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 dealer Fred Bernet of the Newark Stamp & Coin
Frederick William Bernet (1887-1977), was born Friedrich Wilhem Berndt on January 9, 1887, in Silesia, Prussia (now divided among Poland, Czech Republic, and Germany),
son of Polish Jewish parents : Ferdinand Friedrich Berndt (1829-1887), and Marie Berndt.
Records vary regarding the year he arrived in America. The 1920 Census says 1901, or the 1910 Census reports 1904, or the 1930 Census claims 1908. We know for certain he
In 1908, he lived at 279 Fairmount Avenue, Newark, New Jersey.
In 1908, at the age of twenty-one, he founded the Newark Stamp & Coin Company, 169 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey, which later on was located at 82-89 Park Place,
Newark, New Jersey.
In 1908, he married Anna Elizabeth Baude, and they had two children : Egon "Ed" Berndt (1910-1998), and Gladys Berndt (1914-).
Berndt used to travel to visit his family in Hirschberg, Prussia (now Poland), and bring back postal correspondence with its various franking and postal markings to sell to his
On September 1, 1912, the Newark Stamp Club was organized and published their house organ the Newark Stamp News (1912-1915). It is not clear if Bernet was a member, but
it seems very likely.
After April 6, 1917, when Congress declared war on Germany, Fred Berndt decided to change his family name from Berndt to Bernet for obvious reasons. However, this did
not deter trouble, but may have invited it.
He is listed as an applicant to the ANA in May 1934. In June 1934 he is ANA Member No. 4460. In February 1943 his ANA Member No. 9381.
Above are newspaper articles interviewing Bernet about 1922 plain and 1943 copper cents. See the complete article online for more, including the Coin World article
headlined "Coin dealer Was A Hero In James Bond Thriller". -Editor
The family business is currently run by Fred Bernet's grandson Fred W. Bernet.
To read the complete article, see:
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BERNET, FREDERICK WILLIAM
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