Pocket Change Modern

New Years and Old Years
   ANS    
New Years and Old Years
By David Yoon

This essay is being written on December 31, 2021, to be posted on January 4, 2022. It seems like a suitable moment to think about calendars and years and how people define them.

The presence of year dates on coins is tremendously useful to the numismatist—probably more useful than the dates generally were to the governments that decided to put them on the coins, usually for administrative control. And numismatists are well aware that many different dating systems are found on coins from antiquity, from the Islamic world, and from Asia, ranging from regnal years to local eras to major religion-based…

Continue reading
Curiosities of the United States Paper Money Cabinet, Part II
   ANS    
Curiosities of the United States Paper Money Cabinet, Part II
By John Thomassen

If you have not read Part I of this two-part series and would like to do so, please click here.

As…

Continue reading
From Mound House to Manhattan, Part II
   ANS    
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…

Continue reading
New York City Streets Are Paved With Lost Change (If...
   ANS    
New York City Streets Are Paved With Lost Change (If You Look)
By John Thomassen

There’s a fairly pervasive idea that some people are just born lucky. These people, it’s thought, luck into good schools,…

Continue reading
Trouble with Names
   ANS    
Trouble with Names
By David Hill

Augustus Saint-Gaudens by Kenyon Cox (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Du Bois was a big name at the U.S. mint in the…

Continue reading
A Caffeinated Tour of the ANS Collection
   ANS    
A Caffeinated Tour of the ANS Collection
By John Thomassen

In the world of humorous coffee shop signs, there is one that has always rung particularly true for this numismatic…

Continue reading
The New Navy in New York
   ANS    
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…

Continue reading
From Mound House to Manhattan, Part I
   ANS    
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…

Continue reading
Squaring The Circle: The Andor Orand Squared Quarter
   ANS    
Squaring The Circle: The Andor Orand Squared Quarter
By John Thomassen

Quite often, coming across a previously unknown (to you) numismatic object can send one spiraling down a rabbit hole of…

Continue reading
In Memory of Pyotr Osipovich Karishkovskiy, a Teacher and Scholar
   ANS    
In Memory of Pyotr Osipovich Karishkovskiy, a Teacher and Scholar
By Elena Stolyarik

March 12, 2021, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding historian, epigrapher, and specialist in northern Black…

Continue reading
World War II Barter Kits
   ANS    
World War II Barter Kits
By David Hill

A researcher’s inquiry recently got me thinking about an interesting item I’d once found in a pile of unprocessed materials…

Continue reading
The American Negro Commemorative Society
   ANS    
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…

Continue reading