Money Talks

Payment, Profit, or Prestige? The Political Economy of Achaemenid Coin...
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Payment, Profit, or Prestige? The Political Economy of Achaemenid Coin Production, ca. 550–330 BCE

ANS Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen considers the various reasons that modern commentators suggest for the production of ancient coinage in general and Achaemenid royal coinage in particular. Drawing upon theoretical approaches in the fields of economics and political science, he proposes a framework for understanding the rationalities that lay behind ancient coin production beyond just state payments, especially those made for military purposes.

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Language and monetary circulation in the early United States
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Language and monetary circulation in the early United States

This study seeks to understand better the methods by which money circulated in the colonial and early Federal periods of…

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Paying Attention: Images of Monuments on Roman Imperial Coins with...
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Paying Attention: Images of Monuments on Roman Imperial Coins with Prof. Francesco de Angelis

Representations of architecture on Roman coins have long been studied by scholars interested in retrieving information about ancient monuments,…

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The Four Patriarchal Basilicas of Rome Through Their Medals
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The Four Patriarchal Basilicas of Rome Through Their Medals

Director of the Numismatic Department of the Vatican Library, Dr. Eleonora Giampiccolo, speaks on papal medals—discussing why and how…

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Mithridatic Wars and Bronze Coinage in the Roman Province of...
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Mithridatic Wars and Bronze Coinage in the Roman Province of Asia—Lucia Carbone

Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Dr. Lucia Carbone explores the progressive standardization of various civic bronze denominational systems in…

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Observing Coins to Learn about Greek Coin Production
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Observing Coins to Learn about Greek Coin Production

Dr. Caroline Carrier (École normale supérieure de Lyon, caroline.carrier@ens-lyon.fr), Jérémy Artru (Orléans University, jeremy.artru@univ-orleans.fr) and Dr. Thomas Faucher (Centre…

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We’re on the Money: Bringing New Collectors to Numismatics Through...
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We’re on the Money: Bringing New Collectors to Numismatics Through the Black Money Exhibit

Join Associate Professor at Georgia State University Dr. Harcourt Fuller as he delves into the currencies from more than…

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An Introduction to the State Coinages of the Confederation, 1785...
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An Introduction to the State Coinages of the Confederation, 1785 - 1788—Ray Williams

Ray Williams discusses topics around state issued copper coins in pre-revolutionary America. Including why they were needed in the…

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Writing History from the Roman Republican Coin Series
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Writing History from the Roman Republican Coin Series

Prof. Liv Mariah Yarrow’s new book The Republic to 49 BCE: Using Coins as Sources (Cambridge University Press 2021)…

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Money Talks: The Brenner 150 Exhibition: 150 Years of V....
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Money Talks: The Brenner 150 Exhibition: 150 Years of V. D. B.

By the time of the Hahlo Exhibition in 1912, Victor David Brenner was a globally-acclaimed sculptor and was still…

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Bar Kokhba Revolt: Secrets of the Coins—David Hendin
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Bar Kokhba Revolt: Secrets of the Coins—David Hendin

Bar Kokhba was a rebel Jewish leader in Judaea who led a revolt against the Roman Empire from 132–135…

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Columbus, Coins, Ships, and Controversy in 1890s America—Peter van Alfen
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Columbus, Coins, Ships, and Controversy in 1890s America—Peter van Alfen

Dr. Peter van Alfen discusses topics surrounding the Columbian Exposition of 1892-93. In recent years Christopher Columbus and Columbus…

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