American Numismatic Society


The (ANS) American Numismatic Society is a New York City-based organization dedicated to the study of medals, and coins.

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ANS should not be confused with the Colorado Springs-based American Numismatic Association. The ANS is a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies.

The American Numismatic Society is an organization dedicated to the study of coins, currency, medals, tokens, and related objects from all cultures, past and present. The American Numismatic Society's headquarters in New York City has the most research collection and library specialized in numismatics in the United States. These resources are used to support research and education in numismatics, for the benefit of academic specialists, serious collectors, professional numismatists, and the interested public.
The American Numismatic Society collection of coins, medals and paper currency consists of over 800,000 objects drawn from all periods and cultures. In many fields its collections are the most comprehensive anywhere in the world. The American Numismatic Society's library, home to more than 100,000 books, journals, auction catalogues, manuscripts and archival documents, is the finest numismatic library in existence.
The American Numismatic Society publishes three journals, the American Journal of Numismatics, Numismatic Literature and the Colonial Newsletter, as well as books on coins and medals. The society also publishes The ANS Magazine.
The ANS's permanent exhibit, Drachmas Doubloons and Dollars: The History of Money, is on view at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Coin exhibits include a Brasher doubloon, an 1804 silver dollar, and the 1933 Double Eagle (on loan).
The American Numismatic Society awards the J. Sanford Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal (the "Saltus Award"). The 2009 award recipient was British medallist Ron Dutton.