Pocket Change Blog

Pocket Change is the official blog of the American Numismatic Society.

Gold Coinage in Pre-Meiji Japan
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Gold Coinage in Pre-Meiji Japan
By David Yoon

The coinage of western Eurasia and its colonial explants had, from the Archaic Aegean to the twentieth century, a tension between two conflicting problems. On the one hand, if a monetary system did not represent a wide range of values, it was inflexible and poorly suited to use for a wide range of transactions. On the other hand, however, as long as commodities such as gold and silver were used to represent value, the price volatility of these commodities caused monetary instability. In particular, as long as transaction costs were low enough, arbitrage could potentially drive portions of the system…

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About Cents
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About Cents
By David Hill

From time to time here at the ANS Library we still get books and other numismatic items from the library…

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Highlights from the 2023 New York International Numismatic Convention
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Highlights from the 2023 New York International Numismatic Convention
By John Thomassen

Most of us have a favorite day of the year. For many, it’s their birthday. For others, it’s a particular…

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The Planchet Podcast Season 3 Wrap-Up
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The Planchet Podcast Season 3 Wrap-Up
By The American Numismatic Society

Season 3 of the Planchet podcast from the American Numismatic Society wrapped earlier in December with a conversation with Chris…

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A Brief History of the Receipt
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A Brief History of the Receipt
By The American Numismatic Society

Today’s post comes from Jane Sancinito, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a specialist in…

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Benefactors and Local Coinage: Part I
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Benefactors and Local Coinage: Part I
By Lucia Carbone

The assembly, the people and the civic senate honored Moschion son of Moschion, who held the office of archiereus, of…

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Is Sponsian real? Further Considerations
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Is Sponsian real? Further Considerations
By Alice Sharpless

A new study, published by Paul N. Pearson et al. last week in Plos One, has made a sensation in…

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Numismatic Research and Peer Review
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Numismatic Research and Peer Review
By Nathan Elkins

ANS President Edward T. Newell and his rabbit review the contents of a volume of the American Journal of Numismatics.

Numismatics…

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ANS Announces New Early Betts Medal Book
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ANS Announces New Early Betts Medal Book
By The American Numismatic Society

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the publication The Early Betts Medal Companion: Medals of America’s Discovery…

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Sequential Die Marks in the Roman Republican Coinage and the...
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Sequential Die Marks in the Roman Republican Coinage and the Possibilities of Quantification
By Alice Sharpless

The newest Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP) data release includes seven control-marked issues which are part of the subset of…

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Coin-Sound, or the <em>Bruit d’Arain</em> of Armand Trousseau
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Coin-Sound, or the Bruit d’Arain of Armand Trousseau
By Jesse Kraft

As numismatists, we know that coins have many, many functions and characteristics. Some of those are inherent from the time…

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How Much Is That in Dollars?
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How Much Is That in Dollars?
By David Yoon

Something we are asked from time to time is how much a past coin was worth in terms of present-day…

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