Pocket Change Blog

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

A Correction to “Treasure (Rhode) Island”
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A Correction to “Treasure (Rhode) Island”
By Oliver Hoover

On April 9, 2021, Pocket Change hosted a post of mine that took issue with the popularization of a theory originally published by Jim Bailey in the Colonial Newsletter in 2017. In Bailey’s article, it was argued that silver khamsiya coins of Qasimid Yemen (Fig. 1) found (increasingly, it seems) in North America—particularly in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island—are directly connected to the English pirate Henry Every and his crew after their plunder of the Mughal treasure ship Ganj-i-Sawai in 1695.

Figure 1. Qasimid silver khamsiya of al-Hadi Muhammad III dated AH 1105 (AD 1693/4) similar to coins found in…

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Cartagena MMXXI: The International Convention of Historians and Numismatists
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Cartagena MMXXI: The International Convention of Historians and Numismatists
By Jesse Kraft

This past week, between December 1 and 5, the Third International Convention of Historians and Numismatists (Cartagena MMXXI) gathered in…

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Curiosities of the United States Paper Money Cabinet, Part II
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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…

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New Print-on-Demand Program
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New Print-on-Demand Program
By The American Numismatic Society

The American Numismatic Society is proud to announce a new print-on-demand (POD) program.

Every month the ANS will release 4–10 out-of-print…

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Financing Sulla’s Reconquest of Italy (Pt. II)
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Financing Sulla’s Reconquest of Italy (Pt. II)
By Lucia Carbone

Fig. 1. Athens. New Style tetradrachm with monogram interpreted as ΜΑΡΚΟΥ (Lucullus)/ ΤΑΜΙΟΥ. Thompson 1313. ANS 2015.20.871 (bequest of R….

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Financing Sulla’s Reconquest of Italy (Pt. I)
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Financing Sulla’s Reconquest of Italy (Pt. I)
By Lucia Carbone

Fig. 1. So-called “Sulla,” a copy (probably from the time of Augustus) after a portrait of an important Roman from…

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Winner of the ANS’s Collier Prize Announced
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Winner of the ANS’s Collier Prize Announced
By Peter van Alfen

James M. Collier, self-portrait after Memling (2006).

In 2020, Carole Anne Menzi Collier established the Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics at…

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The Ottoman Kuruş and Control of Coinage
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The Ottoman Kuruş and Control of Coinage
By David Yoon

by Ellen Nye and David Yoon

In August 2018, as Turkey faced a currency crisis, its president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called…

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Money, Pain, and Human Sentiment
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Money, Pain, and Human Sentiment
By Nathan Elkins

As one of the leading international centers of numismatic research, it’s no surprise that the stories coins tell about the…

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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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New Data Release from the RRDP Project
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New Data Release from the RRDP Project
By Lucia Carbone

by Alice Sharpless and Lucia Carbone

This blog post accompanies the second release of data for the RRDP Project. You can…

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Guises of the Tribute Penny
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Guises of the Tribute Penny
By Oliver Hoover

This last summer an email message to the ANS Curatorial Department requested that an attempt be made to use the…

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