American Numismatic Society announces 2017 Gala honourees

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) recently announced it will honour its patron Anthony Terranova with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala on Jan. 12, 2017.

The gala is slated to take place at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Terranova, ANS Life Fellow and Augustus B. Sage Society member, joined the ANS 40 years ago. He was elected Fellow in 1992 and became a Life Fellow in 1995. He has been a member of the Sage Society since 2006.

As a collector, dealer, and researcher in numismatics, he has greatly enhanced the ANS collections with many important donations to our numismatic cabinet, many books, archives and auction catalogues to the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Library, as well as many generous donations.

Terranova is a specialist in early U.S. coinage. His interest in collecting began as a teenager in Brooklyn, with classic U.S. series. He’s well known among early U.S. collectors, not least for the invaluable input generated by his research.

He was the recipient of the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2011 Farran Zerbe Memorial Award for distinguished service and the Professional Numismatist Guild’s (PNG) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. He is a member of the New York Numismatic Club. What’s more, the Anthony Terranova Collection of Counterstamped Coins sold at auction with Stack’s Bowers.


The distinction of the Trustees’ Award will also be conferred upon the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society and the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP), which have been essential to the ANS’ efforts to make its numismatic resources widely accessible online.

Past recipients of the Trustees’ Award include such notable numismatists and donors as Canadian Coin News founder Chester L. Krause; Shelby White and Leon Levy; Jamie Stewart; Kenneth L. Edlow; George Kolbe: Q. David Bowers; Donald G. Partrick; Harvey Stack; Victor England, Jr.; Ira Goldberg; and Larry Goldberg, among others.

The NNP is an online numismatic resource, sponsored by a grant from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, which works with the ANS on a scanning project that enables greater access to American numismatic research material on both the ANS Digital Library and Newman Portal websites.

Administered through Washington University Libraries in St. Louis, the NNP has contracted with Internet Archive for the scanning operation at the ANS Library. Internet Archive is a non-profit organization dedicated to digital preservation of all media. The NNP, sponsored by a $2 million grant from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society to the Washington University Libraries, began operations in December 2014. It has digitized over 170,000 pages of ANS documents alone to date.

The ANS Library’s entire run of early American auction catalogs, which include those of Frossard, Woodward, Chapman, Elder, and other notable names in the field, were first to be scanned. Unique archival collections such as dealer and collector correspondence, housed in the ANS Library’s Rare Book Room, will also be scanned so they can be access on a large scale.

Every year the ANS raises critical revenue through Gala ticket sales, program advertisements, sponsorships, contributions, and the proceeds from a live auction. These funds are used to further the society’s mission of supporting research and education in numismatics.

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