University of Chicago 

“I teach a class on ‘Money in the Ancient Greek World’ at the University of Chicago. When I mentioned a possible visit to the class, Shanna Schmidt and Aaron Berk immediately and enthusiastically accepted to come to the University and to present coins belonging to their collection."

"...it was for them of exceptional interest to have ‘coins in their hands,’ these coins that we had been talking about for weeks..."

Although the students were of course better prepared than an audience of non-specialists, it was for them of exceptional interest to have ‘coins in their hands,’ these coins that we had been talking about for weeks. The artistic achievement of an early electrum coin came as a real surprise. Another surprise was to discover silver obols: it is one thing to speak of them as ‘small change,’ and it is another to discover that actually they were so small! Manipulating coins gave also rise to more technical debates and this was the opportunity to compare modern American coins with ancient Greek coins. The diversity of the coins that were presented, from early electrum coins to Byzantine gold solidi, allowed the students to have the longue durée approach of the phenomenon of ancient coinage. The day will certainly remain in the memory of every participant!"

– Alain Bresson   |  Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Classics & Department of History, The University of Chicago