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ANS Museum Building sold for 23.9 Million !
December 13, 2007

It is done. The American Numismatic Society has sold their "close to the Financial District" building gifted to them several years ago, and only partially renovated and occupied since that time for $23.9 Million Dollars. This photo is of the William Street facade, which was often hidden under scaffolding.

This is the first time that the ANS will have a big bunch of un-restricted cash to play with. May their investment plans go well.

The re-relocation is planed to take place in the second half of 2008.

The new location will be the 11th floor of a 19 story renovation by Trinity Properties at the intersection of Varick, Grand and Canal Streets, "near" SoHo and Tribeca.

It is interesting to note that this location is about 5 blocks away from a propery on Houston Street which was turned down as a location prior to the move to Fulton St.

Formerly known as 75 Varick St., the building is a block away from the Canal Street stations of the 1/9 Subway; 3 blocks for the C/E trains; 7 blocks for the N/R lines; and 9 blocks from the 4-5-6 routes (Hint: change at 42nd street for the 1, seems like old times, when one needed to go to their 155th Street location!).

I was pleased to read the Executive directors' comments that the Harry Bass Jr. Library, and the John J. Ford Jr. areas will be modernized. That at least says to me there will be not be a major fund raising drive for new naming areas and offices for this newer location. Also of note is that conference and meeting room facilities will be "state of the art" which will be a huge improvement of the old first floor banking room currently being used for public meetings.

It seems like the best of timing that Frank Campbell has announced his retirement to occur before he has to deal with another move! I wish Frank the very best!

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About the Author
George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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