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.

Faustina the Younger: Coinage, Portraits, and Public Image
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Faustina the Younger: Coinage, Portraits, and Public Image
By The American Numismatic Society

This week Pocket Change features new books from the ANS that you might have missed. Today, we highlight Martin Beckmann’s Faustina the Younger: Coinage, Portraits, and Public Image (Numismatic Studies 43), the follow-up to Diva Faustina.

The Roman empress Faustina the Younger, wife of the emperor Marcus Aurelius and mother to at least eleven imperial children, including the future emperor Commodus, not only played a key role in Roman history of the 2nd century AD but also was the subject of almost unparalleled commemoration in visual media, especially sculpture and coinage, during her lifetime. This book examines the single largest surviving…

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Numismatic Commemorations of the 200th Birthday of George Washington in...
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Numismatic Commemorations of the 200th Birthday of George Washington in 1932
By The American Numismatic Society

This week, the ANS continues to highlight new books you might have missed. Today features Syd Martin’s massive monograph and…

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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…

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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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Long Table 91. Data Wrangling: How to use Nomisma
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Long Table 91. Data Wrangling: How to use Nomisma

Director of Data Science Ethan Gruber provides an introduction to some of the underlying technical principles of Nomisma.org, the…

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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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Long Table 90. Stickers on a Steamer Trunk: American Merchant...
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Long Table 90. Stickers on a Steamer Trunk: American Merchant Countermarks on Foreign Coins

John Kraljevich, ANS Fellow and researcher, takes a look into the pockets antebellum America. The diversity of the United…

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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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LT No. 89 Schulman, Salton, and Frankenhuis in Archival Records
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LT No. 89 Schulman, Salton, and Frankenhuis in Archival Records

ANS Archivist and Librarian David Hill discusses a few archival collections that document the nightmarish experiences of several Jewish…

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Payment, Profit, or Prestige? The Political Economy of Achaemenid Coin...
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Payment, Profit, or Prestige? The Political Economy of Achaemenid Coin Production, ca. 550–330 BCE

ANS Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen considers the various reasons that modern commentators suggest for the production of…

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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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Long Table No. 88 The Nickle Numismatic Collection at the...
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Long Table No. 88 The Nickle Numismatic Collection at the University of Calgary

Marina Fischer, Curator of Numismatics at Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary, speaks on the history of the museum and…

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