2017 February Enews

Money Talks Lecture, “The Beginnings of Islamic Coinage”


The Society is pleased to offer another lecture in the new series Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations, “The Beginnings of Islamic Coinage.” This lecture discusses the beginnings of Islamic coinage in the seventh century and its vast trajectories within the Arab lands and beyond. It begins with an in-depth survey of its Byzantine and Sasanian precedents and provides a basic outline of “Arab-Sasanian” and “Arab-Byzantine” types. Attendees will also learn about the styles of Arabic calligraphy that were used on early Islamic coins and be able to view and handle fine examples of the ANS’s Islamic holdings with Assistant Curator, Vivek Gupta. The lecture will take place on Saturday, March 11 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.

ANS member price: $20, non-members: $50. RSVP for this event by contacting the membership department or at 212-571-4470 ext. 117. The ANS will remain open from noon until 4:00 pm so you have the opportunity to view items in our collections or library. Please call to schedule an appointment.

New Book at Press


A long-awaited book is now at the printer and will ship in June: Coins, Artists, and Tyrants: Syracuse in the Time of the Peloponnesian War by Wolfgang R. Fischer-Bossert contains the first fully translated and revised text of Lauri O. Tudeer, Die Tetradrachmenprägung von Syrakus in der Periode der signierenden Künstler, as well as a biography of Tudeer, plus a completely new evaluation of signed coin dies and the artists who produced them. Over 100 years after its first publication, Fischer-Bossert completely updates the scholarship and bibliography on signed Syracusan tetradrachms, making this book the single most important source on the subject. The book includes plates, a full-color die-link chart, and pull-outs featuring Syracusan tetradrachms and hoards.

Pre-order for $120 (plus shipping) during the month of March at https://numismatics.org/store/tudeer/ or by calling Catherine DiTuri at 212-571-4470 ext. 117.

ANS Magazine


The ANS Magazine 2017, issue 1, is at the printer and will mail in March. This issue features articles on the economics of gold and the markets for contemporary gold and silver coinage, George Kunz and the redesign of United States coinage, and the story of the 1989 theft and recovery of nearly $1M of coins from the ANS’s collection. The column on new acquisitions includes a one dollar note hand-signed by Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States, several U.S., German, French, and British medals, and an original box of toy money produced by Parker Brothers. Photographs from the ANS’s 2017 Annual Gala are also included in the issue.

Membership Renewals

Renew your membership today and stay up to date with the important happenings at the Society. Benefits include the quarterly ANS Magazine, invitations to events, a discount on our new lecture series Money Talks and a 30% discount on ANS publications. As a special incentive, you can renew your membership 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.

Update on The Art of Devastation

Vassar’s Library Café interviewed Peter van Alfen and Patricia Phagan on The Art of Devastation exhibit on WWI medals and posters (which runs through April 9 at the Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College – read more in the “Upcoming Events”). Listen to the interview and purchase the companion publication that includes six chapters focusing on Great War art and propaganda by experts in medallic and graphic arts of the early 20th century, followed by a complete, full-color catalog. Hard cover, 356 pages. ANS Member price: $70, non-member price $100.

Upcoming Events

Workshop Presentation – 4th Century Roman Reform

Dr. Gilles Bransbourg will present “Inflation, Orthodox and Not-So Orthodox Coinage Reforms in the 4th Century” on Roman coinage during the workshop, “Debasement. Manipulation of Coin Standards in Pre-Modern Monetary Systems.” The lecture, held at the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom, March 24-25, is part of their seminars and conferences.

ANS at Whitman Spring Expo

The Society will be present during the Whitman Baltimore Spring Expo, joining many in the numismatic community for the event, which offers exhibitions, lectures, auctions and an array of dealers. Please be sure to stop by our table to renew your membership, review publications and say hello. The Expo occurs at the Baltimore Convention Center from March 30 through April 2.

ANS at Chicago Coin Expo

The ANS will attend the Chicago Coin Expo 2017, where guests can meet with coin experts and dealers from around the world as well as attend auctions and lectures. The Expo will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center from April 5-8, 2017.

The Art of Devastation Exhibition

Over 115 medals and 14 posters are on display in the 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. Running through April 9, 2017 at the Loeb Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, the exhibit is open to the public and is accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essays published jointly by the ANS and the Loeb Art Center. Learn more about this exhibit.


Recent Events

“The Origins of Money,” Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations

As part of the new Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations series, Dr. Peter van Alfen, Dr. Gilles Bransbourg and Dr. Ute Wartenberg introduced “The Origins of Money” to an enthusiastic and attentive audience. Addressing the beginnings of money and its various guises, guests were able to handle various objects from the ANS collection pertaining to the subject. The event took place on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the American Numismatic Society headquarters.

 Lecture in Israel

David Hendin, ANS Trustee, First Vice President, Life Fellow, Augustus B. Sage Society member and adjunct curator presented “Enduring Mysteries of Ancient Judean Coins” at the Eretz-Israel Museum, Kadman Numismatic Pavilion, in Tel-Aviv, Israel on February 13, 2017. Learn more at www.eretzmuseum.org.il/e/ and at http://www.eretzmuseum.org.il/e/116

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