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Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies

ACANS - Hadrian coinThe Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies (ACANS) was established in 1999 following a bequest from Dr W. L. Gale and Mrs J. Gale.  It is a Faculty of Arts Research Centre at Macquarie University which is attached to the Department of Ancient History.  

The mission of ACANS is to promote the study of ancient numismatics through initiatives in teaching and research and to provide support for these activities through the development of a library and numismatic collection.  Its annual staff include  senior and junior visiting fellows and the Gale visiting lecturer.  

As part of its role as a national leader in  ancient numismatics, ACANS undertakes a wide program of research projects, exhibitions, conferences and publications.

Numismatic Museum and ACANS logo

"Mines, Metals and Money in Attica and the Ancient World"

Athens, 23 and 24 January 2015

The directors of the Numismatic Museum (NMA), Athens, Greece and the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies (ACANS), Macquarie University, Australia are pleased to announce an International Conference on ancient Greek archaeometallurgy and numismatics. More details »

Coin exhibitions

Ephesus coin.
Coinage of Ephesus
ACANS maintains an online exhibition on the Coinage of Ephesus.

Julius coin.
Coinage of Julius Caesar
View the coins of Julius Caesar online and see their place in history.


Research Spotlight:

 ANSTO - Photo Credit: Chris Stacey.
The Coins of Pythagoras?

ACANS has joined forces with scientists from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) to investigate the ancient technological process employed to mint the coins of Metapontum. Read More...

Contact Us:

Phone: +61 2 9850 9265
Fax: +61 2 9850 8042

Faculty of Arts Rm 341, X5B,
Macquarie University, NSW 2109 
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