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.

Ancient Coins and (Modern) Object Biographies
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Ancient Coins and (Modern) Object Biographies
By Nathan Elkins

One way to study numismatic objects is through the lens of the anthropological/archaeological concept of object biography. A helpful guide from Stanford University defines it as follows: “Object biography is a methodology that goes beyond provenance research to create close, contextual consideration of the shifting relationships of things and people as they circulate into and out of different social situations.”

When it comes to ancient coins, archaeology provides the best insights to their ancient “biographies,” because archaeologists can record various related geographical, material, and depositional relationships. This information helps recreate the end (at least) of these objects’ past “lives” and user…

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Laban Heath’s Improved Adjustable Compound Microscope
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Laban Heath’s Improved Adjustable Compound Microscope
By David Hill

Heath’s microscope and one of his counterfeit detectors.

The ANS Library and Archives recently acquired an interesting little gadget—one of Laban…

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Antiochus IV in Illinois
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Antiochus IV in Illinois
By Oliver Hoover

Everyone loves to find coins in unexpected places. There is always a certain thrill that comes from discovering those dropped…

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Fame (and Infamy) Represented in the MACO Die Shells
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Fame (and Infamy) Represented in the MACO Die Shells
By Jesse Kraft

Since repatriating the die shells of the Medallic Art Co. (MACO), organizing and cataloguing these pieces has become a curatorial…

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The American Numismatic Society: Sharing and Belonging
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The American Numismatic Society: Sharing and Belonging

For the 2022 ANS Gala in honor of David Hendin, we commissioned a short film by Pascal Perich that…

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Paying Attention: Images of Monuments on Roman Imperial Coins with...
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Paying Attention: Images of Monuments on Roman Imperial Coins with Prof. Francesco de Angelis

Representations of architecture on Roman coins have long been studied by scholars interested in retrieving information about ancient monuments,…

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John Halhed Inscribed William Shakespeare Medal Reunited With Family
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John Halhed Inscribed William Shakespeare Medal Reunited With Family
By John Thomassen

One of the more fascinating aspects of the American Numismatic Society’s eBay store are the numismatic stories that come with…

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Medialia Rack and Hamper Gallery: A Sad Farewell
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Medialia Rack and Hamper Gallery: A Sad Farewell
By Peter van Alfen

Figure 1. Mashiko and the American Medalists in Paris exhibit.

One of the joys of living in New York City is…

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Revising Crawford’s Roman Republican Coinage  from RRDP: The case...
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Revising Crawford’s Roman Republican Coinage from RRDP: The case of RRC 367
By The American Numismatic Society

by Alice Sharpless

This blog post is a preliminary version of an article to be submitted for peer review. Comments and…

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Third RRDP Data Release
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Third RRDP Data Release
By The American Numismatic Society

by Liv M. Yarrow and Alice Sharpless

This post announces the third data release from the Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP)….

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New Years and Old Years
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New Years and Old Years
By David Yoon

This essay is being written on December 31, 2021, to be posted on January 4, 2022. It seems like a…

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Coins and Target Audiences in the Roman Empire
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Coins and Target Audiences in the Roman Empire
By Nathan Elkins

December 28, 2021. I spend a lot of time thinking about the significance and intent behind certain images on ancient…

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New Candidate for Oldest U.S. Numismatic Society Discovered
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New Candidate for Oldest U.S. Numismatic Society Discovered
By David Hill

Charles Ira Bushnell

A couple of months ago, friend and fellow numismatic researcher Joel Orosz sent me a news clipping containing…

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