The ANS Hosts the 64th Eric P. Newman Summer Graduate Seminar in Numismatics

By Maggie Pavao

In June and July, the American Numismatic Society held the 64th Eric P. Newman Summer Graduate Seminar in Numismatics, directed by Dr. Peter van Alfen, with Prof. Mariangela Puglisi of the University of Messina as its visiting scholar. Eight students from all across the world attended, including Stanford University, Boston University, University of Texas, Austin, University of California, Berkeley, University of British Columbia, University of Warwick, and Jagiellonian University in Krakow. A wide range of topics and numismatic skillsets were covered, including die recognition and quantitative aspects (e.g. the use of statistics, metallic analysis, weight, and hoard analysis).

The seminar speakers, both from the ANS and outside institutions, worked on a wide array of specific coinages from classic Antiquity to Islamic, Indian or Chinese traditions, including more modern and contemporary periods in the Americas and elsewhere. As a result, the students were able to put together an impressive set of final presentations dealing with archaic Sicily, classic Greece, the Roman Imperial period, and the Byzantine Empire. The ANS summer seminar represents a unique opportunity in the US for select graduate students and junior faculty to become acquainted with the main aspects of numismatics and work hands-on with one of the world‘s preeminent numismatic collections.

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