Squaring the Circle: The Andor Orand Squared Quarter

By John Thomassen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   Quite often, coming across a previously unknown-to-you numismatic object can send one spiraling down a rabbit...

Images and Symbols of Egyptian Gods on Ancient Coins

By Austin Andrews for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   With its range of hawk-headed and half-mummified deities, the Egyptian pantheon has inspired devotion and intrigue...
The Changing Iconography of Byzantine Gold Coins

The Changing Iconography of Byzantine Gold Coins

By Elena Stolyarik for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   The Byzantine Empire, which lasted more than a thousand years, had one of the most monetized...

World War II Barter Kits

By David Hill for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   A researcher’s inquiry recently got me thinking about an interesting item I’d once found in a...
Coins and Their Target Audiences in the Roman Empire

Coins and Their Target Audiences in the Roman Empire

By Nathan Elkins for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   I spend a lot of time thinking about the significance and intent behind certain images on...
New Candidate for Oldest U.S. Numismatic Society Discovered

New Candidate for Oldest U.S. Numismatic Society Discovered

By David Hill for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   A couple of months ago, friend and fellow numismatic researcher Joel Orosz sent me a news...
Dispatches From a Week in Numismatics - Charles Morgan

Dispatches From a Week in Numismatics

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek .....   Hello, CoinWeek readers. As we wrap up the final days of winter, I thought I'd write a few words...

2020 American Numismatic Society Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics Now Accepting Applications

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is now accepting applications for the 66th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics to be held...
Treasure (Rhode) Island? Henry Every and Yemeni Coins Found in New England

Treasure (Rhode) Island? Henry Every and Yemeni Coins Found in New England

By Oliver Hoover for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   On April 1, 2021, the Associated Press ran a story about a handful of small silver...
The First Italia on Coinage: Ancient Coins of Italy

The First Italia on Coinage: Ancient Coins of Italy

By Lucia Carbone for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   The coin in Fig. 1 represents the first attestation of the name Italia on coinage. It...

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...

The Franc: A Coin, a Currency, an Orphan

By Gilles Bransbourg for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   The Franc is one of the oldest and most widespread currency units in the world, currently...

Islamic and Medieval Coins: New Years and Old Years

By David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   This essay is being written on December 31, 2021, to be posted on January 4, 2022....
William Shakespeare Medal Reunited With Family

William Shakespeare Medal Reunited With Family

By John Thomassen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   One of the more fascinating aspects of the American Numismatic Society’s (ANS) eBay store are the...
The Coins That Aren't There - David Yoon, American Numismatic Society (ANS)

The Coins That Aren’t There

By David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   It has long been said that the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. This...

The ANS Lyceum: New Online Educational Program to Begin March 31

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) announces the ANS Lyceum, a new online educational program. Over the course of several weeks, participants will have the...
Numismatics in Videogames - Caesar in Fallout: New Vegas

Numismatics in Videogames – Caesar in Fallout: New Vegas

By Eduardo García-Molina - American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   While Obsidian Entertainment’s Fallout: New Vegas is more than a decade old, it’s still hailed as...

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...
Pontus tetradrachm

When Being a Friend of Rome Makes You a King (or a Queen)

By Lucia Carbone for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   In the winter of 88 BCE, the Roman proconsul Gaius Cassius found himself in a bind....
ANS Library Acquires Rare Charles Bushnell Volumes

ANS Library Acquires Rare Charles Bushnell Volumes

By David Hill for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   Charles Ira Bushnell had one of the top two or three coin collections in the United...
COAC 2021: The Victor David Brenner Centennial

COAC 2021: The Victor David Brenner Centennial

By Peter van Alfen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   After a hiatus of a dozen years, this last Friday and Saturday (17–18 September) saw...

Language and the Successful Circulation of Money in the United States

By Jesse Kraft for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   Prior to the adoption of the United States dollar with the Mint Act of 1792, the...

Coin Photography: ANS eBay Store Behind-the-Scenes

By John Thomassen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   As the ANS continues to make duplicates from its collection available on eBay, it may be...
Identifying Ancient Roman Coins: An OCRE Tool - American Numismatic Society (ANS)

Identifying Ancient Roman Coins: An OCRE Tool

By Nathan Elkins for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   Although fundamental to our discipline, one of the most difficult skills to teach aspiring Roman numismatists...

The Coin Analyst: 2016: Year in Review

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ......   Let’s face it – the year 2016 kept the news media industry busy. International terrorism, the mosquito-borne Zika virus,...
The First Athenian Owls

The First Athenian Owls: Symbols of What, Exactly?

By Peter van Alfen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   On the bills and coins that we use today, we recognize the link between the...
Coffee and tea: A Caffeinated Tour of the American Numismatic Society Collection (ANS)

A Caffeinated Tour of the American Numismatic Society Collection

By John Thomassen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   In the world of humorous coffee shop signs, there is one that has always rung particularly...

Far From Home: Ancient and Medieval Coins That Traveled

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   MANY ANCIENT COINS circulated in a narrow area, sometimes just a single city-state of a few thousand...
Ancient and Medieval Coins With Two-Sided Legends

Ancient and Medieval Coins With Two-Sided Legends

By David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   Many--probably most--coins do not have any inherent directionality in the images or legends on their two...
Early Modern World Coins: The Ottoman Kuruş and the Control of Money

Early Modern World Coins: The Ottoman Kuruş and the Control of Money

By Ellen Nye and David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   In August 2018, as the country of Turkey faced a currency crisis, its...