Category Archives: American Numismatic Society

American Numismatic Society Announces “Greatest Coins” Video Series

In this series, short videos realized by our curatorial team will examine coins in the American Numismatic Society’s (ANS) collection, carefully selected for their historical fame and significance. Intended for a wide audience of experts and non-experts alike, these videos will feature multimedia materials that contribute not only to the understanding of the historical and […]

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Colonial Coin Expert Sydney Martin to Receive ANS 2020 Huntington Award

The Trustees of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) have voted to bestow upon Mr. Sydney Martin the 2020 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his scholarly work specializing in Colonial American coinage. The award ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 1:00 pm ET at the American Numismatic Society, 75 Varick […]

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The Coin Analyst: Peter van Alfen Appointed to Fill Numismatic Curator Position on CCAC

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ….. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin appointed numismatic curator, scholar, and award-winning author and researcher Peter van Alfen to serve on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) on August 11. Van Alfen will serve in the position previously held by Robert Hoge as a numismatic curator. Mr. Hoge’s […]

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ANS Archives Roman Republican Die Project Online

Richard Schaefer’s RRDP is now on Archer   The Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP), under the direction of Dr. Lucia Carbone (ANS) and Prof. Liv Yarrow (Brooklyn College, CUNY) aims at providing a precise quantification of the monetary production during the Roman Republic. The first two phases of this project have been generously funded by […]

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ANS Launches Important Update to Online Imperial Roman Coins

An Important OCRE Update The American Numismatic Society (ANS) has recently launched an update to its Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) digital corpus. This update, months in the making, incorporates the newly published volume of Spink’s authoritative series, Roman Imperial Coinage (RIC) into OCRE. Published in 2019, this new volume updates the typology […]

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Confronting Sheldon

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Dr. William Herbert Sheldon, born on November 19, 1898 and dying on September 17, 1977, was venerated for decades as one of the historical giants of American numismatics. During his later life he took the stage as the godfather or even the resident deity of the highly specialized […]

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American Numismatic Society Announces CoinHoards Ancient Coin Research Tool

CoinHoards is a component of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project developed by the American Numismatic Society (ANS). An innovative research resource, CoinHoards provides primary data and other information on 2,387 hoards of coins produced by Greeks and other non-Roman peoples in the Mediterranean and adjacent regions between ca. 650 and […]

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ANS Adds Bronze Coinage to Ptolemaic Coins Online Research Tool

In 2018, the American Numismatic Society (ANS) launched Ptolemaic Coins Online (PCO) as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project. Ptolemaic Coins Online is a new research tool that will ultimately provide wide access to the coins listed in the print volumes of Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire by Catharine […]

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ANS Announces Updated Version of PELLA Coinage of Macedonian Kings of Argead Dynasty

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that an updated version of PELLA (numismatics.org/pella) has now been launched. As a component of the National Endowment of the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project, PELLA is an innovative research tool aiming, among other things, to provide a comprehensive typology and catalog of the coinages struck […]

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ANS Launches Online Fundraising Campaign for OCRE

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) aims to incorporate major new research on Roman Imperial Coinage into its hugely popular digital resource Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE). This is a laborious process that entails updating or amending thousands of entries, and it will take several months to complete. In order to assist this project, […]

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American Numismatic Society Awards Medals and Honors at 2020 Annual Gala Dinner

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, some 180 friends of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) gathered to honor Richard M. Beleson with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner, held at the Harvard Club in New York City. Mr. Beleson has been a steadfast supporter of the ANS since joining the Society in 1995, and […]

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Between Text and Objects: Ancient Coins and the “Periplus of the Erythraean Sea”

The American Numismatic Society Presents a Lecture with Dr. Shailen Bhandare on Tuesday, December 10, 2019: Between Text and Objects: Coinage and the “Periplus of the Erythraean Sea”   The Periplus is a Hellenistic Greek text that provides fascinating details and insights into the trans–Indian Ocean trade in the first century CE. Among its many […]

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ANS Presents 2019 J. Sanford Saltus Award in Medallic Art to Mashiko Nakashima

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that Mashiko Nakashima is the recipient of the Society’s prestigious 2019 J. Sanford Saltus Award for Signal Achievement in the Art of the Medal. Mashiko grew up in her father’s home city of Kyoto, Japan. In 1962 she moved to the United States, and in 1964 […]

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Dr. Jesse Kraft New Assistant Curator at American Numismatic Society

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jesse Kraft has been hired as Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas. Dr. Kraft finished his PhD in American Studies at the University of Delaware earlier this year where he wrote a dissertation entitled “The Circulation of Foreign Coinage: An American […]

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So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. THE HIGHEST PRAISE THAT one ancient coin collector can give another is to say he or she “has an eye for coins.” Someone with this remarkable ability can look at a tray of a hundred nearly identical pieces and unerringly pick out the three or four best […]

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Dr. Gilles Bransbourg New Executive Director American Numismatic Society

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Gilles Bransbourg has been named Executive Director. He replaces Dr. Ute Wartenberg, who is stepping down as Executive Director after two decades leading the Society; she will remain at the ANS in the new position of Research Curator. “I am very pleased to hand […]

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ANS Executive Director Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan to Retire, Assume New Research Role

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan, who has served as the executive director of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) since 1999, will be transitioning to a new research curator role at the numismatic non-profit organization headquartered in New York City on November 1. She announced her resignation from her post in […]

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American Numismatic Society Gives 2019 Archer M. Huntington Award to Dr. Oğuz Tekin

The Trustees of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) have voted to bestow upon Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tekin the 2019 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his scholarly work on ancient Greek and Roman numismatics. The award ceremony will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019, at 6:00 P.M. at the American Numismatic Society, 75 […]

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American Numismatic Society Announces 2020 Gala Honoree

By American Numismatic Society …… The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 16, 2020, it will honor its esteemed former Trustee Richard M. Beleson with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner at the Harvard Club in New York City. Richard Beleson, of San Francisco, California, holds an […]

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American Numismatic Society Seeks Assistant Curator in American Coin Department

By American Numismatic Society ….. The American Numismatic Society (ANS) seeks an energetic and creative assistant curator to oversee and lead its American Department. The successful candidate will be in charge of the collections of North and South American coins, currency, medals, and related objects. Since its foundation in 1858, the Society has played a […]

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CoinWeek Video: Del Bland: A Collector Remembered

  On Friday, May 3rd, the American Numismatic Society and more than 100 collectors from the Early American Coppers met to celebrate and honor the life of Del Bland. Del Bland passed away on October 16, 2018. A lifelong collector, Del began his numismatic journey in 1950, when at the age of 17, he began filling […]

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Early American Coppers, American Numismatic Society to Remember Specialist and Friend Del Bland

On Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Early American Coppers (EAC) Convention in Dayton, Ohio, the EAC and the American Numismatic Society (ANS) will host a get-together to allow the many friends and colleagues of the late Del Bland to remember, celebrate, and honor this extraordinary man. He passed away on October 16, 2018. Delmar […]

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Harvey G. Stack Awarded Honorary Life Fellowship From ANS

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Harvey G. Stack, Co-Founder of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, received the Honorary Life Fellow Award from the American Numismatic Society (ANS) for 50 years of dedicated service, gifts and support for the Society. It is one of the foremost honors an American numismatist can receive. Approached for comment, Harvey Stack gave […]

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Announcing the 65th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics

65th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics June 3 through July 26, 2019   Study at the Foremost Seminar in Numismatic Methods, Theory, and Data Science   For over half a century. the American Numismatic Society (ANS), a scholarly organization and museum of coin, money, and economic history has offered select graduate […]

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ANS Acquires Del Bland Archive of United States Large Cent Research

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the vast archive of research data assembled by United States large cent expert Del Bland, who died in late 2018. Nearly 50 years ago, Bland began scouring auction catalogs, meticulously compiling information on the condition, sale prices, and ownership of large cents. By […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Seleucids and Their Coins: Part I

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. MURDEROUS AND TREACHEROUS, the Seleucids, a Greek dynasty who ruled much of the Middle East from 312 to 64 BCE, were a nasty lot. But they had exquisite artistic taste, rather like those brutal Italian Renaissance princes who sponsored sculptors, painters and architects who created sublime masterpieces of enduring […]

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Ancient Coin News – ANS Announces Ptolemaic Coins Online

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of a new web-based research tool: Ptolemaic Coins Online (PCO). As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project, PCO is a new research tool intended to provide wide access to the coins listed in the print volumes of Coins […]

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Ancient Coin News – ANS Releases Seleucid Coins Online Version 2

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of version 2 (v.2) of the web-based research tool: Seleucid Coins Online (SCO). As a component of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) project, SCO aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the coinages struck by the Seleucid kings between […]

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ANS to Present 2018 Huntington Award at December Ceremony

The Trustees of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) have voted to bestow upon Dr. John M. Kleeberg the 2018 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his scholarly work on modern numismatics. The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 6:00 P.M. at the American Numismatic Society, 75 Varick Street, floor […]

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ANS buys medal archive

Archives of the Medallic Art Company have been purchased by the American Numismatic Society.
More than 50,000 individual items such as medals, dies, galvanos, plaques, and paper and digital archives were sold to ANS for $420,000 in bankruptcy proceedings of the Northwest Territorial Mint in a Seattle court.
Medallic Art Company archives have been purchased by the American Numismatic Society

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Acquisition of Medallic Art Company archives

The American Numismatic Society has announced the acquisition of the archives of the Medallic Art Company, one of America’s oldest and most important private mints.
The archive, which consists of more than 50,000 individual items such as medals, dies, galvanos, plaques, and paper and digital archives, was sold to the Society for $420,000 in bankruptcy proceedings of the Northwest Territorial Mint (NWTM) in a Seattle court

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Acquisition of Medallic Art Company archives

The American Numismatic Society has announced the acquisition of the archives of the Medallic Art Company, one of America’s oldest and most important private mints.
The archive, which consists of more than 50,000 individual items such as medals, dies, galvanos, plaques, and paper and digital archives, was sold to the Society for $420,000 in bankruptcy proceedings of the Northwest Territorial Mint (NWTM) in a Seattle court

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The ANS Acquires the Archives of the Medallic Art Company

Medallic Art Company Dies for the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to Captain Arthur Henry Rostron for the rescue of victims from the sinking of the It was sculpted in 1913 by John Flanagan who would later design both sides of the Washington U.S. quarter-dollar coin. The archive, which consists of more than 50,000 individual […]

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The American Numismatic Society Announces Michael Gasvoda as 2019 Gala Honoree

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 10, 2019, it will honor its esteemed former First Vice President Michael Gasvoda with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner at the Harvard Club in New York City.   Mr. Michael Gasvoda has been a collector for decades, and has at various […]

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American Numismatic Society Bestows 2017 J. Sanford Saltus Award to Bogomil Nikolov

American Numismatic Society….. Bulgarian artist Bogomil Nikolov is the recipient of the 2017 J. Sanford Saltus Award for excellence in medallic art, which will be awarded to him at an event held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The ceremony will take place at the Gallery of the National Academy of Arts on October 8, 2018, at 6 […]

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American Numismatic Society announces gift from Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society

For over sixty years the American Numismatic Society (ANS) has offered an intense eight week long summer course in numismatics to select graduate students. Always interested in numismatic education, Eric P. Newman’s generous lifetime endowment of the ANS’s Summer Seminar has allowed the ANS to continue to train new generations of numismatists. Following Mr. Newman’s […]

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Ancient Greek Coins – The Peak of Classical Artistry

Ancient Greek Coins By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC Lampsakos has a storied past, having been a frequent source of contention between battling powers, changing hands between Lydia, Persia, Athens, and Sparta between the sixth and fifth centuries BCE. It was the first ancient Greek coins from city-state to see its gold coinage […]

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American Numismatic Society Massive Two-Week Summer Numismatic Books Sale

American Numismatic Society Massive Two-Week Summer Numismatic Books Sale The ANA has so many numismatic books and journals on the horizon (and from the past few years) that we need to make space for this bumper crop of new arrivals! We are offering a special midsummer sale, so if you missed out on your numismatic […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library

 CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. John W. Adams is a consummate collector and numismatic scholar, whose focus over many decades of activity has included studies into United States large […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library

 CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. John W. Adams is a consummate collector and numismatic scholar, whose focus over many decades of activity has included studies into United States large […]

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ANS Gives 2018 Saltus Award to Dutch Medallist Geer Steyn

Dutch artist Geer Steyn became the 57th recipient of the J. Sanford Saltus Award for excellence in medallic art at the biannual conference of the International Art Medal Federation (FIDEM) in Ottawa, Ontario on May 29, 2018. Donald Scarinci, Chairman of the Saltus Award Committee of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) presented the award at […]

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Geer Steyn receives the 2018 J. Sanford Saltus Award

Dutch artist Geer Steyn became the 57th recipient of the J. Sanford Saltus Award for excellence in medallic art at the biannual conference of the International Art Medal Federation (FIDEM) in Ottawa, Ontario on May 29, 2018

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American Numismatic Society Announces Walter Scheidel as 2018 Fowler Memorial Lecturer

            The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is delighted to announce that the 2018 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture will be presented by Walter Scheidel, Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford University, and Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Ancient Coinage of Yemen

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz …. The ancient coinage of Southern Arabia is one of the most obscure branches of numismatics. In origin it is Greek; but in development it is Semitic. For the proper study of it a numismatist who is equally well equipped on the Greek and Semitic side is required; […]

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Latest Numismatic Books Arrive at Kolbe & Fanning

Kolbe & Fanning have been adding new publications to our website and restocking other recent works in an effort to expand our online retail offerings of numismatic books. Recent additions include: All currently available volumes of the Monete Italiane Regionali series published by Varesi. New publications by the American Numismatic Society (ANS), including Brian Stickney’s […]

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The American Numismatic Society 2018 Annual Gala Dinner

On Thursday, January 11, 2018, approximately 180 friends of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) gathered to honor the Rosen Family with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner, held at the Harvard Club in New York City. The Society was delighted to acknowledge the family’s exemplary devotion and commitment. The Rosens have supported the […]

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Ancient Coins – ANS Introduces Seleucid Coins Online Numismatic Reference

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of a new web-based research tool: Seleucid Coins Online (SCO) (numismatics.org/sco). As a component of the National Endowment of the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) project (see numismatics.org/pocketchange/neh-hrc), SCO aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the coinages struck by the Seleucid kings between […]

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American Numismatic Society Announces 2018 Gala Honorees

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 11, 2018, it will honor the Rosen Family with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner at the Harvard Club in New York City. The Rosen Family have been generous supporters of the ANS for over four decades and have greatly […]

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ANS Introduces 160,000 High-Res Downloadable Coin Images to Website

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce a new image-zooming feature in MANTIS (http://numismatics.org/search), the online database of its numismatic collection, and ARCHER (http://numismatis.org/archives), the Society’s digital archive. The ANS will now make its highest-resolution images freely available under a Creative Commons license, enabling researchers to zoom down into minute details of an […]

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Exciting Early American Coins Highlight Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2017 Baltimore Auction will be truly monumental, rivaling the most spectacular events of the past five years in quality and quantity of offerings. The sale will feature selections from the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation, the Alexander and Murray Hill Collections, and other important properties, as well as a fantastic selection […]

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American Numismatic Society, Google Arts Partner for Online Exhibits

The American Numismatic Society has partnered with Google Arts & Culture to present online exhibits of its collections through the Google Cultural Institute. This free platform allows the ANS to showcase its collections and exhibitions through leveraging web design tools created by Google for non-profit cultural institutions. In presenting its exhibitions online through Google, the […]

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The Greatest U.S. Coin Collections Ever Auctioned, Part 3: McCoy in 1864

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #390 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. This series is about comprehensive collections of classic U.S coins (1793-1934) that were offered, at least in large part, at public auctions. The first comprehensive collection of U.S. coins to be auctioned this […]

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The Greatest U.S. Coin Collections Ever Auctioned, Part 2: Parmelee

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #387 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. This is the second discussion in a series about comprehensive collections of classic U.S coins (1793-1934) that were offered, at least in large part, in public auctions. Perhaps the greatest collection of classic […]

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British Museum’s Roger Bland to Receive 2017 Huntington Award from ANS

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) awards its 2017 Archer M. Huntington Award for Excellence in Numismatic Scholarship to Dr. Roger Bland. The Trustees of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) have voted to award Dr. Roger Bland the 2017 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his outstanding career contributions to numismatic scholarship. The award ceremony […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …..   Benjamin and Norman Visit Stack’s Benjamin and Norman Stack, brothers and my first cousins, were the sons of Joseph B. Stack, my father’s brother. Like me they were constant visitors to our store on Sixth Avenue. Benjamin was Norman’s older brother by less than two […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …..   Benjamin and Norman Visit Stack’s Benjamin and Norman Stack, brothers and my first cousins, were the sons of Joseph B. Stack, my father’s brother. Like me they were constant visitors to our store on Sixth Avenue. Benjamin was Norman’s older brother by less than two […]

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An Update from the Newman Numismatic Portal Website

By Len Augsburger – Newman Numismatic Portal …… June is typically a slow month for the numismatic business as collectors tend to be out and about and transitioning into summer activities. Not so at the Newman Numismatic Portal – in fact, summer is our busy season as students are looking for work and are less […]

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An Update from the Newman Numismatic Portal Website

By Len Augsburger – Newman Numismatic Portal ……   June is typically a slow month for the numismatic business as collectors tend to be out and about and transitioning into summer activities. Not so at the Newman Numismatic Portal – in fact, summer is our busy season as students are looking for work and are […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for June 16, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 16, 2017 Brain Food 1.) What’s the Difference Between the Edge and the Rim of a Coin? The edge runs around the entire circumference of the coin, and is the portion that has the reeding on it if it’s a dime or quarter dollar. The rim is […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017 Brain Food 1.) How Learning to Love Coins Made the Vikings Modern The Vikings originally traded with precious metals by weight, known as a “bullion economy.” They accepted coins from other nations, but only as their weight value in gold or silver. As the Vikings […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017 Brain Food 1.) How Learning to Love Coins Made the Vikings Modern The Vikings originally traded with precious metals by weight, known as a “bullion economy.” They accepted coins from other nations, but only as their weight value in gold or silver. As the […]

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American Numismatic Society Launches Image-Based Identification for Roman Coins

  New ANS Database makes it easier to identify Roman Coins… The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce a new interface for Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE), which allows non-specialists, hobbyists, collectors, archaeologists, and others to browse Roman Imperial coins by image for free online. People can compare the coins in […]

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Rare Gold Coin Sponsors Building of New Church

By Shaquille Brissett for Gainesville Coins …. The church is typically kept strong by the contributions of its people. One patron, though, has taken the practice of paying tithes to new heights. An anonymous woman donated an 1866 proof gold $20 coin to the GracePoint Church of Valparaiso, Indiana. The donation will be used to […]

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American Numismatic Society Awarded Funding for Humanities Open Book Program

The digitization of the American Numismatic Society’s (ANS) backlist of monographs has been funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as part of the joint NEH-Mellon Humanities Open Book Program. All of the ANS’s book-length publications through 2010 will be made available for free online for anyone to use. The ANS is one of the […]

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From Crime to Punishment – Counterfeit and Debased Currencies In Colonial and Pre-Federal America

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. From Crime to Punishment: Counterfeit & Debased Currencies In Colonial and Pre-Federal America, by Dr. Philip L. Mossman “The Spanish Milled Dollar The Coin of Our Nation’s Founders” These words […]

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Ancient Greek Coins – The Peak of Classical Artistry

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ….. Lampsakos has a storied past, having been a frequent source of contention between battling powers, changing hands between Lydia, Persia, Athens, and Sparta between the sixth and fifth centuries BCE. It was the first Greek city-state to see its gold coinage reach broad […]

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ANS Receives NEH Grant, Announces Fowler Memorial Lecture Presenter

National Endowment for the Humanities Funds ANS Hellenistic Royal Coinages Project   The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the American Numismatic Society (ANS) a substantial grant of $262,000 to fund the web-based Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) project. Under the direction of Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen and Director of Data Science Ethan […]

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US Coins – Pogue Sale Part V: The Landmark Hines 1799 Cent

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ….   Fact: The most popular American series to collect by die varieties is copper cents from 1793 to 1857. Fact: The most famous single coin in large cent lore and tradition is the Henry Hines 1799 cent, the only known Mint State example. Crossing the auction block […]

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Stack’s Bowers Auctions – Get Ready for the Dexter Specimen of the 1804 Dollar, the “King of American Coins”

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers …. Second Finest Known! The 1804 silver dollar is the very definition of the icon of American numismatics. For over 150 years more has been written about this rarity than for the next several combined! When it was crowned as “king” we don’t know. George G. Evans in […]

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Stack’s Bowers Auctions – Get Ready for the Dexter Specimen of the 1804 Dollar, the “King of American Coins”

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ….   One of the Finest Known! The 1804 silver dollar is the very definition of the icon of American numismatics. For over 150 years more has been written about this rarity than for the next several combined! When it was crowned as “king” we don’t know. George […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for February 3, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for February 3, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Coins discovery ‘will re-write’ Anglo-Saxon history Historians say an entire chapter of the Anglo-Saxon period will have to be re-written after a metal detectorist found a huge hoard of coins in a field. James Mather made the discovery of 200 complete silver […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for February 3, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for February 3, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Coins discovery ‘will re-write’ Anglo-Saxon history Historians say an entire chapter of the Anglo-Saxon period will have to be re-written after a metal detectorist found a huge hoard of coins in a field. James Mather made the discovery of 200 complete […]

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New “Money Talks” Lecture Series from American Numismatic Society

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) curators and Fellows are pleased to announce a new lecture series, “Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations”, that begins in January 2017. In this monthly interactive lecture series, meant to introduce topics of general numismatic interest to members and the general public, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to ANS curators […]

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American Numismatic Society Presents Trustees’ Award at 2017 ANS Gala

On Thursday, January 12, 2017, over 150 friends of The American Numismatic Society (ANS) gathered to honor Anthony J. Terranova, the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society and the Newman Numismatic Portal with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Anthony Terranova, a noted collector, dealer, […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Modern Fakes of Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   “To declare that a forged coin is genuine is a mistake, but to declare that a genuine coin is a forgery is a crime.” –Leo Mildenberg (1913 – 2001)[1] FOR CLASSICAL NUMISMATISTS any discussion of fake ancient coins is… a delicate subject. Dealers worry that fear of fakes […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Modern Fakes of Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. “To declare that a forged coin is genuine is a mistake, but to declare that a genuine coin is a forgery is a crime.” –Leo Mildenberg (1913 – 2001)[1] FOR CLASSICAL NUMISMATISTS any discussion of fake ancient coins is… a delicate subject. Dealers worry that fear of fakes will […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for November 18, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for November 18, 2016 Brain Food 1.) The priceless legacy of P.L. Gupta We owe a great debt to coin collector P.L. Gupta, whose career continues to shape the study of the monetary and numismatic history of India… 2.) A Brief History of the Racketeer Nickel [T]he Deadwood nickel is […]

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American Numismatic Society Announces 2017 Gala Honorees

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 12, 2017, it will honor its esteemed patron Anthony J. Terranova with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The distinction of the Trustees’ Award will also be conferred upon the Eric P. […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 21, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 21, 2016 Brain Food 1.) What is the Average Lifespan of a Coin? Coins are tough little devils. Over the course of a coins’ lifespan, they will be dropped, kicked, stepped on, possibly run over by a vehicle, or involved in some children’s experiment to discover just how […]

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Daniel Frank Sedwick’s The Cob Report – Notes from the 2016 U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association Convention

By Cori Sedwick Downing – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC …… Last week Dan, Connor Falk (our new employee) and I traveled to Arizona ahead of Hurricane Matthew to show auction lots for our upcoming Auction #20 (more to follow on that tomorrow!) and give some presentations. We were a little unsure about leaving with a […]

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NGC Ancient Coins: Redefining the Biblical Widow’s Mite

The traditional, narrow definition of the biblical Widow’s Mite is in need of revision The Biblical Widow’s Mite is among the most familiar, yet most mysterious, coins of antiquity. Truth be told, we don’t know exactly what it was. The best place to start is the New Testament, where the widow’s offering is described in […]

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The King Among Rarities: A Brief History of the United States 1804 Dollar

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. In all of numismatics of the entire world, there is not today and there never has been a single coin which was and is the subject of so much romance, interest, comment, and upon which so much has been written and so much talked about and discussed as the […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Merovingians

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. The Franks had little idea of the state as a public institution, and the regnum Francorum (kingdom of the Franks), while remaining a family inheritance, was inherited according to the rules of private law, divided on each occasion between the sons or nearest male relatives of the deceased (Grierson […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Merovingians

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   The Franks had little idea of the state as a public institution, and the regnum Francorum (kingdom of the Franks), while remaining a family inheritance, was inherited according to the rules of private law, divided on each occasion between the sons or nearest male relatives of the deceased […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 26, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for August 19, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Rare coins in rare places While finding one or more rare coins in a totally unexpected location doesn’t happen very often, it does happen. Here are three stories about rare coins found in surprising spots… 2.) Some interesting facts about Indian currency […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 19, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for August 19, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Gold Is Hot This Year. So Are Fakes “If we sit and wait around for the government to take care of it, we’ll all be in real trouble,“ said Terry Hanlon, president of Dillon Gage Metals, a wholesale precious-metals trader… 2.) A […]

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American Numismatic Society Announces Launch of New Website

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is delighted to announce the debut of its new website, numismatics.org, which features improved navigation, search capability, and user interface to help numismatists explore, learn, shop, and conduct research with ease. The newly-launched website maintains the same domain name as the previous site, and allows for all the same information […]

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ANA News – Notable Numismatists Honored with Service Awards

Recipients recognized at Anaheim World’s Fair of Money Awards Banquet The recipients of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) 2016 Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award, Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Numismatist of the Year Award, and the Burnett Anderson Memorial Award will be formally recognized at the […]

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CoinWeek Weekly Coin & Currency News Roundup – April 8, 2016

By Coinweek …. This week, we visit Peruvian counterfeiters, tour the Karlsruhe Mint in Germany and find out whether those coin counting machines at your local bank or grocery store are accurate. And we check in on a lot of news coming out of India. We also touch upon the Panama Papers, and reveal a […]

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CoinWeek’s Weekly Coin and Currency News Roundup – March 11, 2016

By Coinweek …. Welcome to the latest edition of CoinWeek’s Weekly Coin and Currency News Roundup. In this series we recap some of the cool, interesting, offbeat, ludicrous and maybe even disturbing news items that we’ve read over the past week.   Brain Food 1.) The Iron Bank Will Have Its Due No, that’s not […]

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Newman Numismatic Portal Announces Opening of Numismatic Research Site

By Newman Numismatic Portal …… The Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) is now live and open to the general public at NewmanPortal.org. Funded by the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES), NNP is administered through Washington University in St. Louis, and aims to provide the most comprehensive numismatic resources available on the Internet. “I have […]

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CoinWeek’s Weekly News Roundup – March 4, 2016

By Coinweek …. Here is a recap of some of the interesting, offbeat and other news items CoinWeek has come across this week. Brain Food 1.) The Evolution of Money Alex Hernandez, tech writer and founder of smartphone and computer technology site Techaeris.com, writes a brief introduction to the history of money and monetary payment […]

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ANS Awards 2016 Archer M. Huntington Award to Dr. Michael Alram

Dr. Michael Alram the 2016 ANS Archer M. Huntington Award Winner The Trustees of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) have voted to award Dr. Michael Alram the 2016 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his outstanding career contributions to numismatic scholarship. The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 6:00 […]

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American Numismatic Society Publishes Banknotes of the Imperial Bank of Persia

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is delighted to offer The Banknotes of the Imperial Bank of Persia, by Michael E. Bonine. This hardcover, 148-page book is a study of this first bank in Iran to issue banknotes and attempt to establish a modern banking system, and the rivalry between Britain and Russia for influence and […]

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American Numismatic Society: Aneurin Ellis-Evans to Present 2016 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is delighted to announce that the 2016 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture will be presented by Aneurin Ellis-Evans, Junior Research Fellow in Classics at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, 12 April, 2016 at the American Numismatic Society, 75 Varick Street, Floor 11, […]

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ANS Loans Rare Roman Coins for Bulgari Exhibit

The America Numismatic Society (ANS) has loaned a selection of very rare ancient Roman coins to Italian jeweler Bulgari for their upcoming exhibit “Bulgari & Rome: Eternal Inspiration,” a Roman-inspired jewelry exhibition celebrating Bulgari’s heritage. This short-run exhibition features 18 unique Roman pieces from the Society’s collection alongside the showcased jewelry. Particular highlights from the […]

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Ursula Kampmann to Receive 2015 Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing

Ursula Kampmann is the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing. This award is presented annually to an author, journalist or researcher in recognition of their career contributions to the hobby. The award is sponsored by F&W Publications, and the winner is selected in a cooperative process by […]

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Coinage of Kyrene: A Greek City in Libya

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. THE JEBEL AKHDAR OR “GREEN MOUNTAINS” OF LIBYA stretches eastward from Benghazi for a hundred miles (160 km) along the coast. With an average annual rainfall of 15-20 inches (375-500 mm), these limestone hills are the most forested region in North Africa. In ancient times, before centuries of […]

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Those Darned Etruscans: Coins of the Rasna

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz… THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN TUSCANY before the Romans are often described as “enigmatic” or “mysterious.” We know them as “Etruscans”[1] from the name that the Romans called them; they called themselves “Rasna.” The last speakers of the Etruscan language probably died out in the first century of […]

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ANS Introduces Roman Coin Research tool – The 2015 Gala Dinner – New Director of Publications

Coinage of the Roman Republic Online Today, in collaboration with the British Museum and the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the ANS launches another major new tool to aid in the identification, research and cataloging of the coins of the ancient world. Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (CRRO) continues the precedent set […]

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American Numismatic Society to Present Study Seminar on Forgery Basics at S.F. Historical Bourse

The American Numismatic Society and the San Francisco Historical Bourse announce a study seminar on The Basics of Numismatic Forgeries, featuring presentations by Dr. Ute Wartenberg, Executive Director of the ANS, and David Hendin, ANS adjunct curator. They will be followed by a panel discussion with Wartenberg, Hendin, Frank Kovacs of San Francisco, and Victor England […]

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First Read: Howland Wood’s The Commemorative Coinage of the United States

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Essay by David Provost for CoinWeek…. Numismatic Notes & Monographs, No. 16: The Commemorative Coinage of the United States, by Howland Wood Every coin series has its “first” – the first published volume that catalogues each of the coins […]

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The American Numismatic Society Announces 2015 Gala Honorees

The American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 8, 2015, the Society will honor longtime benefactors Elizabeth and Stanley DeForest Scott with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Dinner Gala. The event will be held at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The Scotts have been closely involved with […]

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