Roman Imperial coin type.

Don’t Forget your Membership

Fall is here, but there is still time to renew your membership for 2016. Ensure you continue to receive the ANS Magazine and the other benefits of membership, including discounts on publications and invitations to special events by renewing today.


Ancient Taxes Workshop

A two-day workshop at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World will focus on taxation principles and tax compliance in the Ancient World. ANS Associate Curator, Dr. Gilles Bransbourg, will present “Theory and Practice of Tax Extraction in the Later Roman Empire” on Tuesday, October 1. Learn more about the workshop.

Stephen K. Scher Lecture

Dr. Ulrich Pfisterer will present “Chardin’s Apes: Numismatics and the Science of Observation,” as the 2016 Stephen K. Scher Lecture on Thursday, October 6, at 6:00 PM. Dr. Pfisterer serves as Chair of General Art History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Institut für Kunstgeschichte Zentnerstr.

The lecture will be held in the Lecture Hall at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1 East 78th Street, New York City. A reception will follow. You must RSVP for this event online or contact the ANS Membership Department at 212-571-4470 ext. 117.

U.S. Mexican Convention

The U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association is holding their 2016 annual convention in Scottsdale, AZ from Oct. 6-8. Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan, ANS Executive Director, will be in attendance with a selection of new ANS publications and books on monies of the Americas. A dozen coins will be on display – 10 from Mexico, one from Bolivia, and one from Peru with a recently independent Guatemalan countermark.

Some of the featured coins include: a Philip III silver 8 Reales, dated 1607, the first year the Mexico mint put dates on its coinage; a gilded medallion from 1814, celebrating the freedom of Ferdinand VII, as the Spanish hold over Mexico was breaking apart; and a half cut silver coin from 1880s Oaxaca with Chinese graffiti and chop marks (this object circulated in Asia, possibly Vietnam). Learn more about this annual convention.

Presentation at Columbia University

On Friday, October 21, 2016, at the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean at Columbia University, Dr. Gilles Bransbourg will present, “Taxation and Inequality in the Later Roman Empire.” The lecture will take place at the Italian Academy of Columbia University.

Mark M. Salton Memorial Lecture

“Roman Coins, Money and Elizabethan Society: an Unknown Work by Sir Thomas Smith,” will be the topic of the 2016 Mark M. Salton Memorial Lecture by Dr. Andrew M. Burnett, ANS Trustee and former Director at The British Museum. The lecture will take place at the ANS headquarters in New York City on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm. A reception will begin at 5:30 pm. Reservations are required – RSVP to membership@numismatics.org or 212-571-4470 ext. 117.

159th Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 29, 2016 is the date of the Society’s 159th Annual Meeting. 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. A new exhibition will be on display.


Cultural Heritage Roundtable


On Tuesday, September 20, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the United States Department of State co-hosted a roundtable discussion on today’s struggle to protect and preserve the cultural heritage of religious minorities. Andrew Reinhard, Director of Publications, attended on behalf of the ANS. The discussion centered around what foreign governments can do to stem the tide of destruction and theft of culturally significant places and artifacts in regions of armed conflict. In light of recent events in Armenia and Syria, with what UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova calls “cultural cleansing,” cultural education of the population by governments is key, as is the encouragement for citizens to document, photograph, and film heritage in peril. Lisa Ackerman, COO of the WMF said, “no photograph is unimportant.”

A reception in the Met’s Temple of Dendur followed the discussion where delegates were treated to a speech from French President Francois Hollande on what France is doing to assist countries whose cultural heritage is under threat. Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise appearance to talk about the importance of preserving cultural heritage and how the United States is helping.


UNESCO Conference

Dr. Peter van Alfen, ANS Margaret Thompson Curator, spoke at an international conference hosted by UNESCO on September 22 and 23 in Paris, France. The subject of the conference was Underwater Cultural Heritage Sites and their protection. Learn more about the meeting.


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