Registration for COAC 2021 is Open

Victor David Brenner is primarily known for designing the Lincoln Cent.
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The American Numismatic Society announces the reintroduction of the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) from 17th to 18th September 2021. Since the mid-1980s, COACs have been considered the leading venue for the presentation of academic research that pertains to numismatics of the Western Hemisphere. COAC 2021 will delve into famed sculptor, Victor David Brenner, for the 150th anniversary of his birth in 1871. Born in what is now Lithuania, Brenner initially followed in the family business of jewel engraving before immigrating to the United States in 1890. After studying in both the United States and, most notably, in Paris with Oscar Roty, Brenner quickly positioned himself to become one of the foremost medallists in the United States. While his most well-known piece is, undoubtedly, the Lincoln Cent of 1909, Brenner created more than 200 medallic works of art throughout his illustrious 35-year career. He produced works privately, for the United States Mint, the Medallic Art Co., and several other producers of the early 20th century. Even in his own lifetime, his rise to fame in America during a time of mass immigration to the United States was heralded as the ultimate achievement of the American Dream.

For members of the ANS virtual attendance is free. The in-person attendance cost $150. Non-members can participate online for $150. Scholarships are available for non-member students. Contact Austin Goodwin Andrews for more information.


  • Chrispher Bach (Independent Researcher)
  • George Cuhaj (ANS Fellow, Independent Researcher)
  • Taylor Hartley (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
  • Jonathan Kagan (ANS Trustee, Independent Researcher)
  • Jesse Kraft (ANS Assistant Curator of American Numismatics)
  • Patrick McMahon (MFA Boston)
  • Scott H. Miller (ANS Fellow, Independent Researcher)
  • Mark Schlepphorst (Independent Researcher)
  • Peter van Alfen (ANS Chief Curator)

In compliance with the New York City vaccine mandate for public indoor spaces, the ANS is currently requiring all visitors to be fully vaccinated.

Portrait of Victor David Brenner seated in a studio-like setting with a plaster model of the large design for the Lincoln cent. 1909.

Program of COAC 2021

Friday, September 17

  • 9 AM Eastern Time – Coffee
  • 9:30 AM Eastern Time – Introduction and Welcome (Jesse Kraft)
  • 10 AM Eastern Time – Francis D. Millet and Victor Brenner: The Path to the Penny (Jonathan Kagan)
  • 11 AM Eastern Time – Victor D. Brenner and the Medallic Art Co. (Jesse Kraft)
  • 12 PM Eastern Time – Lunch Break
  • 1 PM Eastern Time – Victor D. Brenner and the Prince Henry of Prussia Medal (Peter van Alfen)
  • 2 PM Eastern Time – Victor David Brenner’s Society of the Cincinnati Medal in Context (Patrick McMahon)
  • 3 PM Eastern Time – Brenner’s two railroad theme medals – Chauncey DePew and the Southern Railway (George Cuhaj)

Saturday, September 18

  • 9 AM Eastern Time – Coffee
  • 10 AM Eastern Time – A Song to Brenner: Victor David Brenner’s A Song to Nature, Public Art, and Sculpture in the Round (Taylor Hartley)
  • 11 PM Eastern Time – A Trial List of Non-Medallic Sculpture by Victor D. Brenner (Scott H. Miller)
  • 12 PM Eastern Time – Lunch Break
  • 1 PM Eastern Time – Unpublished Victor D. Brenner Documents in the ANS Archives (Mark Schlepphorst)
  • 2 PM Eastern Time – Victor D. Brenner and the Painterly Influence of Joaquín Sorolla (Christopher J. Bach)
  • 3 PM Eastern Time – New Discoveries in the Works of Victor D. Brenner (Jesse Kraft, Patrick McMahon, Scott H. Miller)


Here you can do the registration for the COCA 2021.

Further information about the conference can be found on the ANS website.