The American Numismatic Society (ANS) has announced new video series on the society’s greatest coins held in their collection. The series of videos will bring details and historical context to these coins, brought to you by the ANS curation staff.
The first video on these greatest coins is already available on the society’s YouTube Channel and it covers the Ides of March denarius from ancient Rome.
If you already subscribe to the Society’s channel, you will see these being available as part of your subscriptions on YouTube. These videos are free to everyone and you do not have to have a ANS member to view them.
Here is the Press Release from the ANS:
In this series, short videos realized by our curatorial team will examine coins in the American Numismatic Society’s collection, carefully selected for their historical fame and significance. Intended for a wide audience of experts and non-experts alike, these videos will feature multimedia materials that contribute not only to the understanding of the historical and cultural context in which the selected coins were produced, but also to their reception history. The videos will be released on a monthly basis.
In the first episode of the series (already available online), Assistant Curator of Roman Coins, Dr. Lucia Carbone, looks at what is probably the most celebrated Roman coin, the EID MAR (Ides of March) denarius. This coin was struck under the authority of Julius Caesar’s main assassin, Marcus Junius Brutus, in 43-42 BCE, to commemorate Caesar’s assassination on the Ides of March 44 BCE. Shortly after, Brutus died on the battlefield, sealing the end of the Republic.
In the second episode (available in November), Assistant Curator of the Americas, Dr. Jesse Kraft, discusses the Brasher Doubloon. The coin was struck by New York goldsmith, Ephraim Brasher in 1787, possibly as a trial piece to present to the New York State legislature in his attempt to receive a contract to produce coins on a large scale. Though he never received a contract, the Brasher Doubloon is con- sidered the first gold coin struck in the United States.American Numismatic Society Press Release
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