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Must be hiring season in the numismatic world. Elsewhere in this issue we have an ad from Heritage, which is looking for a U.S. Coin Cataloger. Meanwhile in New York, the ANS is looking for an Assistant Curator of American Coins and Currency. E-Sylum readers are top-notch researchers and would be great in either role. Please consider these positions if you are in the job market. Here's the ANS press release forwarded by Joanne Isaac. -Editor

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ANS seeks an Assistant Curator of American Coins and Currency

About the Position
The American Numismatic Society seeks an energetic and creative Assistant Curator to oversee its collections of American coins, currency, medals and related objects. Since its foundation in 1858, the Society has played a leading role in the field of American numismatics, and wishes to expand its audience while continuing its traditional role as one of the leading academic institutions in the numismatic field. In recent years, a major focus of the Society has been on the digital presentation of the collection and the development of open web-based standards for doing so. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to build on a program of digital and traditional publications, exhibitions and teaching programs in American coins and currency for the general public, collectors, students and academics.

S/he will also work on parts of the collection outside the American field, for which training will be provided. The successful candidate is expected to work as part of a larger team on the ANS’s exhibition program, contribute to the ANS Magazine, and conduct significant research in his or her own chosen field. S/he will also be expected to play a role in the development of digital tools for the presentation and interpretation of numismatic material, in collaboration with our experienced technical staff. All ANS curators are expected to participate actively in the Society's development, outreach and public relations initiatives. This includes attending national coin shows, local numismatic clubs and similar events. Curators also provide instruction in American numismatics at the ANS Graduate Seminar and elsewhere.

The Curator should hold or be about to complete a Ph.D. or have equivalent academic qualifications in the history or archaeology of the Americas, in particular in areas in which coinage or currency make a major contribution to the understanding of the period. Experience in working with coinage or currency is a strong advantage but not required. S/he should also be proficient in at least one foreign language relevant to their field of specialism. The Curator is expected to be or become a recognized expert in his/her field, through study, research, writing, and publication on American coinage. The position is fully endowed and allows a competitive salary with excellent benefits depending on the experience of the successful candidate. Appointment will be made for two years in the first instance; subject to satisfactory performance the appointment may lead to a permanent position.

About the Society
Based in Manhattan, New York, the American Numismatic Society is one of the oldest members of the American Council of Leaned Societies. It maintains an active exhibition program, and publishes two scholarly journals, a magazine, and four monograph series. The Society’s collection of approximately 800,000 objects is one of the largest in the world. The American collection of coins, paper money, decorations, and related items contains c. 90,000 objects, the majority of which are catalogued online in MANTIS: ( The archives of the Society provide papers and archival material of many major American collectors and artists, while the Society’s Harry W. Bass Library holds the country’s foremost numismatic collection of almost 85,000 volumes. The catalogues of both archives and library are available online.

The American Numismatic Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information about the Society, and details of how to apply for this position please visit:

The PhD requirement is a tall order to fill, but it would be a great opportunity for the right person. I'm pleased to see the emphasis on the digital presentation of the collection, which will benefit collectors and researchers everywhere. -Editor
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