Pocket Change Medals & Decorations

The Development of the ANS Indian Peace Medal Collection
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The Development of the ANS Indian Peace Medal Collection
By Oliver Hoover

When looked at through the numismatic lens, the Indian peace medals in the extensive collection of the American Numismatic Society tell the interesting and sometimes sordid story of the development of the U.S. Mint as both producer and marketer of medals for official purposes and for collectors. Due to the association of many of the medals with the names of  Native American leaders who owned them before they entered the ANS collection, the medals also tell the personal stories of triumph and tragedy experienced by their original owners. The medals also have a third facet that is often overlooked. Their…

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Fame (and Infamy) Represented in the MACO Die Shells
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Fame (and Infamy) Represented in the MACO Die Shells
By Jesse Kraft

Since repatriating the die shells of the Medallic Art Co. (MACO), organizing and cataloguing these pieces has become a curatorial…

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Medialia Rack and Hamper Gallery: A Sad Farewell
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Medialia Rack and Hamper Gallery: A Sad Farewell
By Peter van Alfen

Figure 1. Mashiko and the American Medalists in Paris exhibit.

One of the joys of living in New York City is…

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Which Saint-Gaudens?
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Which Saint-Gaudens?
By David Hill

Louis Saint-Gaudens, by his wife Annetta (Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park).

We have over 160 years of records in the Society’s archives,…

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From Mound House to Manhattan, Part III
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From Mound House to Manhattan, Part III
By Jesse Kraft

This is the third and final segment in the series to update ANS members and interested guests on the MACO…

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A Sketch of A Sketch
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A Sketch of A Sketch
By Austin Andrews

In late June 2021, Heidi Wastweet led a stellar Long Table discussion about her work as a medallic artist and…

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From Mound House to Manhattan, Part II
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From Mound House to Manhattan, Part II
By Jesse Kraft

This is the second segment of a three-part series to update ANS members and interested guests on the MACO Archives…

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Coins from the Jay M. Galst Collection
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Coins from the Jay M. Galst Collection
By Peter van Alfen

Over the course of forty years of serious collecting, our friend and colleague Jay Martin Galst amassed an important collection…

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The New Navy in New York
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The New Navy in New York
By Peter van Alfen

At the end of the Civil War, the United States had the second largest navy in the world after the…

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From Mound House to Manhattan, Part I
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From Mound House to Manhattan, Part I
By Jesse Kraft

As many of you know, the American Numismatic Society purchased the archives of the Medallic Art Company (MACO) at a…

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The Medallic Art of Katharine Lane Weems
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The Medallic Art of Katharine Lane Weems
By David Hill

While people today may not recognize her name, the career of Katharine Lane Weems (née Katharine Ward Lane) paralleled those…

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The American Negro Commemorative Society
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The American Negro Commemorative Society
By The American Numismatic Society

Today’s post is authored by Jaharia Knowles, ANS intern. Knowles is a high school senior from New York City. A…

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