July 2020 eNews

Upcoming Events and Announcements


Thank you!
Thanks to your extraordinary contributions, we are pleased to report that this year’s mid-year appeal was a wonderful success, surpassing the 2019 appeal with a 75% increase in individual donors. Your support is so very valuable to the ANS and its staff, and we are deeply indebted to you for your unwavering dedication and your generosity.


August 22 Money Talks | “The Significance of Diana on the Coinage of Nerva: Finding the Founder of a Temple to Diana in Nerva’s Rome”
Join ANS Fellow Nathan Elkins for a Money Talks on the Significance of Diana on the Coinage of Nerva. The identity of the founder of the Temple of Diana Planciana in Rome has been a subject of ongoing speculation for centuries. It is generally assumed to have been built in the late Republic or early in the reign of Augustus. Nerva styled himself as an inheritor of the Augustan legacy and as espousing republican values, which would have allowed senatorial initiative in the construction of a temple. Elkins will discuss candidates for the temple’s founder and how only numismatic evidence may be able to reveal the answers and explain unusual interest in Diana on the coinage of Nerva. More…


Richard Shaefer Binders Uploaded to Archer
In early 2019 the ANS partnered with Dick Schaefer in the Roman Republican Die Project—aiming to make publicly available what is likely to be the largest die study ever undertaken. The binders, the largest part of Schaefer’s archive, are now publicly available online in the ANS Archives . We aim to have all further images accessible by the end of the summer. More…


August 1 Money Talks “From Acorn to Sapling: The American Numismatic Society before Huntington”
The ANS’s symbol is the mighty oak grown from a tiny acorn. But the tree didn’t become fully rooted until after 1905, when Archer Huntington—who gave the Society a building, a professional staff, and a firm commitment to scholarly publishing—became president. We will look at the Society during its pre-Huntington, “sapling” years, taking into consideration its members as well as other nineteenth-century numismatic groups. More…


The Planchet
Ep. 5, An Interview with Numismatic Visual Artist Jenna Lash
The fifth episode of The Planchet features an interview with guest Jenna Lash who discusses her numismatic paintings, how she selects her monetary subjects and themes, and what it’s like to be a visual artist in the time of COVID-19. Listen & Subscribe


Jesse Kraft to Give Talk for the ANA
ANS Curator of the Americas Jesse Kraft will give a presentation entitled “Before the Coinage Act of 1857: How Americans Spent Foreign Money,” for the American Numismatic Association on August 17, 2020 at 4pm EDT. This talk with examine the various skills that 18th and 19th-century Americans needed in order to successfully navigate day-to-day commerce. Attendance is open for all. Click here for meeting details


Announcing Antigonid Coinage Online
As part of this broader push to re-evaluate Antigonid coinage, we are pleased to announce the launch of Antigonid Coinage Online (AGCO). As part of the National Endowment of the Humanities funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project, AGCO is a new research tool that will provide wide access to the coins listed in various print typologies of the coinages produced by the Antigonid dynasts who ruled Macedonia from 306 to 168 BC. More…


The Tiflis Dirhams of Möngke Khān
is Now Available
The dirhams of Möngke Khān represent the first major emission of silver coinage in Georgia following the Mongol conquest roughly a generation previously. Struck in the Georgian capital city of Tiflis (modern Tbilisi) from the middle of AH 652 to perhaps as late as the first month of AH 660 (AD 1254–1261), these coins circulated widely throughout the South Caucasus and adjacent areas. The first in-depth monograph on this popular and historically important coin series, this book will be a valuable resource for both scholars and collectors interested in Georgian, Mongol, and Islamic numismatics. Purchase in North America or Purchase in UK/EU/ROW. More…


July in Review

Screen Shot 2020-07-31 at 5.55.43 PM
“An Introduction to the State Coinages of the Confederation, 1785–1788”
Ray Williams spoke on the State coinages of the Confederation. Under the Articles of Confederation, the rights of the individual states to coin money was recognized. When the Constitution was ratified, it took away the states’ rights to produce their own coinage. Watch Williams present an overview of the legislation, mints, people involved, and the coins themselves.

5b9acda4adcfa42905cba762_screen_shot_2018-05-29_at_11.33.58_am copy
Nathan Elkins named Director of the Allbritton Art Institute
ANS Fellow and Editor of the American Journal of Numismatics Dr. Nathan Elkins has been named Director of the Allbritton Art Institute at Baylor University. The Allbritton Art Institute focuses on the art of the 19th and 20th century, and offers students of art history fully-funded trips abroad while at the same time bringing world-renowned artists to Baylor. More…

July Long Table Discussions
July Long Tables were “Meet the Moonlight Mint: A Q&A with Coiner Daniel Carr;” “Exploring the New Monogram Tools of Hellenistic Royal Coinages” with Chief Curator Peter van Alfen and Director of Data Science Ethan Gruber; “Vault Favorites with Dr. Jesse Kraft,” ANS Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas; and “Discovering the Coinage of the Nabataeans” with member Prof. Eby Friedman. See Long Table Archive.