June 2022 eNews

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Money Talks: The Archaeology of Ptolemaic and Early Roman Coinage in Egypt

Join us in person or virtually on Friday, June 17, 2022 for this month’s Money Talks with Dr. Thomas Faucher, Researcher at the Centre d’études Alexandrines (CEAlex), on the archaeology of Ptolemaic and early Roman coinage in Egypt. Dr. Faucher will present the material resulting from archaeological excavations—mostly copper alloy coins—and examine the evolution of coinage and its integration into the economy of the countryside during the Ptolemaic and early Roman periods. More

This event will be held in-person and virtually. A link will be sent to all active members on the morning of the talk. Register to attend in person.

The ANS at the ANA Summer Seminar

Curators Dr. Lucia Carbone and Dr. Jesse Kraft will be instructors for two courses at the American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar June 26-29 in Colorado Springs, CO. Dr. Kraft will teach the course “U.S. Colonial Coins and Currency: A History,” and Dr. Carbone will lead a course on Roman Provincial coins. More

The ANS Honors Dr. Sophia D. Kremydi with the Huntington Award

The ANS is pleased to announce that the 2021 Archer Milton Huntington Medal Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in numismatic scholarship, will be awarded to Dr. Sophia D. Kremydi at a ceremony in Athens, Greece on June 15, 2022. ANS President Dr. Ute Wartenberg will present the Huntington Medal. The ceremony, followed by the Silvia Mani Hurter Memorial Lecture, will be live-streamed for members of the ANS and the public. Virtual meeting details will be sent in advance of the event. More

Conference on The New Sciences of Ancient Economy

On June 10, Executive Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg and Andrew M. Burnett Assistant Curator of Roman Numismatics Dr. Lucia Carbone will participate in the conference The New Sciences of Ancient Economy, organized by the University of Chicago in honor of Professor Alain Bresson. Dr. Carbone, together with ANS Fellow Professor Liv Yarrow and Dr. Caroline Carrier, will speak on how the First Mithridatic War was funded. Dr. Bransbourg will study the links between Roman taxation and the production of new coins. More

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The ANS Summer Seminar Returns

The Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics will begin courses on June 6, after having been on hold since 2019. The foremost seminar in numismatics methods, theory, and data science, the ANS Summer Seminar has been held every year since 1952 with the exceptions of 1973, when the ANS was co-sponsoring the International Numismatic Congress; 2000 and 2008, when the Society’s efforts were focused on relocating headquarters; and our recent two-year hiatus. Dr. Jérôme Jambu, Lecturer at the Université de Lille, was the recipient of the 2020 Eric P. Newman Research Fellowship, and will be joining us as the 2022 Visiting Scholar.

Jesse Kraft receives a 2022 EPNNES Newman Grant

The Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES) announced Dr. Jesse Kraft, ANS Assistant Curator of American Numismatics, as one of the six winners of the 2022 Newman Grants—created to financially assist those pursuing original research in American numismatics. He will travel to Europe to study archival resources related to the engraver Elias Gervais and his possible involvement with the Continental Dollar. ANS Fellows George Cuhaj and David Fanning are also among the winners. More

New Update to CRRO

The American Numismatic Society released an updated version of the database Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (CRRO). Users can now search CRRO using symbols and portraits along with other options, thus improving it as a tool for Roman Republican coinage identification.

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Ute Wartenberg Attends the INC Annual Meeting

ANS President Dr. Ute Wartenberg is attending the Annual Meeting of the Committee of the International Numismatic Council (INC) from June 1–3. The main agenda will be coordinating for the upcoming International Numismatic Congress, which will be held in Warsaw from September 11–16. The Congress takes place every six years and brings together numismatists from across the globe. The ANS curatorial staff, as well as many members, will be in attendance this year.

ANS Fellow Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced its newly elected members in May, which includes ANS Fellow Professor Jamsheed K. Choksy. Professor Choksy is the foremost interpreter of the Zoroastrian religion, its communities and how Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism interacted to reshape politics and societies in Iran, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. More

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The ANS Welcomes Jessica Schellig

This May, Jessica Schellig has joined the ANS as a student intern. An MA student at WWU Münster in Germany, she is working on a thesis on the coinage of the Armenian Artaxiad dynasty. At the ANS, she will support the OXUS-INDUS project under the direction of Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen, which aims to digitize and collate data related to the coinages of Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek kingdoms of Central and South Asia.

The ANS Welcomes Antonello Mastronardi  

The ANS also welcomes Antonello Mastronardi as an intern for the summer from the University of Michigan, where he is pursuing a PhD in Classical Studies and a degree in Museum Studies. Under the supervision of Dr. Lucia Carbone, he is updating the ANS collection database records of silver and bronze coinage from the Province of Asia and researching the monetary issues that funded the Roman military efforts during the Mithridatic Wars.

Upcoming Long Tables

ANS Member Mike Markowitz will discuss coins of the Crusades; Cairo University Ph.D. student Almoatz-bellah Elshahawi will speak on ancient coins conservation practices; Bill Dalzell of Classical Numismatic Group, LLC will present on the Belleville Mint; and Dr. Benjamin Hellings, Jackson-Tomasko Associate Curator of Numismatics at the Yale University Art Gallery, will give us a tour of the Yale numismatic collection and their new galleries.

May in Review

Money Talks: Negative Muon Analysis of Roman Gold from the “Year of the Four Emperors’’

On May 26, Dr. George Green, Early Career Fellow at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, spoke on a new non-destructive technique—muonic X-ray emission spectroscopy—being used in a recent study on Roman gold coins from the AD 68/9 Civil Wars, the so called “Year of the Four Emperors.” He discussed the applications of negative muons to the cultural heritage sector and what his team has learned about Roman gold coinage.

Lucia Carbone Delivers Two Lectures

On May 9, Dr. Lucia Carbone delivered a virtual talk at the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, titled “(Not So) Hidden Power. The Impact of Roman Conquest on the Monetary System of the Province of Asia,” which explained the changes brought by Roman dominion on Asian silver and bronze monetary systems over the course of the first century BCE. On May 27, she delivered “Coinage and Literature, Two Complementary Approaches to the Transformative Aftermath of the First Punic War” for the Spring meeting of the New York Classical Club.

May Long Tables

ANS Director of Data Science Ethan Gruber gave an introduction to nomisma.org, the engine behind our collaborative online resources; ANS Fellow Richard Beleson presented coins relating to the Colosseum; Ben Lee Damsky (pictured) took a close look at identifying a figure on a mysterious medallion of Antoninus Pius; and ANS Fellow Len Augsburger and Kim Dumas, showcased digitized ANS archival material newly-available through the Newman Numismatic Portal. Watch on YouTube.