Summer Seminar at the ANS

By The American Numismatic Society

The 2015 edition of the Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics started this week at the American Numismatic Society. The seminar offers an eight-week introduction to numismatics for graduate students and junior faculty in a variety of disciplines whose work relates to coins and currency. Attendees also have the opportunity for hands-on work with one of the world‘s preeminent numismatic collections, which holds almost a million objects from all cultures, past and present. This post is to welcome and introduce this year’s participants!


Our Visiting Scholar is Professor Aleksander Bursche of the University of Warsaw, who is an archaeologist specializing in relationships between Greeks, Romans, and “barbarians,” with a particular emphasis on monetary and economic interactions.

Jane Sancinito is a Ph.D. candidate in Ancient History at the University of Pennsylvania who is interested in the social dimensions of exchange among Roman merchants. She runs a blog about the basics of ancient numismatics that you can find here.

Lara Fabian is a doctoral student in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World graduate group at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies relations between Romans, Parthians and mobile pastoralists in the South Caucasus.

Patricia Kim is a doctoral student in the History of Art department at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies aspects of cross-cultural interaction and kingship in Greco-Roman visual and material culture.

Felege-Selam Yirga is a doctoral student in the History department at the Ohio State University. He studies the Near East and Red Sea in Late Antiquity with a focus on Axum.

Rhyne King is a doctoral student in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.  He studies the history of Pre-Islamic Iran in general, and the Achaemenid Empire in particular.


Stephanie Leitzel is a incoming doctoral student in the History Department at Harvard University. She is interested in the environmental and economic history of the Early Middle Ages, particularly in the Irish Sea region.

William Chiriguayo is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at Harvard University. His dissertation–an imperial, numismatic history of United States currency–examines how the production of money advanced the American imperial project.

Mariele Valci recently obtained a Master’s degree in the Department of Archaeology at Università di Roma Tre and will be pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham in the fall. Her work focuses on developing a better understanding of the medieval economy of Rome through the study of coins minted by the city between the 12th and 14th century. She blogs about her experience of being an archaeologist abroad here.