The American Numismatic Society has received an endowment gift for a lecture series in memory of former ANS Fellows Vladimir and Elvira Clain-Stefanelli.
Both were frequent visitors to the Society when they worked for Hesperia Art Galleries and then Stack’s in the 1950s.
In 1956 Dr. Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli moved to Washington, D.C., to become the curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. His wife, Elvira, was to join him a year later as assistant curator, thereby continuing a life-long partnership in the field of numismatics. The National Numismatic Collection grew under their direction to almost one million objects.
The endowment will allow the ANS to organize a series of lectures on a variety of subjects covering ancient, medieval and modern coinage, which represent the wide research interests of the couple. The first Clain-Stefanelli Lecture will be held in 2014.
“We are especially grateful to Larry Stack and Harvey Stack, who were instrumental in bringing this gift to the Society. This lecture series will also be a testimony to the close friendship of the Stack family with the Clain-Stefanellis,” said Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan, executive director of the American Numismatic Society.