Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies

Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies

Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies

Promoting research in the field of ancient numismatics to advance the study of ancient history.

The Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies is an internationally recognised leader in the study of ancient numismatics.  It is one of the few university-based institutions in the world which offers facilities and financial support for the study of this discipline.  Among its resources are a dedicated numismatic library with extensive journal holdings (in addition to the resources of the university library for the teaching of ancient history).  Its numismatic collections, numbering over 5,000 coins, are of world class standing in the areas of the Greek cities in South Italy, the Roman Republic, and the coinages of the Emperor Hadrian.

Archaic Athenian tetradrachm 490-480 BC ACANS 00A08
Athenian Tetradrachm. AR. 490 -480 BC. 16.76g (inv. 00A8).

Numismatics is presented as a postgraduate unit and incorporated into the curriculum of undergraduate units (notably 'Archaeology and Society') offered by the Department.

ACANS is housed in Building X5B, room 341.  This is next to the Museum of Ancient Cultures in which the Centre's exhibitions of coins are displayed.  The Centre's room offers a working research environment with access to computers, the library and the collections.

ACANS sponsors and conducts an energetic program of research.  A primary focus has been the on-going publication of the different Gale collections now held by ACANS (see Gale and ACANS Collections).  The director of ACANS, Dr K. A.Sheedy, is the editor of the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Australia project.  The aim of this venture is to publish all ancient Greek coins in Australian public collections.

History of ACANS

The 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.

Our aims and objectives

The mission of the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies is to promote research in the field of ancient numismatics, and to thereby further the study of ancient history. Its objectives, as stated in the Centre's constitution are:

  • To establish a Centre of international excellence in the study of ancient numismatics.
  • To act as a major linkage to national and international research programs in the study of ancient numismatics.
  • To facilitate reciprocal visits by staff members with other Universities, Museums or similar bodies in support of the Centre's objectives.
  • To assist qualified Macquarie University students to participate in the study of ancient numismatics both at Macquarie University and elsewhere.
  • To arrange publication of the results of the Centre's research, and to publish catalogues of Macquarie University's ancient coin collection.
  • To arrange lectures on ancient numismatics for Macquarie University Ancient History students.
  • To undertake such ventures, incidental or conducive, that would bring about the achievement of the above objectives.
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