Gilles Bransbourg Receives French Embassy and ISAW Award

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January 7, 2015 – On November 5, 2015, Benedicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, and The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University presented the insignia of Chevalier of the “Ordre des Palmes Académiques” to Dr Gilles Bransbourg, Adjunct Curator of Roman Coins at the American Numismatic Society (ANS). This esteemed distinction, founded by Napoleon Bonaparte, is France’s oldest non-military decoration and acknowledges the merits, talents, and exemplary activities of those who have rendered eminent service to French education and have contributed actively to the prestige of French culture.

Dr Gilles Bransbourg. Photograph: courtesy of the American Numismatic Society.

Prize winner Dr Gilles Bransbourg was initially a market economist before he decided to focus on History in 2005. In Paris, he concluded his PhD with the title “Fiscalité et enjeux de pouvoir dans le monde romain”. In 2009, he became a member of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, first as a Visiting Research Scholar and then Research Associate from 2011 onward. He moved to the American Numismatic Society in 2011 as an Adjunct Curator of Roman Coins, responsible for handling and researching Roman collections and managing the Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) project. 

Gilles Bransbourg’s main interests lie in the monetary and fiscal history of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean world. Between March and September 2012, he curated the exhibition “Signs of Inflation” at The Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In September 2013, he received a Numismatic Literary Guild award for “Signs of Inflation”, American Numismatic Magazine. 

If you would like to read the award speech for Gilles Bransbourg, please click here.  

This is the website of the ISAW.

Here you can read more about the American Society of the French Academic Palms

And biographical information about Gilles Bransbourg is provided on the ANS website