May 2020 eNews

Upcoming Events and Announcements


The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the launch of, a new web-based, linked open data tool for research in ancient Greek numismatics and ancient economies. This is the latest edition to the NEH-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project. More…


The 2020 Mid-Year Appeal is on!
All of us at the ANS are profoundly appreciative of your steadfast dedication to this wonderful institution, and never more so than in the strange spring of 2020. Although the entire ANS staff has been working remotely since the middle of March, we are actually busier than ever. Much of our collaborative effort has been going toward making our collections and programs available to our members and the public at large. Support the ANS today.

Money Talks
| “Stories and Conversations as Recorded by Seleucid Coins”
Join ANS Adjunct Curator, Oliver D. Hoover for a virtual Money Talks. Among its many wonders, the ANS cabinet houses the largest collection of Seleucid coins in the world. From the perspective of talking money, these coins should be counted among real chatterboxes. Whether it is about their royal issuers, the cities in which they were produced, or even each other, there is always something to say. More…

The Planchet
, Ep. 3
White Gold: Studies in Early Electrum Coinage
The third episode of The Planchet features guests Dr. Peter van Alfen, Chief Curator for the ANS, and Dr. Ute Wartenberg, Research Curator for the ANS (not to mention its previous Executive Director for 20 years), as they talk about early electrum coinage, archaeology, and a brief history of money. Listen and Subscribe.

Money Talks
| “What’s New at Newman Portal?
On June 27, ANS Fellow and NNP Project Coordinator Len Augsburger will present this virtual Money Talks. The Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) is an online numismatic library that holds over 40,000 items. This presentation will provide an overview of the collection and, in particular, discuss activities at the ANS library. More…

Long Table
Last month, the ANS introduced its new Long Table series. With a short introduction followed by an informal Q&A period, these sessions virtually bring together staff and members to discuss different interests each week. Past topics have included slabbing coins, MACO, royal collections, online research databases, with more to come! Next week on Friday, June 5, our Executive Director Dr. Gilles Bransbourg will discuss inflation and how it affects numismatic objects and our concepts of money, value, and wealth. Keep an eye out for weekly email invitations. See past Long Tablesessions.

More than 1,000 monograms were added to PELLA
More than 1,000 Hellenistic monograms have been incorporated into PELLA. The link between monograms, types, specimens, and coin hoards now makes it possible to visualize their geographic distribution. For example, Monogram 1331 in Martin Price’s monograph, Coinage in the Name of Alexander the Great and Philip Arrhidaeus (the basis for the PELLA typology), appears on two types minted in Marathus which have also been found in two coin hoards in Anatolia. The Public Domain monogram graphics have been integrated into various user interfaces in PELLA, for example in the browse page and coin type pages, e.g., Price P164. More…

Listen to David Hill on NBS Bibliotalk
NBS Bibliotalk, podcast of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, interviewed our Librarian and Archivist David Hill on their latest episode. He spoke to host, Lianna Spurrier, about the ANS library and archival holdings, some of our online endeavors, and how COVID-19 has impacted the ANS. Listen here.

PhD thesis position at the IRAMAT-CRP2A – University Bordeaux-Montaigne
A PhD thesis position is available as part of the STRIKING COINS project on the topic ofMinting Techniques of Graeco-Roman Copper Alloy Coinages: From Microstructure to Experimental Archaeology. Applications should be sent to along with a CV, a cover letter and a recommendation letter, before June 6, 2020. Funding should be available. More…

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The INC International Congress Postponed to 2022
The International Numismatic Council(INC) and the Congress Organizing Committee has announced that it will postpone its international congress to 2022. The venue will remain Warsaw, Poland. The new dates are September 11–16, 2022. All conference deadlines for proposals and registration will be pushed back by 12 months. More…


May in Review

Currency with Consequences: Circulating Counterfeits in the United States”

On May 16, Dr. Jesse Kraft gave a virtual Money Talks on more than 350 years of circulating counterfeits in the US. Illicitly creating the likeness of a genuine piece is one thing, successfully spending it is another. Similarly, recognizing a counterfeit is the first step on the path to finding the culprit. You can now watch it on the ANS YouTube Channel.


Dr. Lucia Carbone Presents at the virtual CAMWS meeting
On May 26 Assistant Curator for Roman Coins Dr. Lucia Carbone presented at the virtual Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) meeting. She presented Coinage and Literature: Two Complementary Approaches to Roman Civilization as part of a panel called Numismatics and Narratives: How a Classicist Can Read Coins which aims to bridge the divide between literary texts and numismatic evidence in the study of the Classical World, demonstrating the ways in which Classicists can integrate numismatic evidence into their scholarship.


Engraved Gems and Propaganda in the Roman Republic and under Augustus
Paweł Gołyźniak, who gave the last in-person lecture at the ANS in March—Ancient Gems and their Connection to Coins, has recently published his PhD dissertation with Archaeopress from Oxford: Engraved Gems and Propaganda in the Roman Republic and under Augustus. The book focuses on engraved gems and how the images displayed on these objects offer snapshots of people’s beliefs, ideologies, and everyday occupations and cast a light on the self-advertising and propagandistic actions performed by Roman political leaders, especially Octavian/Augustus. Buy it here.


Dr. Carbone speaks with Bluhms Scholars of the Hunter College
We may not be able to welcome school groups to the ANS, but we can bring the ANS to them! On May 9 Dr. Lucia Carbone remotely presented an overview on the history of Roman coinage to the Bluhms Scholars of the Hunter College.


ANS Publishing
ANS Publications Update
The first JEAN of 2020 and the spring issue of ANS Magazine are both at the printer and will be shipped out to members and subscribers as soon as possible.

White Gold: Studies in Early Electrum Coinage and Old Regime France and its Jetons are now in stock and ready for purchase.