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

ans1The 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 of Classical Numismatic Group.

The seminar will take place at the San Francisco Historical Bourse on Friday, December 12, at 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, 1500 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94109.

Dr. Wartenberg was the curator of Funny Money: the Fight of the United States Secret Service against Counterfeit Money, a 2010 exhibition at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. While organizing this exhibition with the US Secret Service, she handled a variety of US counterfeit currency. She has also consulted widely regarding ancient forgeries.
Hendin has made an extensive study of forgeries of ancient coins, and is author of NOT KOSHER: Forgeries of Ancient Jewish and Biblical Coins, and other books. Hendin also consults frequently with institutions and organizations on this topic.

Kovacs is a retired coin dealer and widely recognized authority on forgeries.

England is U.S. director of Classical Numismatic Group, a leading worldwide dealer in ancient and world coins.

“We will discuss the various levels of forgeries and the similarities in manufacture between forgeries of ancient and modern coins and currency,” said Dr. Wartenberg. “We will begin to introduce various techniques for detecting forgeries, many of which collectors can take advantage.”

John Jencek, owner of the San Francisco Historical Bourse, added that he was “delighted that this presentation will have a practical orientation for collectors, and will go beyond only ancient coins.”

For further information about the American Numismatic Society contact Joanne Isaac at [email protected] or (212) 571 4470 ext. 112.

For further information about the San Francisco Historical Bourse contact John Jencek at [email protected] or call (650) 804 4841 or visit the SFHB website at


About the American Numismatic Society

The American Numismatic Society, organized in 1858 and incorporated in 1865 in New York State, operates as a research museum under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is recognized as a publicly supported organization under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) as confirmed on November 1, 1970.

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