February 2023 eNews

Upcoming Events and Announcements

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Announcing the ANS Chairman’s Fellowships for Numismatic Research

The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Chairman’s Fellowships for Numismatic Research. Beginning in 2023, the ANS will award a limited number of fellowships each year, worth between $1,500 and $2,500 each, to qualified graduate students or scholars pursuing serious numismatic research projects that are expected to result in academic publication. More…

Bransbourg at the American Academy in Rome

Gilles Bransbourg, ANS Executive Director and specialist in the study of the ancient Roman economy, will spend the month of February in residence at the American Academy in Rome as a Visiting Scholar. The American Academy in Rome is a major international center for independent studies and advanced research in the fine arts and humanities, particularly in ancient studies. There, Bransbourg will focus on his book project, The Economic Policy of the Roman Empire.

New Book! Numismatic Antiquarianism through Correspondence (16th–18th c.)

Edited by François de Callataÿ, Numismatic Antiquarianism through Correspondence (16th–18th c.)presents 14 articles collected from the 2017 meeting on numismatic antiquarianism held in Rome. Authors include ANS Trustee Andrew Burnett on “Queen Elizabeth and the Twelve Caesars” and ANS President Ute Wartenberg and Trustee Jonathan Kagan on “Recording Coin Finds and Hoards in Early Modern England.” Purchase…

Apply for the 2023 ANS Summer Seminar 

The Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics is an eight-week course, taught by ANS staff and guest lecturers, that introduces graduate students and junior faculty to the methods, theories, and history of numismatics. In addition to the lecture program, participants select a numismatic research topic and complete a paper while in residence, using ANS resources. We are now accepting applications for the 67th annual seminar. Apply…

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Hendin offers American Numismatic Association Webinar

On February 15, Vice President and Honorary Curator David Hendin will present an ANA eLearning Webinar on the Judaean and Biblical coins. This introduction to the topic highlights coins of the Second Temple Period through the Bar Kokhba Revolt, focusing on Judaean coins from both early Judaism and the beginning of Christianity. Register…

Carbone to Speak at Conference in Rome

ANS Associate Curator Lucia Carbone will present at the Money in Mid Republican Rome conference, hosted by the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. She will present “Opus aliquod Daedali. An Integrated Analysis of Literary and Monetary Production in Italy in the First Half of the Third Century BCE.” More…

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2024 AIA/SCS Call for Papers  

Two numismatic conference sessions will be hosted at the 2024 AIA/SCS meeting in Chicago, IL and calls for papers are now open. For “Ancient Coins and Sculpture,” organized by the Numismatics Interest Group of the AIA, send abstracts for a 15-20 minute paper to Martin Beckmann (beckmam@mcmaster.ca) by February 12, 2023. All presenters must be AIA members in good standing at the time of the meeting. The session “Coins, Copies, and Prototypes” is organized by the Friends of Numismatics of the SCS. Send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Roberta Stewart (Dartmouth College) at roberta.stewart@dartmouth.edu by February 28, 2023. 

Reinhard published in Advances in Archaeological Practice 

Director of Publications Andrew Reinhard and Sara Zaia, a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, published “Photogrammetry and GIS in Human-Occupied Digital Landscapes.” In their article, they argue that archaeological methods can be utilized in digital environments to provide insight into human behavior. It is crucial to develop a mapping methodology to study digital communities, and the data obtained through these methods can inform anthropological and archaeological research regarding human behavior in physical spaces. Read…

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New Episode of The Planchet

Ventris Gibson is the 40th Director of the U.S. Mint, the first African-American to serve as Director, and is the 7th woman to serve in this position. On the podcast, she and Andrew Reinhard discuss the responsibilities of the U.S. Mint Director, review the ongoing American Women Quarters program, and give us a glimpse into what is being planned for the United States’ 250th birthday. Listen and Subscribe.

February Long Tables

February Long Table lectures will be hosted from around the world! Speakers include Liesbeth Claes, (Leiden University, The Netherlands); Nanouschka Myrberg Burström (Stockholm University, Sweden); Kyrylo Myzgin (University of Warsaw, Poland) and Arkadiusz Dymowski (University of Warsaw, Poland); and Robert Kool (Israel Antiquities Authority, Israel).

January in Review

ANS Gala honoring Heritage Auctions

On Thursday, January 12 the ANS held the 2023 ANS Gala Dinner in honor of Heritage Auctions. The cocktail hour was followed by dinner and the program—when ANS President Ute Wartenberg presented the Trustees’ Award to representatives from Heritage, Mark Anderson gave the 2022 Burnett Anderson Award to David Hendin, and Chief Curator Peter van Alfen offered a touching tribute to recently-retired Collections Manager Elena Stolyarik.

ANS Reception at the 2023 AIA/SCS in New Orleans

In early January, the ANS was represented at the joint Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) in New Orleans, LA, by ANS President and Research Curator Ute Wartenberg, Deputy Director Nathan T. Elkins, and Director of Publications Andrew Reinhard. The ANS also sponsored a reception on the evening of Friday, January 6, where Dr. Wartenberg delivered brief remarks.

Hendin Collection Auctioned to Benefit the ANS

The ANS offered at auction an important group of 335 ancient coins and scale weights from the David Hendin Collection. These materials were auctioned by Classical Numismatic Group in the their Keystone Auction 9. Lots also included eight coins from the collection of ANS Chairman Michael Beall, which were previously purchased from the Hendin Collection. The proceeds will go toward the cost of the eventual relocation of the Society from its current New York City headquarters. We thank David Hendin, Michael Beall, and CNG for making this auction possible, as well as the many members and friends of the ANS who participated.

Kraft speaks to Bennington Museum

ANS Assistant Curator Jesse Kraft traced the history of the rare and desirous Vermont copper coinage of the 1780s for the Bennington Museum’s 2023 Winter Virtual Series. His talk covered their production and circulation, and placed them within the larger context of pre-Federal money in the United States. From official production to spurious counterfeits, this presentation helped clarify the hardships of monetary circulation in early Vermont. Watch…

ANS at the NYINC

The ANS sent representatives to the annual New York International Numismatic Convention at the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel in January. As the international numismatic community gathered in our corner of the world, curators and staff were able to catch up with old friends and welcome new members.

January Long Tables

ANS Fellow Donald Scarinci outlined the development of the contemporary art medal. 2022 Summer Seminar student Jonah Estess spoke on paper money issued by private banks—and the problems they created. Chief Curator Peter van Alfen told the story of Richard Norton’s Ill-fated Excavations at Cyrene and his Coins at the ANS. Watch now on YouTube.