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The Planchet Podcast Chats With Richard Abdy

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) has released the fifth episode of season three of their podcast, The Planchet. In this episode, the Society has a converation with Richard Abdy. Mr. Abdy has worked in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum since 1998.

Richard Abdy has worked in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum since 1998 where he first processed treasure cases from England and Wales and now helps curate the BM’s collection of Roman coins. He is the inaugural winner of the ANS’s Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics, which recognizes excellence in books on ancient coinage. Abdy’s book, Roman Imperial Coinage (RIC) Vol.II: From AD 117 to AD 138 – Hadrian(Spink, 2020), was selected by the jury as the winner in 2021. In this episode, Abdy speaks about his numismatic path to the British Museum from his days as a Glasgow schoolboy, explains the 1996 Treasure Act, expands the idea of numismatics as a living history, and recounts how he was held captive at lunch and decided to undertake a 10-year journey into the Roman Imperial coinage of the emperor Hadrian.

American Numismatic Society

The American Numismatic Society launched The Planchet in 2020 and it is available to the public. It does not require a membership to the ANS to enjoy. If you are interested in becoming a member of the ANS, you can check out the details here

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. On the site, you can also listen to previous episodes of the podcast or you can get them through your favorite podcasting app on Android and iOS. Once you add the podcast to your podcast app, you can easily go back and listen to all the previous years and episodes of The Planchet. Those episodes cover a wide range of topics and have in-depth interviews with key figures within the Numismatic community.

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

Editors Note: Clinton, the Editor and Owner of USCoinNews, is a member of the American Numismatic Society.

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