Web site visitor (and new subscriber) Lisa J. McLaughlin writes:
Saw some old posts regarding Howard Gibbs. He was my grandfather.
He was very colorful and had an interesting life. I have some fond memories of him and have been trying to collect information about him for my children and my siblings.
My mother was his daughter from his second marriage. I am living in his
original house in which he built a "vault room" to house his coin
I am interested in any information or photos you or your readers might have in their
I never met Howard, but belonged to many of the same clubs in Pittsburgh. The Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society and The Sphinx Society are still ongoing.
Gibbs died in 1970.
His collection was sold in a series of auction sales by Hans Schulman.
Gibbs published articles as well as books, and I referred Lisa to the ANA and ANS libraries. I have a couple letters of his from 1947, but they’re fairly routine. I may also have a longer letter elsewhere in my files but can’t put my finger on it right now. He wrote about how he assembled his collection – he was hoping to sell it intact to a museum, but that didn’t pan out. Lisa has a few of the Gibbs books and articles.
Some of our readers are old-timers who may have met him, or heard stories about him from others. Please share some of those with us for publication in future issues.
To read some earlier E-Sylum articles on Gibbs, see:
HOW HOWARD GIBBS BEGAN COLLECTING
QUIZ ANSWER: WHO IS THE MYSTERY NUMISMATIST?
MORE ON HOWARD GIBBS, "THE DUDE ON THE CAMEL"
MORE ON HOWARD D. GIBBS
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