Beginning in 2015, the
ANS Magazine will appear for the first
time in both print and digital editions. The same is true of all
forthcoming monographs and the
American Journal of Numismatics.
Andrew Reinhard, the new director of
publications at the American Numismatic Society, is managing that
process. Reinhard began his duties at the ANS in December 2014.
“We’re not doing away with print,” Reinhard said. “Far from it. The
goal in going digital, however, is to give readers as many options to
access scholarship as possible. Producing eBooks and a digital edition
of the magazine and journal make information both searchable and portable.”
Atari and archaeology
Reinhard graduated with an master’s degree in archaeology and art
history from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1996, and has
excavated in Greece, Italy, Illinois, and Kansas. He most recently led
the excavation of the “Atari Burial Ground” in Alamogordo, N.M., for
the documentary film, Atari: Game Over and has a television series in
development on media archaeology.
His research into video game numismatics and virtual currency will
appear in ANS Magazine 2015.1.
He was also accepted to the archaeology doctorate program at the
University of York where he is writing about the intersection of
archaeology and video games.
Reinhard is no stranger to digital publication. Prior to coming to
the ANS, he was the director of publications for the American School
of Classical Studies at Athens where he published print and digital
archaeology monographs and journals, developed apps for phones/tablets
for tourists to use at the Athenian Agora and Ancient Corinth,
introduced Google Glass as a serious excavation tool, and made many of
the ASCSA’s out-of-print publications available for free as Open Access.
“The previous [ANS] publisher and Deputy Director, Andy Meadows,
left everything in excellent shape, and I have been quite fortunate in
inheriting a crackerjack team of technologists, editors, and
designers,” Reinhard told Coin World. “We’ve already released
the Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (CRRO), and are preparing
something similar with the ANS’s collection of Seleucid coins for
later in the year.”
He said the ANS is in discussions now “about scanning our collection
of auction catalogues, linking them to Donum, Archer, and Mantis. I’m
also looking forward to the launch of our revised website, and to
publishing digital editions of our books, journal, and magazine in 2015.”
“We continue to stress Open Access and Linked Open Data with our Web
projects, while building partnerships with platforms such as JSTOR to
encourage library access. I’m standing on the shoulders of giants, but
that gets us closer to the stars,” Reinhard said.
While he is not currently collecting coins, he said that “as a boy I
had an armload of Whitman coin folders that I attempted to fill. As an
archaeologist, I’ve tended to see coins more as artifacts that provide
context for whatever I’ve been excavating, offering a secure way to
Now that he is working at the ANS, “I see that there is much more to
coins than being an archaeological tool, and am enjoying the wider
sense of art, design, history, trade, and economics embodied within
He said he has a “Morgan silver dollar that was given originally to
my grandmother as a holiday bonus when she worked at Macy’s in New
York City. She never spent it!”
Reinhard said his favorite time period in history “has to be the
6th- to 5th-century BC, especially in Athens. It was really a Golden
Age for Greece. I enjoy studying periods of transition when something
approaches and finally achieves genius.”
“It might be trite to say so, but I never tire of looking at the
Athenian silver tetradrachms, and am fortunate to be able to visit
many of them any time I like, courtesy of the ANS,” he said.
Reinhard will be spreading the word about digital and print
initiatives throughout the year.
“I look forward to being a part of INC in Taormina, Italy, for the
first time, and in showcasing the work of Ethan Gruber, Oliver Hoover,
Andy Meadows and others. It’s a privilege to work with such a talented
team and to be able to facilitate the delivery of all of these
important, ground-breaking tools for anyone to use for free worldwide.
I look forward to continuing that strong, progressive tradition.”
On the print side of things, in 2015 the following eight titles will
likely appear before year’s end: Medallic Art of the American
Numismatic Society (Miller); Kushan, Kushan-Sasanian, and
Kidarite Coins (Jongeward and Cribb); Irritamenta: Numismatic
Treasures of a Renaissance Collector (Cunnally); Monuments in
Miniature (Elkins); Festschriften for Richard Witschonke and
Basil Demetriadi; Persian Banknotes (Bonine); and the new
edition of Tudeer’s the Tetradrachm Coinage of Syracuse in the
period of the Signing Artists (Fischer-Bossert/Wartenberg).
Wartenberg, ANS executive director, commented on Reinhard’s
appointment: “The society is extraordinarily fortunate to have Andrew
as our new Director of Publications. With his background, he will be
able to develop our programs of digital and print publications, which
were so well developed under Andy Meadows’ tenure.”
Contact Reinhard by email.
For more information about the ANS, visit the society’s website.
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