John Lupia submitted the following information from his Encyclopedic Dictionary of Numismatic Biographies for this week's installment of his series. Thanks! As always, this is an excerpt with the full article and bibliography available online. This week's subject is collector George Friedrich Ulex.
Georg Friedrich Ulex, was born on October 12, 1841 at Hamburg, Germany, son of Georg Ludwig Ulex, an apothecary. He left his father's Apothecary shop where he worked as an apothecary at Stubbenhuk 5, Hamburg, Germany and sailed on the S.S. Dampfschiff to New York on May 15, 1867 to work in his profession in America. He was a numismatist noted for the sale of one of his collections in 1902 and also that of his estate that sold the remaining coins posthumously in 1908. In America he was known among the numismatists having been cited in the July 1870 issue of Mason’s Coin and Stamp Collectors Magazine by his initials G. F. U., Hamburg, Germany .
He left the United States about May of 1870 to return to his father's apothecary shop at Stubbenhuk 5, Hamburg, Germany. He was a corresponding member of the ANS since January 15, 1878. He married Auguste Marie Friederike Walkhoff on May 15, 1886 at Hamburg. They had two sons Georg Johannes Ulex (1887-), and Oscar Friedrich Ulex (1888-) and, a daughter Sophie Marie Ulex (1890-).
“Mr. Low advertises a splendid collection to be sold by him next June. It consists of the American coins of Mr. George F. Ulex, of Hamburg, Germany. There are rarities in nearly all of the series represented, and it is especially rich in the Colonials, Territorial gold, half-cents, uncirculated and proof coins and patterns.” The prices realized of over sixty lots were published in The Numismatist August 1902 issue.
He donated some auction catalogs to the ANS library.
He died on April 22, 1907 at the age of 65 and 6 months.
To read the complete article, see:
ULEX, GEORGE FREDERICK
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