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. The original objectives of the ANS, “the collection and preservation of coins and medals, the investigation of matters connected therewith, and the popularization of the science of Numismatics,” have evolved into the mission approved by the Society‘s Board of Trustees in 2003:

“The object and mission of the Society shall be the creation and maintenance of the preeminent national institution advancing the study and public appreciation of coins, currency, medals, orders and decorations, and related objects of all cultures as historical and artistic documents and artifacts; by maintaining the foremost numismatic collection, museum, and library; by supporting scholarly research and publications; and by sponsoring educational and interpretive programs for diverse audiences.”

ans2The membership of the ANS comprises, in the main, academics, serious collectors and professional numismatists, concentrated in the United States but with a substantial international component. Applicants for membership are proposed for election by the Society‘s Board of Trustees at its regular meetings. Membership classes and numbers as of October 2004 include:

  • Associates (open to all with a serious interest in numismatics) – 1875 individual, 112 institutional
  • Fellows and Honorary Fellows (limited in number to 225 and empowered to vote on Society business) – 198 individual
  • Corresponding Members (open to foreign scholars of distinction) – 54 individual

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Recent Club News

American Numismatic Society Twitter Followers Exceeds 5,000


The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that @anscoins, the Society’s Twitter account, now has over 5,000 followers. In keeping with the mission of the ANS to promote and advance the study, research, and appreciation of numismatics, this milestone bodes well for our increased communication on social media platforms.

@anscoins is frequently updated with a variety of numismatic posts, including Society program updates and accomplishments, new publications, lectures and events, and items from the ANS’s regularly updated, award-winning blog Pocket Change. Twiter is a significant part of the ANS’s social media suite, which includes Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Pinterest, and Instagram.

The Society’s continual progress on the digital front also includes making our collections–numismatic items from the vault as well as the Harry W. Bass Library–online for the interested public, researchers and scholars. Current projects include converting monographs (pre-2010) into ebooks, a new “Identify a Coin” feature to the Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) database, and creating a new portal for Hellenistic royal coinages, all of which enable the opportunity for greater research and understanding of numismatics in the wider world.