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The E-Sylum: Volume 20, Number 32, August 6, 2017, Article 18

REV. JUSTUS DOOLITTLE (1824-1880)

An article August 1, 2017 on the Chinese Money Matters blog (published by Helen Wang, Curator of East Asian Money, The British Museum) highlights collector Rev. Justus Doolittle, incorporating information digitized by the Newman Numismatic Portal and the American Numismatic Society. -Editor

Social Life of the Chinese Rev. Justus Doolittle (1824-1880), American Board missionary in China, is well-known for his publications, including

  • Social Life of the Chinese, with some accounts of their religious, governmental, educational and business customs and opinions, with special but not exclusive reference to Fuhchau [Fuzhou] (1865)
  • Social Life of the Chinese: a daguerrotype of daily life in China (1868)
  • A Vocabulary and Hand-book of the Chinese Language (1872).

He was also a collector of Chinese coins. Note the spade-money issued by Wang Mang on the spines of these books!

Doolittle died on 15 June 1880. His collection of Chinese coins was sold a year later by Messrs Bangs & Co., 739 and 741 Broadway, New York City, in June 1881, and a printed catalogue was prepared: Catalogue of American and foreign coins and medals, the collection of O.A. Jenison, of Lansing, Mich. Also, the collection of Chinese coins formed by Rev. Justus Doolittle, of China. Together with a fine and large collection of Union envelopes, the property of a lady of Boston. And a collection of old coin sale catalogues. to be sold by auction, by Messrs. Bangs & Co. ... on Wednesday and Thursday, June 22, 23, 1881.

COLLECTION OF CHINESE COINS FORMED BY REV. JUSTUS DOOLITTLE COLLECTION OF CHINESE COINS FORMED BY REV. JUSTUS DOOLITTLE cover

For illustration I've added images from the catalog. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
COLLECTOR: JUSTUS DOOLITTLE (1824-1880) (https://chinesemoneymatters.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/collector-justus-doolittle-1824-1880/)

To read the complete catalog on the Newman Numismatic Portal, see:
CATALOGUE OF AMERICAN AND FOREIGN COINS AND MEDALS, THE COLLECTION OF O. A. JENISON, OF LANSING, MICH. ALSO, THE COLLECTION OF CHINESE COINS FORMED BY REV. JUSTUS DOOLITTLE, OF CHINA. TOGETHER WITH A FINE AND LARGE COLLECTION OF UNION ENVELOPES, THE PROPERTY OF A LADY OF BOSTON. AND A COLLECTION OF OLD COIN SALE CATALOGUES. (https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/auctionlots?aucCoId=29&auctionId=511216)

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