ANS Leaders Issue Mid-Year Appeal for Resource Support


American Numismatic Society executive director Gilles Bransbourg sent a message to ANS members and supporters seeking donations, citing the society’s expanding programming and content as reasons for an increased need. Donations are 100% tax deductible.

The ANS was founded in New York in 1858. Much of its operations and offerings are funded by membership dues and donations, which include the maintenance of a range of collections and a large library, planning and delivering a range of online and in-person services. educational programs, a summer seminar for junior university professors and graduate students, and a number of other initiatives.

According to its website, the ANS “operates as a research museum under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is recognized as a publicly funded organization under the Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) as confirmed on November 1, 1970.

Bransbourg’s mid-year attractiveness highlighted, among other things, a new website, a print-on-demand book program, the curatorial cataloging of more than 15,000 objects, a new Lyceum session (a of numismatics courses that ANS members can take advantage of at a significant discount) with, for the first time, contributions from ANS Scholars, and the revival of the Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics, in person.

Many leaders of American numismatics, including Eric P. Newman, Harry W. Bass Jr. and R. Henry and Emery May Norweb were supporters of the ANS.

According to the ANS website, the best way to support the society is to become a member. A number of different membership levels are available, which include subscriptions to different ANS publications. A membership that includes the ANS magazine costs $110 per year; membership including ANS magazine and be the American Journal of Numismatics or the Journal of Early American Numismatics costs $155; a subscription including all three publications costs $200.

Those who give $2,500 or more a year automatically become members of the Augustus B. Sage Society, named after a founding member of the society at whose first informal meeting was held March 15, 1858; the first official meeting of the society was also held at Sage’s home. He was elected a Conservative in November 1858, but only held that position until January 1859. Sage was 16 when he helped form the ANS and later served in the Union Army for civil war. He died in 1874 at the age of 32. Members of the Sage Society can enjoy benefits not available to regular members of the society, in particular, according to the website:
Travel opportunities to visit private and public numismatic collections around the world;
Private tours of the ANS collection, the library and the rare book room;
Acknowledgments in ANS magazine. »

The company’s website offers several ways to give: planned giving, endowment support, stock donations, and in-kind donations.

Donors can make a monthly donation.

The ANS also organizes an annual gala which includes charity auctions to benefit the society. This year’s gala, held in January at the Harvard Club in New York, honored ancient coin expert and longtime ANS member and Fellow David Hendin.

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