Well, that was a tough mystery. Earlier, Jerry Fochtman provided images of a mystery numismatist taken in 1885 and circa 1905-1910.
Our winner is Pete Smith, who wrote:
Where do the interests of Jerry Fochtman and Benny Bolin intersect? The answer I come up with is... Daniel W. Valentine.
Above is my copy of the second printing of Valentine's 1924 work on Fractional Currency. Jerry provided the above image of Valentine's New York Numismatic Club President's medal, and Pete provided the following entry on Valentine from his American Numismatic Biographies book. Thanks, gentlemen!
Valentine, Daniel Webster Author (b. 3/7/1863 d. 1/24/1932)
Born in New York City. Received D.D.S. from the New York College of Dentistry in 1887. Married to Ada Belle Colwell. They had two daughters. Practiced as a dentist in New York City 1887 to 1896. He moved to Englewood, New Jersey, and lived there from 1896 until his death.
He exhibited half dimes at the ANS in 1914. Author of Fractional Currency of the United States in 1924. The cloth bound edition of 225 copies cost $5.00 each. Twenty-five numbered copies bound in full leather were sold at $15.00 each. Author of The United States Half Dimes in 1931, originally published by ANS as monograph 48, reprinted in 1975.
Served as president of the New York Numismatic Club for two terms in 1918 and 1920. He was honored with one of their presidential medals. Design was by J. M. Swanson. There were eight silver and 50 bronze medals struck. He died at home in Englewood, New Jersey.
obit: NUM 45 Mar 1932 page 178 bio: NUM 64 Mar 1951 page 269
By the way, the latest version of Pete's book is still available on the NBS web site, and your input is needed. Are you listed? If so, please review your entry for accuracy and completeness. Are there any mistakes or important omissions? You can access the book here:
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The inside back cover of John Adams' book American Numismatic Literature (Volume I: 19th Century Auction Catalogs) has a picture taken at the November 7, 1916 S.H. Chapman sale of the Lyman collection. Valentine is one of the bidders seated in the picture.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
MORE ON THE MYSTERY NUMISMATIST OF 1885
THE BOOK BAZARRE
DAVID SKLOW - FINE NUMISMATIC BOOKS
the Q. David Bowers Research Library Sale Part III on October 9, 2010.
Bill Weber's annotated copy of Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents, 1983
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