Pocket Change

Collectively branded as Pocket Change, the ANS publishes new content frequently on its blog, in The Planchet podcast, as well as videos. Back-issues of ANS Magazine are also available.

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 global news by claiming to have authenticated several unusual gold coins in the Hunterian Museum collection in Glasgow which seem to feature an otherwise unknown Roman emperor Sponsianus. The coins, which numismatists have long believed to be early 18th-century forgeries, include two gold coins naming the Roman emperor Philip I or II, another naming Gordian III, and a fourth naming a Sponsianus, who is known only from a few examples of this coin type (Fig. 1).

Figure 1. Gold coin…

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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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S3, Ep. 8. A Conversation with Waleed Ziad
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S3, Ep. 8. A Conversation with Waleed Ziad

Dr. Waleed Ziad is Assistant Professor and Ali Jarrahi Fellow in Persian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at…

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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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Long Table No. 115 A Hoard of Syrian Tetradrachms from...
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Long Table No. 115 A Hoard of Syrian Tetradrachms from a Mass Burial in ‘Akko-Ptolemais

Forty-six silver tetradrachms, 44 of them forming a hoard, were discovered in the unusual context of a mass grave,…

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Money Talks: Recently Discovered Hoard of the 12th-13th centuries from...
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Money Talks: Recently Discovered Hoard of the 12th-13th centuries from Samshvilde Medieval Site

Join Professor David Berikashvili from the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Art at the University of Georgia, Tbilisi, for…

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Long Table 114. Banknotes of Argentina, Peru and Chile in...
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Long Table 114. Banknotes of Argentina, Peru and Chile in Bolivian Money, and Other Curiosities

Join Richard Cacchione-Amendola, co-founder and Vice President of the Instituto de Investigación Numismática in Lima (IIN), for a look…

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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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Long Table 113. Conservation and Treatment of Ancient Silver Coinage
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Long Table 113. Conservation and Treatment of Ancient Silver Coinage

Associate Member Almoatz-bellah Elshahawi returns for this week’s Long Table on professional conservation and treatment of ancient coins. Like…

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S3, Ep. 7. A Conversation with T. Corey Brennan
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S3, Ep. 7. A Conversation with T. Corey Brennan

Dr. T. Corey Brennan is a professor of Classics at Rutgers University. His newest book, published by Oxford University Press…

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A Warsaw Odyssey
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A Warsaw Odyssey
By David Hill

Last month, along with most of the ANS staff, I attended the International Numismatic Congress in Poland. It was a…

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