Last week I asked if anyone could tell us more about Professor J.H. Alexander of Baltimore, donor of the 1859 U.S. Proof set being deacquisitioned by the Royal Mint Museum
Ed Hohertz writes:
The article on the proof gold coin set being sold from the Royal Mint Collection had me search the library of the local Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland, Ohio). This may be the same Alexander, but tells us nothing of his interests in numismatics.
Index to the Calendar of Maryland state-papers, comp. under direction of John Henry Alexander.
by Alexander, J. H. (John Henry), 1812-1867, ed.
Baltimore, J. S. Waters, 1861.
• Archives -- Maryland.
Description: xiv p., 1 l., 66 p. 24 cm.
OCLC #: ocm07393523
Notes: Index to the first volume of a manuscript calendar of Maryland documentary material, covering in general the period, 1637-1702.
Add Title: Calendar of Maryland state-papers, Index to.
I did some poking around myself and found this biographical essay on J.H. Alexander published in 1872.
In 1857 Dr. Alexander went to Europe representing the U.S. government in drumming up interest for a Unification of Coinage. He was unsuccessful. According to the pamphlet, Alexander was about to be appointed Director of the Mint in 1867, but he died before that could happen.
To read the complete pamphlet, see:
BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR OF JOHN H. ALEXANDER.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
MORTON & EDEN TO SELL DUPLICATE 1859 U.S. PROOF SET
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