John Lupia submitted the following information from the online draft of his book 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 and dealer John Zug. -Editor
John Zug (1869-1949), was born on May 1, 1869, Washington, District of Columbia, son of John Edgar Zug (1842-1915), and Frances "Fannie" Hallis Ege Zug
(1843-1913). His family estate Tanglewood is located in Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland.
In 1877, the eight year old John Zug began stamp collecting.
In 1892, he graduated Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, with a Civil Engineering degree.
He worked as a civil engineer, and was a stamp and coin dealer on the side.
In 1892, he worked for the United States government relocating to 322 Occidental Block, Seattle, Washington, to work on harbor dredging there. While there he became the first
stamp dealer in the Pacific-Northwest.
On September 20, 1899, he married Katheryn Ella Davey (1880-1953), at Montesano, Lewis County, Washington. They had a daughter Frances. The couple were divorced in Alaska
sometime after November 1917.
In 1907, at Boston, John Zug sold his stamp collection at auction.
In 1909, he is reported by some to have purchased 25,000 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents from the San Francisco Mint.
In 1920, he returned to his family estate Tanglewood is located in Bowie, Prince Georges County, Maryland. There he and his sister Anna (1876-1967) traded as stamp
dealers. Benjamin Hudson Collins (q.v.), suggested he become a coin dealer.
Beginning November 1920 until October 1949 he published a full-page inside back cover advertisement in The Numismatist.
From 1920 to 1946, John Zug sold coins and stamps from his family farmhouse "Tanglewood", Bowie, Maryland. He was known to carry a wide assortment of gold coins.
In 1923 he became ANA Member No. 2123.
In 1927, the Washington Coin Club was founded and charter member John Zug was elected Vice President.
In 1935 he was a charter member of the Baltimore Coin Club.
In 1948, at the the ANA Convention, San Francisco, California, he was awarded the 25 year member silver medal.
Among the coin rarities he owned were : an 1876 proof-like Type I Trade Dollar, an MS67 Red 1909-S VDB Cent.
He died on October 23, 1949 at his daughter Frances' home in Towson, Maryland. He is buried in Holy Trinity Methodist Cemetery, Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland.
Zug was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner.
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