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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 3, January 16, 2011, Article 19

QUERY ANSWER: ANA HALL OF FAME BIRTH, DEATH DATES

Last week Pete Smith asked if anyone could provide the birth and death dates of five members of the American Numismatic Association's Hall of Fame. -Editor

Steve M. Tompkins writes:

Here is what I was able to find with very little searching, hope it helps.

  • Ole Eklund: (1873 - 1950) Found on Wikipedia
  • S. Wolcott Freeman: (1906 - 1967) Found on the ANA Web site
  • Barclay Head: (1/2/1844 - 6/12/1914) Found in The Asylum IX-4 pg 10/11
  • B. Max Mehl: (11/5/1884 - 9/28/1957) Found online (www.findagrave.com)
  • Stuart Mosher: (1904 - 1956) Found in the American Numismatic Society archives (his name was spelled Stewart)

Phil Iversen independently found the November 5, 1884 birth date for B. Max Mehl from a different source.

Ken Bressett writes:

I found Barclay Headís birth and death years in a book on ancient coins. I looked the others up on the Internet initially, but then I dug out an ANA publication that lists all Hall of Fame members with birth and death dates so that I could verify everything. This is what I found:

  • Eklund 1873-1950
  • Freeman 1906-1967
  • Head 1844-1914
  • Mehl 1884-1957
  • Mosher 1904-1956

Thanks, everyone. The Internet's never a bad place to start, but good researchers know to confirm what they find with other sources. Pete still has some work to nail down all the references, but Ken's official ANA publication is a good find. Presumably, candidates for the Hall of Fame are researched in advance to prepare announcement materials, so the organization's pamphlet is likely authoritative. My guess is that month and day were not published because these may not be known for all of the Hall of Fame members. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: QUERY: BIRTH DATES OF ANA NUMISMATIC HALL OF FAMERS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n02a14.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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