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The Origins of MoneyFeed Your HeadIn-Person

Headshot of Dr. Lucia Carbone

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.: Salon
6:15 p.m.: Dinner

The American Numismatic Society is proud to be one of the oldest cultural institutions of the United States. We recognize and honor those individuals whose contributions, determination, and vision shaped the institution and positioned it as an international leader in numismatic research and education into the 21st century.

The Academy’s new “Feed-Your-Head” series of evening programs was created because teachers are curious about everything and love to learn new stuff.

Over the last 6,000 years, money—whether in the form of coins, cowrie shells, or metal ingots—has offered a system where people could determine the comparative value of items. Through the centuries, money has been seen not only as a medium of exchange and a commodity, but also as a mark of status—a characteristic it retains today. In this class, Dr. Lucia Carbone will illustrate the origins and evolution of money through objects from the world-renowned collection of the American Numismatic Society, ranging in time and place from Chinese cowrie shells dating back to 2,000 BCE, through Lydian electrum staters and Greek silver tetradrachms, to Roman gold aurei. We will also examine the appearance of fiat coinage through fascinating objects such as Spanish lead tokens and Egyptian tesserae.

Teachers can purchase a $25 ticket which includes salon and dinner (a $50 value). Space is limited!


CTLE credit will be provided.

Dr. Lucia Carbone

Dr. Lucia Carbone is Andrew M. Burnett Associate Curator of Roman Coins at the American Numismatic Society and the director of the Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar. She is also the scientific co-director of the Roman Republican Die Project with Professor Liv Yarrow.Before joining the ANS curatorial team, she received a PhD in classical studies from Columbia University. Her first monograph, The Hidden Power: Late Cistophoric Production and the Organization of the Provincia Asia (128–89 BC), deals with the impact of Roman dominion on the preexisting monetary system of the province of Asia. Her forthcoming second book, Local Coinages in a Roman World, shows how the preexisting characteristics of local monetary systems in the Mediterranean regions partially converged to integrate within the Roman monetary system in the second and first century BCE.

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