Dave Bowers submitted this query seeking information on two Civil War Token collectors. Can anyone help?
For Whitman Publishing Company I am completing a manuscript, . This will be a popular book in the “Guide Book” series and will give an overview of the series, comments on many dies and varieties, and will be profusely illustrated and with many prices (by values editor Steve Hayden). My due date for the ms is October 15. It is anticipated it will be published early in 2013 and will be of a popular price, say below $20.
I am including a chapter on the history of collecting these tokens, which began during the Civil War itself when such numismatists as Edward Groh, Thomas Cleneay, J.N.T. Levick, James Hughes, and Henry K. Ezekiel, among others, had special pieces struck to their order. A mystery has arisen in that in the December 1869 issue of the American Journal of Numismatics, Levick stated that Groh had the very finest collection of Civil War tokens in existence, with the runners up being George B. Davis and John Hanna. I know a lot about Groh (his collection was later gifted to the American Numismatic Society where today it forms the core of its holdings in that specialty), but I know nothing about the token-collecting activities or biographies of Davis and Hanna. Can anyone help?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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