November 22, 2010 – For over half a century, The American Numismatic Society, a scholarly organization with a museum and library relating to coins, money, and the economic history of all periods, has offered select graduate students and junior faculty the opportunity to work hands-on with one of the world’s preeminent numismatic collections. With over three-quarters of a million objects, the collection is particularly strong in Greek, Roman, Islamic, and Far Eastern coinages, as well as Medallic Art. Located in New York City’s SoHo district, the Society’s museum houses the world’s most complete numismatic library; Seminar students also have access to the libraries of Columbia University and New York University.
The rigorous eight-week course, taught by ANS staff, guest lecturers, and a Visiting Scholar, introduces students to the methods, theories, and history of the discipline. In addition to the lecture program, students will select a numismatic research topic and, utilizing ANS resources, write a paper during the Seminar. The Seminar is intended to provide students of History, Art History, Textual Studies, and Archeology who have little or no numismatic background with a working knowledge of a body of evidence that is often overlooked and poorly understood. Successful applicants are typically doctoral candidates or junior faculty in a related discipline, but MA candidates are admitted as well.
This year’s Visiting Scholar will be Dr. David Wigg-Wolf, Researcher at the Römisch-Germanische Kommission of the German Archeological Institute. Dr. Wigg-Wolf is well known for his research and publications on the Iron Age and Roman coinages of Northern Europe.
Applications are due no later than February 11, 2011. A limited number of stipends of up to $4000 are available to US citizens, and non-US citizens studying at US institutions under J-1 visas. For application forms and further information, please see the Summer Seminar page of our website: http://www.numismatics.org/Seminar, or contact the Seminar Co-Director, Richard Witschonke, at Witschonke@numismatics.org