Change of Leadership at the American Numismatic Society

The following is a Press Release from the American Numismatic Society (ANS), announcing that Dr. Gilles Bransbourg will be stepping down as Executive Director in September.

The American Numismatic Society has announced that Dr. Gilles Bransbourg will be stepping down

from his position as Executive Director in September 2024. Bransbourg has received an eight-month

fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, where he will be working on his

book, Roman Imperial Economics. Upon his return to the ANS in April of 2025, Bransbourg will

become a Research Curator.

Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan, currently President of the ANS, has agreed to take over the position

of Executive Director, which she previously held from 1999 through 2019. The ANS Board of

Trustees considered it important to ensure continuity while the Society is engaged in locating a new


Bransbourg expressed his gratitude to the ANS Board of Trustees by saying, “I am humbled by the

unique opportunity presented by the Institute of Advanced Study to advance my research in the field

of economic history. Concurrently, I wish to thank the entire Board of Trustees of the American

Numismatic Society, and its President, Ute Wartenberg Kagan, for letting me step down from my

duties as Executive Director.”

Regarding her return to the Executive Director position, Wartenberg Kagan commented, “I was not

expecting to have to come back to active duty, so to speak, but, of course, the American Numismatic

Society with its staff and members means much to me. The Society can do so much to teach others

about money and coinage, and this is what my passion is.”

The ANS, founded in 1858, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to

the study of coins, medals, and all other numismatic objects. The ANS holds one of the largest collections

of numismatic objects in the world and a research library.

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