The Planchet Podcast Episode 3 Now Available

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) has released its third episode of The Planchet, their new-for-2020 podcast. This month’s podcast is titled White Gold: Studies in Early Electrum Coinage and covers early electrum coinage.

For those who don’t know what Electrum Coinage is exactly, it is

Electrum coinage is known as the worlds first coins and ranged from lumps of electrum with no design to intricately designed animals like the popular lion on the obverse side with an incuse punch created during the minting process on the reverse.


Electrum is a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver, with trace amounts of copper and other metals. The ancient Greeks called it ‘gold’ or ‘white gold’, as opposed to ‘refined gold’.

The third episode of The Planchet features guests Dr. Peter van Alfen, Chief Curator for the ANS, and Dr. Ute Wartenberg, Research Curator for the ANS (not to mention its previous Executive Director for 20 years), as they talk about early electrum coinage, archaeology, and a brief history of money.

American Numismatic Society

Currently, the ANS plans to produced a one-hour long podcast each month. There will also be occasional special episodes focused on ANS news and information.

To sign up to receive this new podcast, open up your favorite podcast app and search for “The Planchet”. You can also listen to it via a web player on the ANS site.

If you are looking for other coin collecting related podcasts, check out this Mail Bag post outlining some of the ones that I listen to here at

If you are interested in becoming a member of the ANS, you can check out the details here.

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