2017 September eNews


October Money Talks

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Money Talks: The Future of Digitization, will be held on October 21. Numismatics remains uniquely placed for contributing to the digital future of the humanities. Join Leonard Augsburger of the Newman Numismatic Portal,  with Dr. Wartenberg, Director of ANS publications Andrew Reinhard, and ANS Librarian David Hill for an extended look at digitization, linked open data, and open access of which the ANS has a global leadership role. Partnerships with the Newman Numismatic Portal, the Internet Archive, HathiTrust, the Google Cultural Institute, and other organizations continue to push the digital envelope, allowing the sharing of high-quality data and images to fellow numismatists, historians, economists, archaeologists, collectors as well as the interested public. See these latest advances in technology first-hand, and get a glimpse into the future of digitization of coins, catalogues, and content at the ANS and beyond. After the success of our September talk, we are extending the number of attendees to 30! Please RSVP to reserve your spot today. This is an all day event—11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, lunch will be served. The entry fee for members is $50 and $85 for nonmembers.

 The 2017 Huntington Award Will Be Presented to Dr. Roger Bland


On October 20Roger Bland will receive the 2017 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Numismatic community. He will also present the 2017 Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture, How Coin Finds Are Changing the Face of Roman Britain: The Contribution of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.  Dr. Bland says, “After surveying the study of Roman coin finds in Britain from the sixteenth century to the present day, I will show how our understanding of these finds has been transformed in the last 40 years by the explosion in new finds brought to light through metal detecting. I will discuss how the 1996 Treasure Act and the Portable Antiquities Scheme have enabled us to record these finds and will finish by presenting some of the results of a research project to study hoards of Iron Age and Roman coins from Britain.”

The 160th ANS Annual Meeting


The Society’s 160th Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 28 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. The Society will unveil new donor plaques in recognition of outstanding support of the ANS.  A YouTube video of the presentation will be made available for those unable to attend the meeting.

The ANS will Attend the U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association Convention


Dr. Ute Wartenberg and the new Membership Assistant, Emma Pratte, will be attending the 6th annual U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association convention on October 12-14 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Stop by the ANS table to chat about coins, look over some books, and check out a selection of coins!

Dr. Gilles Bransbourg will speak at the University of Normandy, France

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ANS Associate Curator Gilles Bransbourg will speak on October 12 at the University of Normandy, France, as part of a conference dealing with the monetary use of silver coinage in the late Roman West before and after the fall of the Empire. His talk will focus on the potential choices of monetary standards open to the late Roman authorities —gold, bimetallic or trimetallic —and the reasons that led to the promotion of gold as the sole standard of value.

September in Review

September Money Talks is a success

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On September 16, the ANS hosted Counterfeits: The Threat to Collecting and Scholarship as the first Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations of the fall season. ANS Executive Director, Dr. Ute Wartenberg together with curator emeritus Robert Hoge and adjunct curator and ANS Trustee David Hendin spoke with a group of over 30 people. Personal collections and dubious pieces were brought and shared, as well as pieces from the ANS collection. Over the course of the day, three anomalies were discovered in the ANS coins—one piece that was thought to be fake turned out to real while another coin that was thought to genuine was found to be fake! The third was a curious Ides of March coin that turned out to be a fourrée—an ancient counterfeit made by plating copper with silver. Potentially made contemporarily with the legitimate Ides of March coins, this piece is just as rare as its real counterparts.

Dr. Wartenberg gives a lecture in Connecticut


On September 28 Dr. Wartenberg gave a lecture to the Darien Men’s Association in Darien, Connecticut. She presented a fascinating account of arguably the most valuable coin in the world–the 1933 $20 gold Double Eagle, which last sold in 2002 at a Sotheby’s auction for $7.6 million. It is a tale of alleged smuggling, King Farouk of Egypt, shady coin dealers, government agents conducting a “sting operation” and, of course, a few lawyers.

The Arch of Titus Opens at Yeshiva University Museum


On September 13 The Arch of Titus—from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back opened at the Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History in New York. This exhibition explores the Arch of Titus in Rome through its original and evolving cultural contexts. For this show the ANS selected a group of 33 extremely valuable coins. These include coins minted by Jewish rebels during the early years of the First Jewish Revolt against Rome. Other ANS coins in the exhibit were minted in Rome and Lugdunum in the years following the Roman sack of the Jerusalem Temple and feature a range of key allegorical and historical images, including “Judaea Capta” and the Flavian victory.

Dr. Nathan Elkins is the new AJN Ancient Editor

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American Journal of Numismatics Vol. 29 is currently in production. Beginning in 2018, ANS Fellow Dr. Nathan Elkins (Baylor University) will take over the editing responsibilities from Dr. Wartenberg for all articles set in the ancient Mediterranean world.

The Sage Society Trip to Spain

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Early this month, members of the Augustus B. Sage Society traveled to Spain where they visited Madrid, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona. Led by ANS Trustee and Fellow Mary Lannin, the group visited numerous historic sites, had private tours of museums, and enjoyed some of the wonderful food and culture that Spain has to offer.

Au Revoir Vivek


In September we bid farewell to Vivek Gupta. He was appointed to a one-year position as Assistant Curator/Fellow for Islamic and South Asian Coins in June 2016. During his time here at the ANS, Mr. Gupta worked on digitizing the Islamic and South Asia coinages. He is now off to London to complete his PhD at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

Ethan Gruber gives a Talk at NEH-Mellon Meeting

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On September 22, the ANS’s Director of Data Sciences Ethan Gruber, attended the NEH-Mellon Open Humanities Book Program managers meeting at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. He presented a short lightning round talk entitled ANS Ebooks and Linked Open Data: Gateway to the Future of Academic Publishing, when he discussed our project to digitize our backlist of monographs and link passages to other ANS resources such as MANTIS, the Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards (IGCH), and Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE).


Membership Renewals

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Have you renewed your membership this year? It is not too late! If you aren’t sure, please contact Emma Pratte, the Society’s new Membership Assistant, and she can assist you. You can renew today for this year and 2018, at this year’s prices. You will receive two years of all the member benefits at the 2017 rate, 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. Renew online or contact the Membership Department at (212) 571-4470 ext. 117.

Thank You


With September 30 comes the end of our fiscal year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and donors who supported the Society throughout the year. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. 

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