This week Ed Snible published a great two-part article on his blog this week. Ed's Reading List for the Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics offers advice for the participants in the American Numismatic Society's annual eight-week course in numismatics. Here is an excerpt. -EditorThe Seminar is designed to take an expert in a field related to numismatics and make that person an expert in numismatics capable of doing coin research.
ANS members can get permission to sit in on some of the lectures. The ones I attended were quite good!
A numismatic researcher needs to understand the techniques of numismatics and be able to find out what other scholars have written on the subject. There is very little written on how to do good numismatic research. You won't find courses at your local college explaining how to use Clain-Stefanelli's Numismatic Bibliography. Your local library probably doesn't even have it! How does a collector who isn't a graduate student learn to navigate numismatic literature?
Take a look at the Seminar reading lists. The lists reveal the books the ANS curators feel provide the numismatic background to get started with serious research.
To view the reading lists, see: Reading Lists for Incoming Graduate Summer Seminar Students
To read the complete article, see: Reading List for the Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics (http://digitalhn.blogspot.com/2008/12/reading-list-for-eric-p-newman-graduate.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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