In last week's item about collector Will Neil, I asked who could name three other numismatists whose profession was pharmacy. Why three? I dunno - I just made that part up, but figured there MUST be AT LEAST three. -EditorNick Graver writes:
Pharmacist-numismatists would have to start with fellow Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society member Chick Ambrass.
As an E-Sylum reader, Chick Ambrass was one of my picks. Any other pharmacists among us? Nick also correctly picked former American Numismatic Association President Alden Scott Boyer. -EditorPete Smith writes:
I have an unfair advantage. I have a copy of my book, American Numismatic Biographies in digital format. It is quite easy to search for the term pharmacist or pharmacy. These six people owned, operated or worked in pharmacies:
David Gladfelter and Joe Boling both suggested Byron Johnson. He isn't in Pete's American Numismatic Biographies. Should he be? I asked Joe Boling for more background on Byron and he writes:
Byron was a pharmacist by trade and an avid and omnivorous collector. His collection was sold by Bowers and Merena 26-28 Jan 1989. There is a biography of him in the catalog. The catalog does not say when he was an ANA governor, nor when he was ANA chief judge, but I know the former was while I was living in Seattle 1971-76, and the latter was sometime after that. His library was bought by Tom Sheehan.
From reading the bio for Byron, I see that another numispharmacist was B. F. Miles.
Showoff John N. Lupia III writes:
I can name nine:
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