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 Ohio dealer Jacob Postley. -Editor
Jacob Postley (1861-post 1937), he was born in New York in June 1861. He graduated High School in 1878. After high school he worked as a
jeweler in New York. On January 15, 1893 he married Elizabeth Byatt (1871-post 1940) in New York City. They had a son Jack Sherman Postley
(1895-1951). His career was largely that of a Jeweler, Pawnbroker, and Coin Dealer. This biographical sketch will be useful to those numismatic
bibliophiles that come across Postley's Coin Book.
In the New York City Directory for 1899 he is listed as a Jeweler operating at 613 8th Avenue, New York City, with a residence at 326
West 36th Street.
In 1900, he moved to Toledo, Ohio and operated Pawn Shops there that frequently carried coins which he advertised to buy at a premium
publishing his Coin Book. He hired a clerk, Robert F. Colwell to assist him and William T. Talburt as a watchmaker. He applied for
membership to the ANA in October 1902 and was given ANA Member No. 448 in November. His address in 1902 was 113 Summit Street, Toledo,
He published a 20-page fixed price list with an address at 107 Summit Street, Toledo, Ohio.
He is not listed in Remy Bourne, Premium Paid For Lists. On the back cover he cites many non numismatic items he also buys which
clearly shows he operated a curiosity/ pawnbroker shop which also carried numismatic items allowing him opportunity to act as a coin
He, his wife retired are listed in the Florida State Census and also in the Daytona Beach City Directory of 1935 - 1937 living at 511
Ora Street. He is listed in the Florida State Census as retired and his son Jack S. Postley working as a jeweler. His son Jack returned to
Toledo in 1940 with his wife Ruth operating their business Postley's Jewelry Store, 107 Summit Street. Jack S. Postley died in 1951 and
is buried in Toledo Memorial Park.
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Wayne Homren, Editor
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