ANS Collection

American Numismatic Society. ANS Collections Database -

The ANS collections database contains information on more than 600,000 objects in the Society’s collections. These include coins, paper money, tokens, ‘primitive’ money, medals, and decorations, from all parts of the world, and all periods in which such objects have been produced.

The collection of ancient Greek coins comprises some 100,000 items, classified according to regions and mints of the ancient world, from Spain and North Africa in the west to Afghanistan in the east. It includes all Greek coins, struck roughly between 650 BC and the time of the Roman conquest, and also the bronze coinages of Greek and other cities under Roman administration down to the late 3rd century AD. -

The department includes all coins conventionally identified as Republican or imperial, as well as the silver coins of the imperial provinces and all coins of Roman Alexandria. There are approximately 6000 coins of the Republic, about 56000 of the mainstream imperial coinage, about 3000 provincial silver and nearly 13000 of Alexandria. -

The Byzantine collection comprises some 13,000 coins struck at Byzantium and at the regional mints of the Byzantine Empire from the reign of Anastasius I (AD 419-518). -

The Islamic Department contains over 70,000 coins and other objects. It includes all coins and paper money from North Africa and the Middle East, as far as Afghanistan and Central Asia, from the Islamic conquests of the seventh and eighth centuries to the present day. -

The Department of East Asian Coins comprises some 50,000 coins and other objects produced in the area of modern China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. The Department includes all coins struck in these regions from the beginning of coinage in the 6th century BC down to the modern day. It also includes paper money. -

The South Asian Department, consisting of some 50,000 objects, includes the coins and paper money of all periods from three principal regions: the Indian subcontinent, including the Islamic period; Southeast Asia, including Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines; and ancient Central Asia, including the Indo-Parthians, Sakas, Kushans, and Hephthalites. -

The Medieval Department, comprising some 50,000 objects, contains the coinage of Latin Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire down to the end of hammer-struck coinage during the course of the 17th century. -