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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 26, June 25, 2006, Article 5

GEORGE MASSAMORE

Neil Shafer asked about a reference to "Massamore" in a Luther Tuthill
price list.  Some background on Massamore was provided by Augustus G.
Heaton in an interesting article, "A Tour Among the Coin Dealers" in
the January 1895 issue of The Numismatist.  Dave Bowers reprinted this
article in his book, "The History of United States Coinage" and it's
also online at the PCGS web site.  Here's Heaton's take on Massamore:

"Baltimore comes next in our tour. Dr. George Massamore is there to
be sought in two or three places. As a coin dealer, he has a counter,
showcase, and fireproof and show window in one side of the store on
North Charles Street, the other side being given up to an optician's
business. As a dentist he is found at times at his residence, and as
a politician he has long held some office at this City Hall. There he
is perhaps now less occupied, as the Republicans have been drawing so
many teeth of late that his party has very little of even a jaw left.
Dr. Massamore is of middle age, of mild pleasant manner, somewhat bald,
and has been known many years as a coin dealer of experience and a
cataloguer of many collections."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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