The American Numismatic Society is seeking an assistant curator of
American Coins and Currency.
The search for an assistant curator is in response to the April
2013 retirement of Robert Hoge as curator of North American Coins and
Currency for the ANS. Hoge now serves as curator emeritus.
Hoge began working at the ANS in New York City in 2001. Upon his
arrival he became involved with researching and cataloging the
collections, writing, lecturing and assisting with exhibits, including
the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s exhibit “Drachmas, Doubloons
For 20 years before coming to the ANS, Hoge served as curator in
charge of the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum of the American
Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Though Hoge said he is “not sure that anyone who loves the field
of numismatics ever actually retires from it,” he said he is “stepping
down from the everyday work that has enthralled me so long.”
He said he expects to “remain as active as I can in numismatic
endeavors, and look forward to continuing contact and interaction with
my fellow devotees,” according to an ANS news release.
Most incoming positions start at the level of assistant curator,
according to the ANS.
The position is fully endowed. Appointment will be made for two
years in the first instance; subject to satisfactory performance, the
appointment may lead to a permanent position, according to the ANS.
The responsibilities of the assistant curator position would
include oversight of the ANS collections of American coins, paper
currency, medals and related objects. The ANS “wishes to expand its
audience while continuing its traditional role as one of the leading
academic institutions in the numismatic field,” according to an ANS
The ANS 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 approximately 90,000 objects.
The assistant curator would “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.”
In addition, the assistant curator would also work on “parts of
the collection outside the American field, for which training will be
provided,” 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.
Applicants should hold or be about to complete a doctorate or have
equivalent academic qualifications in the history or archaeology of
the Americas, particularly in areas where coinage or currency make a
major contribution to the understanding of the period. Experience in
working with coinage or paper currency is a strong advantage but not required.
Applicants are expected to be or become a recognized expert in
their field, through study, research, writing and publication on
For detailed information about the position and information about
applying, applicants should visit http://numismatics.org/, the ANS