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The Early Antigonids: Coinage, Money, and the Economy (NS 37)
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The Early Antigonids: Coinage, Money, and the Economy (NS 37)
By The American Numismatic Society

For the week of May 15, Pocket Change will highlight new books that you might have missed, starting with The Early Antigonids: Coinage, Money, and Economy, vol. 37 of the Numismatic Studies series.

This systematic analysis of the gold and silver coinages of “King Antigonos” is intended to explore the nature of the Antigonid cash economy during the second and the third quarter of the third century BC. The author’s principal aim in reconstructing the precious metal coinage of “King Antigonos” is to comprehend the way in which the mints concerned functioned and to identify the major issues of the period….

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The Coins That Aren't There
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The Coins That Aren't There
By David Yoon

Bronze As of Augustus, Nemausus, AD 10–14. ANS 1953.171.1600. 

It has long been said that absence of evidence is not evidence…

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Die Marks and the Organization of the Roman Mint: An...
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Die Marks and the Organization of the Roman Mint: An RRDP Case Study
By Lucia Carbone

by Alice Sharpless and Lucia Carbone

The purpose of control marks in Roman Republican coinage is not well understood. Beginning as…

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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…

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Identifying Roman Coins: An OCRE Tool
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Identifying Roman Coins: An OCRE Tool
By Nathan Elkins

Although fundamental to our discipline, one of the most difficult skills to teach aspiring Roman numismatists is how to identify…

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ANS Library Acquires Rare Bushnell Volumes
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ANS Library Acquires Rare Bushnell Volumes
By David Hill

Charles Ira Bushnell had one of the top two or three coin collections in the United States in the nineteenth…

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Indian Peace Medals at the American Numismatic Society
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Indian Peace Medals at the American Numismatic Society
By Oliver Hoover

The Dead Zone was a popular science fiction thriller written by Stephen King in 1979 that was made into a…

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Language and the Successful Circulation of Money in the United...
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Language and the Successful Circulation of Money in the United States
By Jesse Kraft

Prior to the adoption of the United States dollar with the Mint Act of 1792, the circulating medium in the…

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Beads in the ANS Collection: Trade Objects or Jewelry?
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Beads in the ANS Collection: Trade Objects or Jewelry?
By John Thomassen

In the world of potentially controversial topics, the idea that coins have a primary (if not singular) purpose—that is, as…

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Hersh’s Die Study of Gaius Antonius’ Denarii
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Hersh’s Die Study of Gaius Antonius’ Denarii
By The American Numismatic Society

By Liv Mariah Yarrow

I never had the pleasure of meeting Charles Hersh in his lifetime, but over these last few…

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Pax Romana
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Pax Romana
By Lucia Carbone

Auferre trucidare rapere falsis nominibus imperium, atque ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.To plunder, butcher, steal, these things they misname empire:…

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What is a Mint?
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What is a Mint?
By David Yoon

Some questions seem too obvious to be worth asking. Everyone knows that a mint is a production facility that strikes…

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