Posted on 17 Nov 2016
Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Y.T. Nercessian
The Armenian Numismatic and Antiquities Society, in partnership with the Armenian Numismatic Research Organization, recently hosted an event on the sidelines of the World’s Fair of Money that honored Y.T. Nercessian and launched a new book on ancient Armenian coins. The venue was a major international coin show organized by the American Numismatic Association.
“The California branch of the ANAS / ANRO put on a wonderful program and dinner. We must thank Aram Manasaryan, Sarkis Kilimjian, Armen Nercissiantz and Andranik Grishikian for their planning and hard work to put this meeting together,” said Chuck Hajinian.
Dr. Levon Saryan holding the lifetime achievement award for Y.T. Nercessian; also pictured is ANRO founder Aram Manasaryan, ANAS founder Chuck Hajinian, author Frank L. Kovacs and attendees Dan Pelc, Bob Leonard and Armen Moloian.
The ANAS awarded Y. T. Nercessian their first “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the event, which was attended by collectors and other enthusiasts. Mr. Nercessian was unable to attend but the award was presented to him privately along with congratulatory messages from around the world.
Mr. Nercessian spent 50 years of his life learning, writing, and sharing his immense knowledge of Armenian coins, medals, paper money, and other items of antiquity through the publication of books and journals. His books are monumental in covering Armenian coins from the ancient period through medieval times and all the way to the modern era. He, along with Wartan Gewenian and George Marderosian, founded the Armenian Numismatic Society in 1971 and for 40 years edited, wrote and published a journal that educated collectors worldwide.
“Y.T.’s greatness will be remembered for taking a ‘closet hobby’ and making it a profession by sharing his collection and knowledge with the world. He dusted off and exposed people’s collections. His youthful energy was a driving force for those around him. He wrote commemorative volumes and honored those who came before him. Now it is our turn to honor him,” stated Dr. Hajinian.
“I thank you Aram Manasaryan, Levon Saryan, and Chuck Hajinian for this recognition. I am greatly honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Service Award,” Mr. Nercessian wrote in a letter to the ANAS.
Dr. Levon Saryan holding the lifetime achievement award for Y.T. Nercessian; also pictured is ANRO founder Aram Manasaryan, ANAS founder Chuck Hajinian, author Frank L. Kovacs and attendees Dan Pelc, Bob Leonard and Armen Moloian
Posted on 19 Jul 2016
Book News – Armenian Coinage in the Classical Period
The need for a revised and updated reference for Armenian coins of the classical period has been evident for many years. Publication has lagged, and with it, the discovery of numerous previously unknown coins while long-standing misattributions have hampered the best efforts of researchers in the field of Armenian numismatics. Armenian Coinage in the Classical Period attempts to address these problems and to present the ancient coins of Armenia as reliable source documents.
Building on the earlier work of Armenian numismatists Bedoukian, Nercessian, and Mousheghian and Depeyrot, Armenian Coinage in the Classical Period begins with the earliest known issues of Samos, after circa 275 BC, through the reign of Tiridates II, to circa AD 252, and includes all territories ruled by Armenian monarchs, or by any king or client king who ruled any territory called “Armenia.” Armenian coins issued under Seleucid, Parthian, or Roman domination are listed as well as contemporaneous pseudo-autonomous issues. This latter category needs much additional study and the few entries herein make no pretense to completeness.
Although conquered and briefly held by Tigranes the Great, the coinage of the Kingdom of Cappadocia is not included here. Its coins have been extensively discussed and catalogued most recently by A. Simonetta (CCKR). On several occasions Cappadocian kings controlled parts of Armenia; these incidents are mentioned in the text, and examples of their Cappadocian coins are provided in Appendix B.
The specific improvements to the corpus offered in Armenian Coinage in the Classical Period include the attribution or re-attribution of coins to kings and queens to whom no coins were previously assigned, the identification of new dating eras, the identification of new mints, and the removal of non-Armenian coins, fakes, and fantasies from the corpus. While some re-attributions and identifications are conjectural, and will, no doubt, be modified as newly discovered examples dictate, it is hoped that Armenian Coinage in the Classical Period will represent a substantial advance in presenting the basic, original source documents of an important eastern kingdom of the classical period, and will allow historians to better reconstruct the historical record.
Kovacs, Frank L., Armenian Coinage in the Classical Period . 2016. Hardbound with dust jacket. 142 total pp., consisting of 25 pages of introductory material, 57 pages of coin catalog listings, and 34 plates of photographed coins.
Posted on 24 Jun 2016
Commemorative medal dedicated to Pope’s visit to Armenia
YEREVAN (Arka)—The Central Bank of Armenia has issued a commemorative medal dedicated to the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Republic of Armenia.
Adoption of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia in 301 AD is associated with the name of Saint Gregory the Illuminator who is a saint recognized by all traditional Christian Churches. For centuries his venerated relics were spread all over the Christian world.
Strengthening the existing brotherly relations between Christian Churches, in 2000 His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians paid a visit to the Roman Catholic Church and her leader, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, who, in his turn, in 2001 participated in celebrations dedicated to the 1700th Anniversary of adoption of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia.
The obverse of the medal has an engraving of The Monastery of Khor Virap against the Mountain Ararat and the date of Pope Francis’ visit.
The reverse of the medal has an engraving of the statue of Saint Gregory the Illuminator in the niche of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican (2005, sculptor – Khachik Ghazanchyan), the Coats of Arms of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
The commemorative medal is in limited quantity and has a historic-cultural value.
In addition to commemorative medals, a souvenir sheet and a mini-sheet with four stamps dedicated to the visit of Pope Francis to Armenia have been put into circulation.
On June 24, “Haypost” closed joint stock company puts into circulation a souvenir sheet with one stamp and four postage stamps designed into a mini sheet in a form of a cross.
The official presentation ceremony of the souvenir sheet and mini-sheet took place at the Presidential Palace in Yerevan in the presence of high-ranking delegations from Armenia and the Vatican.
The souvenir sheet with one stamp depicts Pope Francis against the backgrounds of Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, as well as the logo dedicated to the visit of Pope Francis to Armenia and the coat of arms of Pope Francis.
The format of four stamps designed into a form of a cross has been selected by “Haypost Trust Management,” a company that belongs to Eduardo Eurnekian, an Argentinian Armenian businessman, and has a symbolic meaning for the visit of Pope Francis to the first Christian Nation. The four stamps depict Pope Francis against the backgrounds of a statue to Saint Gregory the Illuminator donated to the Vatican by Armenia, a monument dedicated to the theme “Armenia – the first Christian Nation” in Yerevan, inner parts of the Main Cathedral of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and Saint Peter`s Basilica in the Vatican.
The souvenir sheet has an inscription “Pope Francis. Armenia. 24-26 June, 2016,” as well as “Visit to the first Christian Nation” which is the official motto of this visit.