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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 42, October 15, 2006, Article 13

MORE INFORMATION ON THE GUTTAG BROTHERS

Dave Perkins of Centennial, CO writes: "I came across an article
originally published in Coinage magazine (issue date unknown as
Coinage did not include the publication date on the individual pages)
while putting the information on the Guttag Brothers from The E-Sylum
the last two weeks into a manila folder I keep (marked "Guttag
Brothers").  The article likely dates from late 2002 to early 2003
based on an advertisement for the Santa Clara Coin, Stamp &
Collectibles Expo (the next show was scheduled Nov. 21-23, 2003.).

The article was authored by David T. Alexander and was titled "Julius
Guttag / He Influenced Civil War Numismatics and Founded National
Coin Week".  The article mentions Julius Guttag's brother Henry who
together "were directors of Guttag Brothers, an investment and foreign-
exchange house in lower Manhattan." A number of their tokens are
illustrated in color in the article.  There is a lot of information
on the Guttag Brothers in this 4-5 page article.

My personal interest in the Guttag Brothers and my reason for keeping
a folder on them was because of an extremely rare 1795 Bolender-10
silver dollar in my collection that was once owned by Milferd H.
Bolender.  As many E-Sylum readers know, Bolender was both a coin
dealer and a specialist collector of the early silver dollars 1794-1803
by die variety.  The 1795 B-10 Dollar was lot 12 in M. H. Bolender's
183rd Sale, February 23, 1952, the sale of his personal reference
collection of silver dollars.  The reverse of this specimen was the
plate coin in Bolender's reference, "The United States Early Silver
Dollars From 1794 to 1803".  Bolender had acquired this specimen
from the Guttag Brothers per the sale catalog lot description.
Per Bolender's obituary as published in Coin World, Wednesday,
November 30, 1977 Julius Guttag sponsored Bolender for membership
in the ANA in January 1925."

Karl Kabelac writes: "For Bob Rightmire's research on individual
members of the Guttag family, perhaps the Social Security Death
Index or White Pages would be helpful.  The former website lists
over 78,000,000 now-deceased people who were under Social Security
and gives birth and death dates as well as a little other information.
The latter gives current phone numbers and addresses for individuals.
Both have entries for the uncommon surname Guttag."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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