2017 April Enews

Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture


On Monday, May 1, 2017, the ANS will host the Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture, featuring a presentation by Phillip Wagoner, Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Wesleyan University. Prof. Wagoner’s lecture, “The Deccan as an Integrated Currency Zone: New Approaches to the Study of Peninsular Indian Coin Hoards (1347–1687),” will begin at 6:00 pm. Professor Finbarr Barry Flood will serve as his respondent. A pre-lecture reception will begin at 5:30.

Please RSVP to membership@numismatics.org or call (212) 571-4470, ext. 117.

“Signs of Inflation,” Money Talks Lecture


The Society is pleased to offer another lecture in the new series Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations, “Signs of Inflation.” During this event, Dr. Gilles Bransbourg, ANS Associate Curator, will discuss how inflation translates into coinage debasement and banknotes bearing large denominations, from ancient Rome to modern Zimbabwe. Guests will have the opportunity to view and handle pertinent examples from the ANS collection.

Please RSVP for this lecture, which will take place on Saturday, May 6 at the American Numismatic Society headquarters in New York City. Lunch begins at 1:00 pm, followed by the lecture at 2:00 pm, and a Q&A at 3:00 pm. The ANS will remain open from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm.

Membership Renewals

Please renew your membership with the Society today to ensure you receive all the benefits of membership, including the ANS Magazine, free access to our library, consultations with our curators, discounts on publications, a reduced rate to our Money Talks lecture series, and invitations to special events. The Society is offering a special this year: join for two years—2017 and 2018—at the 2017 rate and avoid an increase in 2018 dues! Renew online or contact the Membership Department at (212) 571-4470 ext. 117.

Grant for NEH-Mellon Humanities Open Book Program


ANS Publications received $61,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the joint NEH-Mellon Humanities Open Book Program. This is the second year the ANS has received funding to convert all of its pre-2010 monographs into Open Access ebooks, which also includes linking from the text to other online global resources and authorities for people, places, events, objects, and more. By June 2018, over 200 ANS books with value-added Linked Open Data will be available for the public good, fulfilling the ANS’s mission to “promote and advance the study, research, and appreciation of numismatics.” ANS Director of Publications, Andrew Reinhard, and Director of Data Science, Ethan Gruber, will oversee the project. Learn more in the press release and on the ANS blog, Pocket Change.

AJN Delivery Issue

The American Journal of Numismatics, Volume 28, was mailed to members at the end of February. Unfortunately, some publications were returned to the Society because of illegible mailing labels. Please let us know whether or not you received your copy by contacting membership@numismatics.org or (212) 571-4470 ext. 117. We apologize for any delay and thank you for your response.

Publication Shipping in June

Coins, Artists& Tyrants

Wolfgang R. Fischer-Bossert’s Coins, Artists, and Tyrants: Syracuse in the Time of the Peloponnesian War is at the printer and will ship in June. Containing the first fully translated and revised text of Lauri O. Tudeer’s Die Tetradrachmenprägung von Syrakus in der Periode der signierenden Künstler, a biography of Tudeer, and a completely new evaluation of signed coin dies and the artists who produced them, this book is the single most important source on the subject. Includes plates, a full-color die-link chart, and pull-outs featuring Syracusan tetradrachms and hoards. Member price: $140, non-members: $200 (plus shipping). You can order this publication online.

 Upcoming Events

 Lecture at the American University of Beirut

David Hendin, ANS Trustee and First Vice President will present “Weights, Scales, and Coinage in Ancient Times,” at the American University of Beirut (AUB). The lecture, offered by AUB’s Department of History and Archaeology, will take place on April 25, 2017.

Guided Tour at the Grolier Club


There is still time to visit the exhibit “Images of Value: The Artwork Behind U.S. Security Engraving, 1830s–1980s” which features items from the collection of Mark Tomasko, ANS Trustee and Fellow. Situated in the Ground Floor Gallery of the Grolier Club in New York City, the exhibit runs through April 29, 2017. Mr. Tomasko will lead free public tours on Wednesday, April 19 and April 26, from 1:00–2:00 pm.

 Central States Convention

Dr. Ute Wartenberg, ANS Executive Director, will attend the 78th Anniversary Convention of the Central States Numismatic Society in Schaumburg, IL. More than 40 states will be represented in over 300 booths with educational exhibits, programs and seminars, and Heritage Auctions will conduct two major sales – rare coins and paper money. The event will take place from April 26-29, 2017.

ANS in Kalamazoo

On May 14, ANS Associate Curator David Yoon will present “How Are Economic Resources Transformed into Power,” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The paper will discuss how different systems of funding political structures shape and constrain governing institutions.

“The State Coinages of the Confederation Era, 1785–1788,” Money Talks Lecture

The June Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations will feature ANS Fellow Ray Williams, who will present “The State Coinages of the Confederation Era, 1785–1788.” The coins issued by the authority of Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey will be discussed, along with the economic climate bringing them into existence, the people involved, and the minting operations. How these coins are collected by modern numismatists will be touched upon. Mr. Williams is currently Vice President of the New Jersey Numismatic Society, and past president of the Colonial Coin Collectors Club.

Please RSVP for this lecture, which will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the American Numismatic Society. Lunch begins at 1:00 pm, followed by the lecture at 2:00 pm, and a Q&A at 3:00 pm. The ANS will remain open from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm.

Conference in Cracow

ANS members are welcome to attend “Coinage in Imperial Space. Continuity or Change from the Acheamenid to Hellenistic Kingdoms,” a conference organized by the Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, the National Museum in Cracow and the University of Oxford. The event will take place from June 28 to July 2, 2017 in Cracow, Poland. You can find more information about the event and things to do in Cracow during your stay at www.coinageinimperialspace.org.

“The Art of Photographing Coins,” Money Talks Lecture

On Saturday, July 15, Alan Roche, the Society’s photographer, will present “The Art of Photographing Coins” as part of the Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations series. Mr. Roche will consider the various aspects involved in the production of high-resolution images of coins and banknotes. A hands-on photographic demonstration will be included.

Please RSVP for this lecture, which will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the American Numismatic Society. Lunch begins at 1:00 pm, followed by the lecture at 2:00 pm, and a Q&A at 3:00 pm. The ANS will remain open from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm.

Recent Events

 ANS at Whitman Spring Expo

Dr. Gilles Bransboug, Associate Curator, and Catherine DiTuri, Membership, attended the Whitman Baltimore Spring Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center. Welcoming both new members and old friends, the Society joined many in the numismatic community for the expo, which offered exhibitions, lectures, auctions and an array of dealers. The event took place from March 30 through April 2, 2017.

 ANS at University of Oxford

“A Linked Open World: Alexander the Great, Transnational Heritage and the Semantic Web” was the topic of a two-day conference at the University of Oxford, where Dr. Peter van Alfen, ANS Margaret Thompson Curator, presented “The Destruction and Recreation of Monetary Zones in the Wake of Alexander’s Conquests.” Ethan Gruber, ANS Director of Digital Science, also attended and presented “ANS Digital Projects: A Comprehensive Platform for the Study of Numismatics.” The event occurred in early April at New College, Oxford.

ANS at Chicago Coin Expo


Dr. Ute Wartenberg, ANS Executive Director, attended the Chicago Coin Expo where she greeted members and friends and presented “Early Portraits of Alexander the Great. The Numismatic Evidence.” ANS Fellow, Professor Robert Wallace, also spoke on “The Massive Archaic Silver Coinages of those Mysterious Thracians.” The event, organized by the History in Your Hands Foundation, was held in the Chicago Cultural Center from April 5–9.

The Art of Devastation Exhibition

“The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War,” a joint project between the ANS and the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, showcased over 115 medals and 14 posters on World War I. The exhibition ran through April 9, 2017 at the Loeb Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. A full-color catalogue with essays published jointly by the ANS and the Loeb Art Center is still available for purchase.

 Showcase at ISAW

Dr. Peter van Alfen participated in the Digital Antiquity Research Showcase at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. His presentation, “Assembling Numismatic Data Online: Concepts, Collections, Hoards, and Statistics,” was part of the program for the Linked Ancient World Data Initiative New York (LAWDNY), that occurred on April 14, 2017.

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