Dave Bowers writes:
Do you know of any American numismatists who were also accomplished in the field of chess? I have:
Ben Franklin, not a numismatist, but numismatically important for his coin legends and the printing of paper money;
Daniel W. Fiske, an assistant librarian at the Astor Library, NYC, in the late 1850s and an important numismatist,
Fred Reinfeld (1910-1960), a popular writer on chess (mostly) and coins, and
S.W. Brown, a Shreveport rare dealer in the 1980s who was also a regional chess champion.
This is for a chapter in a book I am doing, about Sage and his Paul Morphy token.
Great question. Reinfeld was the only one I could think of, although I'm sure there are more. Can anyone help? Recreational play
doesn't count - I beat my best friend's legendary Uncle Albert once in a lucky blaze of glory, but that's not the level of
accomplishment Dave's looking for. -Editor
The personal preferences and habits of historical, numismatic, and other people are seldom recorded. For example, while we know of
some White House pets (Fala the dog, Socks the cat), we have no clue as to the type of toothpaste, beer, shoes, etc., that presidents
Many numismatists over the years have enjoyed and have even become prominent in non-numismatic activities and hobbies, but such are
little recorded. One dealer was an avid big-game hunter, another a race car driver, another an important collector of stamps, etc., and
so it goes.
Pete Smith writes:
John Dale Beety was a junior chess champion. I believe my American Numismatic Biographies is one of few sources that mention
other interests of numismatists.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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