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 Response, ca. 1750–1857”, and where he obtained a certificate in Museum Studies. In his earlier studies at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, he wrote an MA thesis on the circulation of Spanish-American silver in Scotland, and a BA thesis on the transition from the large to small US cent in 1840–1857. While completing his graduate studies, Dr. Kraft worked at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library in Winterthur, Delaware as a Curatorial Assistant and Storage Project Manager. In addition, he completed internships at the Delaware Historical Society and at the American Numismatic Society, where in 2017 he was also a student in the Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics.
“We are thrilled that Dr. Kraft accepted our offer after a rather long and competitive search process,“ said American Numismatic Society Executive Director Ute Wartenberg. “He comes to us with an intimate knowledge already of the Society and a good knowledge of museum work. We very much look forward to having him join our curatorial team.”
Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan, who has served as the executive director of the American Numismatic Society since 1999, has herself transitioned, as of November 1, to a new research curator role. She announced her resignation from her post in the current issue of ANS Magazine.
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The American Numismatic Society (ANS), 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.