Leon Saryan forwarded this story about the recent launch of the Armenian Numismatic & Antiquities Society. It has also appeared in
CoinsWeekly and elsewhere. Here's an excerpt. Leon's Armenian name is Levon. The image shows him (right) speaking with Bob
Leonard (left) at the ANAS launch at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. -Editor
A new organization, the Armenian Numismatics and Antiquities Society (ANAS) was launched in August on the sidelines of the American
Numismatics Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. This first gathering of the society included a public talk by renowned numismatic experts
Dr. Levon Saryan and Frank Kovacs.
The fledgling organization has a website and plans to publish a quarterly journal. Dr. Saryan is vice president and journal editor and
Dr. Chuck Hajinian is president of the group.
The goal of ANAS is to unite Armenians worldwide in their quest for knowledge about Armenian coins and related items and to provide a
forum for them to share their collections, post items for sale, and exchange ideas. The website is intended to be a place where anyone can
find interesting items relating to Armenian history. In short, a “virtual museum” available to anyone in the world.
The website is a work in progress with pages set up for books, carpets, coins, embroidery, manuscripts, medals, and other forms of art.
The initial focus has been on coins and numismatics, with plans to grow in the near future. The Los Angeles-based Armenian Numismatic
Society operated successfully for more than 40 years but for various reasons its activity has diminished, which has created a void.
“We hope to keep the voice of Armenian numismatics alive and well,” says Hajinian. “We have a great love of everything Armenian,
especially antique items. The reason is simple: for 1,000 years many of our families lived in western Armenia. All of their
belongings--coins, ceramics, manuscripts, jewelry--were lost and stolen during the Genocide. This is our way of recapturing and honoring
the lives they lived and preserving these items for future generations. We want to shine the brightest spotlight we can for all Armenians
to see their history and to appreciate the artistic work that their ancestors created.”
“We have coins and artifacts all the way from prehistoric times to the present--these need to be presented to the world and to our own
people. Despite the efforts of many people, most Armenians have only the vaguest notion of the heritage embodied in these items,” adds
“You can explore 3,000 years of Armenian culture in coinage alone. We want to bring this from the back rooms of museums, closets,
drawers, and put it on the web for everyone.”
To read the complete article, see:
Armenian Numismatic and Antiquities Society Launched in Chicago
Wayne Homren, Editor
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