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Apply to Present at the 2023 Sundman Lecture Series

This year's theme is The Numismatics of Nation Building; Money, Medals, Tokens and National Identity.

Symposium Overview

The theme for this year focuses on how coinage, paper currency, medals and tokens have been used to create, record and/or modify national identity since the ancient Greeks used their money to announce the creation of new states, a phenomenon which continues to this day wherever new nations appear.  Presenters should focus on how numismatic objects record the ideals, events and art of a nation which form national identity and illustrate the evolution of that identity over time. An example topic could include: the production of a national coinage by the fledgling United States in order to create a national identity, generate support for the new republic and to affirm its ideals.


Symposium Requirements

Presentations will be in-person.  Presenters are expected to have a PowerPoint or similar format digital slide presentation.  A computer and projector are provided - presenters are asked to provide their presentations on a USB thumb drive.


Symposium Date & Time

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 from 10am to 4:15pm.  and will consist of four 1-hour presentations (45 to 50-minute presentation, 10 to 15-minute Q&A) beginning at 10am.  


Submission Guidelines

If you wish to be a speaker at the symposium, please submit a summary of your lecture not to exceed 500 words. Each summary should contain an introduction, a brief discussion of the subject, and sources and research method. Electronic submissions are preferred. The deadline for submission is June 2, 2023.  Submissions or questions should be sent to: Douglas Mudd at Or, feel free to use the convenient online form further down on this page.


Review Process

Summaries will be reviewed and speakers chosen based on originality, persuasiveness and relevance to the symposium topic. The four selected presenters will be notified by June 16, 2023. 


Symposium Date & Time

Lectures from the symposium may be published on the American Numismatic Association website ( Presenters must provide an electronic copy of their presentation prior to the symposium. Presenters will receive a $250 honorarium and can attend the Sundman Lecture Luncheon free of charge. 


Symposium Admission

Free and open to all attendees of the ANA World’s Fair of Money, the symposium will take place on Wednesday, August 9, 2023.