American Numismatic Society

American Numismatic Society The mission of the American Numismatic Society shall be to promote and advance the study, research, and appreciation of numismatics.
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Opportunity often leads to innovation. Sometimes the events that contribute to an evolution of this nature are well-know...
11/02/2020
John Gibbs: Stagecoach Operator Turned Token Innovator, Turned Counterfeiter | Pocket Change

Opportunity often leads to innovation. Sometimes the events that contribute to an evolution of this nature are well-known and documented, while other times they are lost to history and only able to be speculated by present-day researchers. This is the case with the career of John Gibbs. In the course of the 1830s, his profession took a radical turn. While the exact details are currently unknown, the numismatic evidence of how his occupational path evolved creates a compelling story.

North America, Tokens, United States John Gibbs: Stagecoach Operator Turned Token Innovator, Turned Counterfeiter October 28, 2020 Jesse Kraft Opportunity often leads to innovation. Sometimes the events that contribute to an evolution of this nature are well-known and documented, while other times t...

This ingot was made under Pedro I—the first Brazilian Emperor who was best known for declaring independence from Portuga...
10/30/2020

This ingot was made under Pedro I—the first Brazilian Emperor who was best known for declaring independence from Portugal in 1822.

Join us at 1:00 for a Long Table with Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg as he goes over his vault favorites that include not only this ingot, but also some of the smallest and largest objects in the collection—one weighing less than a gram and other over 33 pounds.

gold ingot
1830
Brazil
numismatics.org/collection/1963.240.1

10/29/2020
The ANS’s Greatest Coins: the EID MAR denarius.

In the first in our "Greatest Coins" video series focusing on the highlights of the ANS collection, Dr. Lucia Carbone speaks on the EID MAR denarius.

The ANS's Greatest Coins series examines coins in the American Numismatic Society’s collection, carefully selected for their historical fame. In this episode...

The British Art Medal Society Confers its President’s Medal to the ANS | Pocket Change
10/21/2020
The British Art Medal Society Confers its President’s Medal to the ANS | Pocket Change

The British Art Medal Society Confers its President’s Medal to the ANS | Pocket Change

Medals & Decorations, News The British Art Medal Society Confers its President’s Medal to the ANS October 19, 2020 Andrew Reinhard The work of Danuta Solowiej, the President’s Medal was commissioned by the British Art Medal Society as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations in 2007, and first ...

Questions of origins are endlessly fascinating. These are examples of some of the first coins ever created. Research Cur...
10/15/2020

Questions of origins are endlessly fascinating. These are examples of some of the first coins ever created. Research Curator Ute Wartenberg is studying “the birth of coinage” when the kingdom of Lydia and the nearby Greek city-states began minting coins in the 7th century BCE, with denominations as small as the 1/192 stater.

[This coin] represents the first attestation of the name "Italia" on coinage. It was issued in 90 BC, in Corfinium/Itali...
10/14/2020
The First ITALIA on Coinage | Pocket Change

[This coin] represents the first attestation of the name "Italia" on coinage. It was issued in 90 BC, in Corfinium/Italica, the capital of the Italic rebels who took arms against Rome between 91 and 87 BC and almost destroyed it in what Roman historians recall as one of the bloodiest ever fought on Italian soil

Roman The First ITALIA on Coinage October 13, 2020 Lucia Carbone Figure 1. ANS 1944.100.866. The coin in Fig. 1 represents the first attestation of the name Italia on coinage. It was issued in 90 BC, in Corfinium/Italica, the capital of the Italic rebels who took arms against Rome between 91 and 87....

Numerous coins from the Roman collection of the American Numismatic Society make an outstanding portrait gallery of the ...
10/05/2020
Destruction of Emperors’ Images on Roman Coins from the ANS Collection | Pocket Change

Numerous coins from the Roman collection of the American Numismatic Society make an outstanding portrait gallery of the founders and rulers of the Roman Empire and reflect the historical development of this society’s rise and fall.

Roman Destruction of Emperors’ Images on Roman Coins from the ANS Collection September 29, 2020 Elena Stolyarik Numerous coins from the Roman collection of the American Numismatic Society make an outstanding portrait gallery of the founders and rulers of the Roman Empire and reflect the historical...

It's national podcast day! Have you listened to The Planchet yet? The latest episode features retired Deputy Director of...
09/30/2020
‎The Planchet: A Brief History of Oxford's Earliest Coin Collections on Apple Podcasts

It's national podcast day! Have you listened to The Planchet yet?

The latest episode features retired Deputy Director of the British Museum and Keeper of its Department of Coins and Medals, Andrew Burnett. Hear him discusses the origins of many of the earliest coin collections kept at Oxford, the colorful personalities of 16th- and 17th-century collectors, plus a primer on early numismatic catalogues of public collections in Britain and what happens when a coin collection catches fire.

Join us each month and delve into a new aspect of numismatics with conversations with scholars, collectors, and numismatic artists. Listen and subscribe today!

‎Show The Planchet, Ep A Brief History of Oxford's Earliest Coin Collections - Sep 24, 2020

In today’s Long Table, Jesse Kraft discussed some of the earliest coins to be minted in the new world, like this Spanish...
09/25/2020

In today’s Long Table, Jesse Kraft discussed some of the earliest coins to be minted in the new world, like this Spanish real. Take a close look at the castles—the die for this coin was made by enslaved Aztec engravers who, never having seen a Spanish castle, pulled influence from their own temples. ⠀

Silver 2 real of Charles and Juana⠀
Mexico City (Mexico) ⠀
1535 – 1556⠀
numismatics.org/collection/1947.134.38

The Free Silver Campaign of 1896 and its Influence on African-American Voters | Pocket Change
09/24/2020
The Free Silver Campaign of 1896 and its Influence on African-American Voters | Pocket Change

The Free Silver Campaign of 1896 and its Influence on African-American Voters | Pocket Change

United States The Free Silver Campaign of 1896 and its Influence on African-American Voters September 24, 2020 Jesse Kraft In the latest issue of the ANS Magazine, Helena Kagan wrote an admirable article that articulated the nuances of the Free Silver campaign led by Democratic nominee, William Jenn...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by 1991 Saltus Award winner Eugene Daub. Rest In Peace, Justice Ginsburg.⠀⠀Medal of the Jewish-Ameri...
09/21/2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by 1991 Saltus Award winner Eugene Daub. Rest In Peace, Justice Ginsburg.⠀

Medal of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame⠀
US ⠀
2013⠀
numismatics.org/collection/2013.52.1

We had a fantastic Long Table discussion today as Dr. Lucia Carbone discussed her favorite items in the ANS collection—i...
09/18/2020

We had a fantastic Long Table discussion today as Dr. Lucia Carbone discussed her favorite items in the ANS collection—including this beautiful decadrachm, minted in Sicily by the Carthaginians in the third century BCE (ANS 1944.100.79983). Join us every Friday for these weekly members only numismatic chats!

The Atlantic International Club, 1864 | Pocket Change
09/16/2020
The Atlantic International Club, 1864 | Pocket Change

The Atlantic International Club, 1864 | Pocket Change

Medals & Decorations, Modern The Atlantic International Club, 1864 September 9, 2020 Peter van Alfen ANS 1967.225.23 Among the more unusual and curious objects in the ANS’s collection is a silver medal (ANS 1967.225.23) 56.8 mm in diameter that was donated to the Society, along with ca. 3,000 othe...

First known photographs of Adra Newell Discovered Online | Pocket Change
09/09/2020
First known photographs of Adra Newell Discovered Online | Pocket Change

First known photographs of Adra Newell Discovered Online | Pocket Change

Numismatic History, United States First known photographs of Adra Newell Discovered Online September 8, 2020 David Hill Some years ago I wrote about Edward Newell and his wife Adra for ANS Magazine (2014/3). Edward, the Society’s president for 25 years (1916–1941), is well known to numismatists....

New Book! "Jacques Wiener’s Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe"
09/02/2020
New Book! "Jacques Wiener’s Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe"

New Book! "Jacques Wiener’s Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe"

The nineteenth-century medal series, The Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe, by Belgian engraver-medalist Jacques Wiener is examined in detail by author and collector Michael Ross. The work begins by providing a biographical background for Wiener, integrating two primary, existing sources, supplemen...

David MacDonald defines overstruck coins as “coins that have been ‘recoined’ by striking them with new and different die...
09/02/2020
Some Greek and Roman overstrikes in the ANS Collection | Pocket Change

David MacDonald defines overstruck coins as “coins that have been ‘recoined’ by striking them with new and different dies, whether by the original minting authority or by a different one, without having the original design completely removed beforehand.” ... Overstriking was done for a variety of reasons, ranging from eminently economic ones to (possibly) ideological. Overstruck coins are thus a powerful to investigate the complexities of coin circulation and production in the antiquity.

Greek, Roman Some Greek and Roman overstrikes in the ANS Collection September 1, 2020 Lucia Carbone While perusing the ever-surprising Richard B. Witchonke Collection at the ANS for its forthcoming published catalogue, I had the great luck to study a few overstruck coins with fairly unique features....

August 2020 E-News
09/01/2020
August 2020 E-News

August 2020 E-News

The American Numismatic Society mourns the loss of its former President and Chairman, Mr. Donald G. Partrick. His most generous support and leadership transformed the Society into the vibrant institution it is today. He will be forever one of the great leaders and collectors within the Society's dis...

Jetons figured in the rites and rituals of the guilds and faculties; they were swag for general meetings of the clergy, ...
08/26/2020
New Book! "Old Regime France and its Jetons: Pointillist History and Numismatics"

Jetons figured in the rites and rituals of the guilds and faculties; they were swag for general meetings of the clergy, and they served as calling cards for noble families. Decoding hidden messages became a parlor game for cognoscenti, and as “petit monuments” some jetons are miniature works of high art produced by the world’s most talented artists/engravers at the world’s preeminent mint. In this book jetons serve as microdots in a pointillist, longue durée account that paints a grand portrait of early modern and Old Regime France leading up to the French Revolution.

Non-monetary tokens known as jetons originated as counters used on medieval counting tables. In certain parts of France, the Low Countries, and German lands, they continued as such into the nineteenth century. The historical and numismatic interest in jetons stems more from what else they became, pa...

Happy #nationaldogday!⠀⠀“One of the symbols often associated with Segesta (located in the north-west corner of Sicily) i...
08/26/2020

Happy #nationaldogday!⠀

“One of the symbols often associated with Segesta (located in the north-west corner of Sicily) is a dog, which … may refer to the founding myth that describes a dog as the personification of the river god Crimisus. It was he who fell in love with a local nymph (Egesta), and their resulting offspring, Egesto, was credited with being the founder of the city.” - Mark Cartwright, ancient.eu/Segesta

Silver didrachm⠀
Segesta⠀
470 BCE – 405 BCE⠀
numismatics.org/collection/1944.100.10148

It is well known that numismatics is closely connected with history, archaeology, art history, and economics. However, c...
08/25/2020
Coins and Linguistics | Pocket Change

It is well known that numismatics is closely connected with history, archaeology, art history, and economics. However, coins can be used as evidence in many other areas as well. One of them is linguistics.

Medieval Coins and Linguistics August 25, 2020 David Yoon It is well known that numismatics is closely connected with history, archaeology, art history, and economics. However, coins can be used as evidence in many other areas as well. One of them is linguistics. For some ancient languages, like the...

Want to know how these photorealistic Roman emperor portraits were made? Come to the Long Table discussion on Friday wit...
08/24/2020

Want to know how these photorealistic Roman emperor portraits were made? Come to the Long Table discussion on Friday with Daniel Voshart when he will discuss his methods and sources.

© Daniel Voshart

Study of coins from archaeological contexts can tell us about how images on coins were personalized by certain individua...
08/20/2020
Contextualizing Coins: An Interview with Dr. Nathan T. Elkins | Pocket Change

Study of coins from archaeological contexts can tell us about how images on coins were personalized by certain individuals, such as the use of coins emphasizing Aeternitas (Eternity) in graves or a coin with Fortuna placed under the mast step of a ship. Ancient coins with known findspots greatly enhance and inform our understanding of the ancient world in myriad ways.

Roman Contextualizing Coins: An Interview with Dr. Nathan T. Elkins August 19, 2020 Austin Andrews The scholarship of Dr. Nathan T. Elkins sits squarely at the intersection of art history, archaeology, and numismatics. Dr. Elkins teaches, researches, and writes actively in these subject areas, speci...

The Continental Congress, the union of former colonies in rebellion against the British monarchy, introduced the first A...
08/19/2020

The Continental Congress, the union of former colonies in rebellion against the British monarchy, introduced the first American national paper money in 1775, trying to meet military expenditures. Bullion backing for the issues never appeared, however, and this Continental Currency was rapidly devalued. The Congress asked the states to redeem it, but they were floundering financially themselves. The British prohibited circulation of rebel money in areas they occupied, and tried to undermine the American economy and public confidence by emitting counterfeits. By 1780, economic circumstances combined to cause the reduction of Continental Currency notes to one-fortieth of their original face values, and the Congress ceased printing them. More at: numismatics.org/a-history-of-american-currency

Today, our American curator is working a bunch of these notes from November, 1776. They will soon be much easier to find on the database! ⠀

New Book! "Hidden Power: Late Cistophoric Production and the Organization of Provincia Asia (128–89 BC)""
08/19/2020
New Book! "Hidden Power: Late Cistophoric Production and the Organization of Provincia Asia (128–89 BC)""

New Book! "Hidden Power: Late Cistophoric Production and the Organization of Provincia Asia (128–89 BC)""

Using the production and circulation patterns of the Asian cistophorus as a case study, Hidden Power seeks to develop a better understanding of Roman monetary policy in the province of Asia between its establishment in the 120s BC and the beginning of the Mithraditic Wars.

One hundred years ago today, a remarkable event occurred. The voting population of the United States doubled with the pa...
08/18/2020
Numismatics and the 19th Amendment Centennial | Pocket Change

One hundred years ago today, a remarkable event occurred. The voting population of the United States doubled with the passage of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. And now it’s time to slide open the drawers in the vault of the American Numismatic Society and see what numismatic objects we have to commemorate this anniversary.

Medals & Decorations, Modern, United States Numismatics and the 19th Amendment Centennial August 18, 2020 The American Numismatic Society The following post was written by Mary N. Lannin, who is on the Board of Directors of the American Numismatic Society and has been a member of the Citizens Coinag...

The New York Times pays a touching tribute to ANS Fellow Jay Galst and his love of numismatics as a part of their 'Those...
08/17/2020
Dr. Jay Galst, a Specialist in Eyes and Coins, Dies at 69

The New York Times pays a touching tribute to ANS Fellow Jay Galst and his love of numismatics as a part of their 'Those We've Lost' series.

An ophthalmologist with a numismatic hobby, he combined those interests in an unusual book. He died of the novel coronavirus.

A new Pocket Change post by former Executive Director Ute Wartenberg "If numismatics wants to attract a wider audience, ...
08/14/2020
Numismanels: Why are there Still almost All-Male Events Happening in Numismatics? | Pocket Change

A new Pocket Change post by former Executive Director Ute Wartenberg

"If numismatics wants to attract a wider audience, our organizations have to try to include more women and minorities, who often feel excluded from events such as coin shows, coin clubs, and our organizations."

Events, Modern, News Numismanels: Why are there Still almost All-Male Events Happening in Numismatics? August 14, 2020 Ute Wartenberg While August means for most people weekends on the beach, long summer days, or just hanging out, numismatists look forward to their annual pilgrimage to some conventi...

Have you listened to the latest episode of the Planchet with artist Jenna Lash? It’s a good one! She speaks with Andrew ...
08/13/2020

Have you listened to the latest episode of the Planchet with artist Jenna Lash? It’s a good one! She speaks with Andrew about her numismatic paintings and the process of selecting her monetary themes. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcast. You can also listen on the ANS website at: numismatics.org/planchet/01-05/⠀

Crumpled Money Series: Crumpled George No. 1⠀
Jenna Lash⠀
Crumpled Money Series⠀
Oil On Canvas⠀
40" x 30"⠀

Check out more of Jenna's work at jennalashstudio.com.

The wait is over! White Gold is here!
08/12/2020
New Book! "White Gold: Studies in Early Electrum Coinage"

The wait is over! White Gold is here!

This book collects the most complete, current scholarship on the history of known examples of ancient electrum coinage of the Greek world, with text, catalogues, and images. The volume’s contents and an excerpt from the Preface are below:

Many coins at the American Numismatic Society illustrate human interpretations of the universe and religious beliefs reg...
08/11/2020
Ancient Myths on Roman Coins at the ANS | Pocket Change

Many coins at the American Numismatic Society illustrate human interpretations of the universe and religious beliefs regarding human destiny.

Roman Ancient Myths on Roman Coins at the ANS August 4, 2020 Elena Stolyarik Many coins at the American Numismatic Society illustrate human interpretations of the universe and religious beliefs regarding human destiny. Among these are various samples from the ANS Roman collection having mythical and...

A little something numismatic from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
08/10/2020

A little something numismatic from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

#WorkoftheWeek: Moyra Davey’s “Copperhead” series, conceived following the stock market crash of 1987, consists of one hundred photographs of pennies, which she often installs as a grid. Each coin is seen in extreme close-up, so that Abraham Lincoln’s familiar visage is reduced to a strange, foreign terrain. The images are printed in a format and scale that suggest a traditional portrait, undercutting the mythic and monumental stature typically afforded the former president.

Because the surfaces of the pennies have been worn down by touch, their appearances vary widely and each photograph is unique; the series as a whole thus emphasizes the individuality of the pennies as objects, as opposed to the standard value assigned them as objects of exchange. Indeed, they come to seem like many sculptures molded by thousands, if not millions, of anonymous hands.

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Pictured: “Copperhead No. 57” (1990), © Moyra Davey.

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The ANS is an organization dedicated to the study of coins, currency, medals, tokens, and related objects from all cultures, past and present. The Society's headquarters in New York City has the foremost research collection and library specialized in numismatics in the United States. These resources are used to support research and education in numismatics, for the benefit of academic specialists, serious collectors, professional numismatists, and the interested public. The ANS does not appraise coins, currency, or related objects.

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The American Numismatic Society is dedicated to the study and public appreciation of coins, currencies, medals, and other related objects. Since its founding in 1858, the ANS has assembled a permanent collection with over 800,000 objects dating from 650 BCE to the present. Our numismatic collection is of international caliber, rivaled only by the largest state collections of Europe. Abounding in both large study collections and great rarities, the Society‘s cabinets are particularly strong in Ancient Greek coinage, where the Hellenistic section is particularly notable; Roman Republican period issues; Islamic, of exceptional breadth and depth; Far Eastern, particularly the Chinese material; Latin American, developed over the past 40 years; and United States, both the Colonial series and Federal issues, as well as private coinages.

The library houses more than 100,000 items, comprising bound volumes, pamphlets, manuscripts, auction catalogues, and microforms. Access to the fully catalogued collections is facilitated by a specially designed subject guide and authority file.

These resources are used to support publications of books and periodicals, lectures, academic seminars, and exhibitions. The ANS publishes in a variety of series, prominent among which are two journals, the American Journal of Numismatics and the Journal of Early American Numismatics, the annual bibliography of the profession, Numismatic Literature, two monographic series, which have accounted for a total of 201 titles to date, as well as special series such as exhibit catalogues and conference proceedings volumes. In 2002 the ANS launched The American Numismatic Society Magazine which presents regular columns from the Society‘s various departments, including contributions from individual curators, feature length articles on numismatic or related topics, announcements about upcoming events, and highlights from conferences and functions. This full-color publication is issued four times a year.

The ANS is a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies, the International Numismatic Commission, the American Association of Museums, as well as a supporting member of the American Academy in Rome and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.