March 2019 eNews


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April “Money Talks”

 Join ANS Board President Sydney Martin for the next “Money Talks” lecture on April 13. What many early American coin collectors fail to recognize is that, from the sixteenth century until 1763, New France included most of what is now the United States west of the Appalachians, as well as most of present Canada. As such, coins minted by France with the intent of circulating only its North American colonies should be considered “coin of the realm.” More…

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D1DCC0 Picture of The library of Celsus at sunrise in the Roman ruins of Ephesus, Anatolia, Turkey.

The Power of Money

Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Dr. Lucia Carbone and Prof. John Ma (Columbia University) have organized a workshop entitled The Power of Money. Coinage, Identity and Power in the Greek Provinces of the Roman East (May 2–4, 2019). With special guest Dr. Michel Amandry, the workshop focuses on the interactions between identity, coinage, and economics in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. More…

EAC and ANS Honor Del Bland

On Friday, May 3, at the Early American Coppers (EAC) Convention in Dayton, Ohio, EAC and ANS will host a get-together to allow the many friends and colleagues of the late Del Bland to remember, celebrate, and honor this extraordinary man. Deputy Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg will be in attendance and ANS Archivist and Librarian David Hill will be giving a talk on Bland and his work. More…

Lucia Carbone at ‘Sapienza’ (University of Rome)

On April 2–4, Dr. Carbone will be lecturing at University of Rome on the topic ‘Provincial Administration and Civic Coinage in the Eastern Provinces of Roman Empire.’ The lectures will be part of the graduate class Impero, Ecumene e Monarchia (Empire, Ecumene and Monarchy) co-taught by Prof. P. Vannicelli (Greek History) and Prof. Marco Maiuro (Roman History). More…

Central States Convention

From April 24–27, the Central States Numismatic Society’s 80th Anniversary Convention will be held in Schaumburg, IL, at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. Executive Director Dr. Ute Wartenberg will be in attendance. More…

Gilles Bransbourg at the University of Basel

Gilles Bransbourg has been invited by the University of Basel to deliver a lecture titled Monetary Unions: What an Ancient Empire Can Teach Us. This lecture will explore the similarities and contrasts between the Roman Imperial monetary system and the subsequent attempts at introducing a common currency across Europe with notably the current European monetary union. More…

Dr. van Alfen to speak at Historia Numorum Dinner

On April 27, Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen will be giving a talk at the 54th Annual Spring Dinner Meeting of the Society Historia Numorum at the oldest operating Inn on the one of the oldest commissioned roads in the United States—Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Massachusetts. His talk, Why Coins?, will explore the beginnings of coinage in general and more specifically with the problems posed by the earliest coins. More…

Weight Standards Workshop

This small, closed two-day workshop has been organized by Ulrike Peter of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Bernhard Weisser of the Münzkabinett Berlin, and Ute Wartenberg and Peter van Alfen of the American Numismatic Society. From April 1-2, this workshop will bring together a number of colleagues to discuss methodologies and problems associated with the identification of ancient Greek coin standards and denominations. The outcome of the workshop, it is hoped, will be the creation of IDs for a number of standards and denominations, which can then serve as aids in cataloguing. More…

Upcoming Lecture: The Colts of Corinth Revisited: The 4th-2nd century BC Corinthian Coinage

Join Dr. Lee Brice on May 10 for The Colts of Corinth Revisited. Despite having been one of the earliest Greek mints to strike its own silver coinage, the mint at Corinth has remained imperfectly understood. In particular, we lack a relative chronology for the coin series in Ravel Period V and the absolute chronology has been in doubt. This talk will present the results of a die study of Corinth Periods V and VI coinage. As a result of the extensive die study of the drachmas from the Ravel periods V and VI we finally have a proven relative chronology for the issues of Period V and suggestions for the absolute chronology for mint production in the mid fourth to second centuries BCE. More…

Upcoming Lecture: Imagining America: Native American Icons and National Identity on Early American Coins

Join Dr. Peter Dunham at the ANS on May 31 for Imagining America. Money is not just a medium of exchange but also a vehicle for transmitting ethnic and political messages. The imagery on currency is often employed to help build national identities. In the wake of independence, depictions of Native Americans were frequently used on coins throughout the Americas to distinguish emerging national identities from those of former imperial overlords. More…

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“Money Talks” | Making Mexico

Join Peter Dunham on June 1 for Making Mexico: The Imagery of Nation-Building on Mexican Currency. Mexico, with its tumultuous history of political upheaval, offers an ideal laboratory in which to consider how the imagery on currency is used to help forge national identity. More…

March in Review

Parallel Heritages

On March 4 and 6 Dr. Lucia Carbone participated in the workshop Parallel Heritages, Humanities in Action co-organized by Columbia University in New York and the Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne. The project brought together faculty members and PhD students from the departments of Art History and Archaeology at Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and Columbia University to conduct two week-long research seminars on the history of their respective university collections in New York and Paris. Dr. Carbone presented on the history of the Olcott Coin Collection, a collection of over 3,500 Roman Provincial, Imperial and Republican coins hosted at RBML. This collection is currently being catalogued by Columbia University PhD students under the supervision of Dr. Carbone.

March “Money Talks”

Donald Squires gave the March “Money Talks”—Reading Byzantine Coins. He gave attendees some tools to decipher tricky Byzantine inscriptions with Latin, Greek, or both and written in a mixture of the Greek and Roman alphabets. Read about upcoming Money Talks. 

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The World Between Empires

The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East opened on March 18 and will be on view until June 23, 2019, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For over three centuries, the territories and trading networks of the Middle East were contested between the Roman and Parthian Empires (ca. 100 BC–AD 250), yet across the region life was not defined by these two superpowers alone. Thirteen ANS coins from Parthia, Judea, Syria, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire are included. More…

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March School Visits

On March 1 a group of eleven students from Pine Crest School (Florida) visited the ANS. The students were accompanied by their Latin teachers and were introduced to the coinage of Caesar and Augustus by Dr. Lucia Carbone, Assistant Curator of Roman coins. Another group of twelve students, this time from the Scuola d’Italia ‘Guglielmo Marconi’, visited ANS on November 17. Dr. Peter van Alfen introduced the students to the history of ANS and guided the group through the premises of the Society, while Dr. Carbone presented an overview of the history of Roman coinage. 

2020–2021 Fulbright Announced

U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries and the 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open! The complete list of opportunities available in the region can be found in their Catalog of Awards.

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The First Issue of 2019 has been mailed out!

The first issue of ANS Magazine for 2019 was mailed out at the end of March. It features articles on the notebooks of ANS co-founder Edward Groh (David Hill), the Virgil Brand Collection of Newfoundland Two-Dollar Gold Coins (Harvey B. Richer and Eric M. Krauss), and coinage of medieval Italy (David Yoon), along with news, new acquisitions, an interview with the editor of the Journal of Early American Numismatics, and a look back at the 2019 ANS Gala.