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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 10, March 9, 2008, Article 28

FAMOUS NUMISMATIST: NIKOLA TESLA

[In addition to our famed subscribers, we sometimes discuss
famous personalities in the numismatic hobby. We've profiled
actors and authors who collect, and this short item found
on the web mentions a famous inventor who was also a numismatist.
Can anyone tell us more about his collecting interests?
-Editor]

It is well known that many famous people - rulers, scientists,
artists... had been interested in numismatics. Starting with
Roman Emperors Augustus Octavian and Hadrian, up to Italian
king Victor Emanuel III and Egyptian King Farouk and up to
famous poets Petrarca and Goethe etc. Among them was also the
famous scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla, a Serb born in
Smiljan, Lika, in 1855, died in New York in 1943.

Tesla lived and worked for a long time in Colorado Springs,
now the seat of the headquarters of the American Numismatic
Association. In 1900, when Tesla moved to Long Island due to
the construction of the giant Power Plant for J.P. Morgan,
he had officially became the member of the American Numismatic
and Archaeological Society. Detailed articles about Nikola
Tesla as numismatist have been published by Edward C. Rochette
in his book The Other Side of the Coin, and in the Numismatist
Vol. 101, no. 1, under the title The Man Too Soon for His Time.
Nothing is known however about Tesla's numismatic collecting
interests, nor about the destiny of his collection.

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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