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 New York City dealer Joseph Negreen. -Editor
Joseph Francis Negreen, Jr., was a popular "Coin and Stamp Dealer," operating at various offices along East 23rdStreet, New York City, New York, the same blocks where we also find
Scott Stamp & Coin, Ltd., Thomas L. Elder, and Lyman Haynes Low. Negreen also traded there as the Greater New York Stamp & Coin Company.
Joseph Francis Negreen, Jr. (1881-1924), was born on March 7, 1881 in New York City [some records report born in Bohemia, i.e., Austria], son of Joseph Francis Negreen, Sr. (1857-) and Katherine
(1858-) were Bohemian - Austrian immigrants.
A James Frank Negreen was a stamp dealer in Omaha, Nebraska. So far no connection has been made between these two men.
In the May 15, 1904 issue of the American Journal of Philately, page 115, "The Case of R. P. H. Wolle," we read that Joseph Negreen was one of the key witnesses in this
unprecedented forgery case. It is unprecedented since there were neither previous court cases of philatelic forgeries nor any previous court case involving any stamp dealers in the annals of the New
York judiciary. It was Negreen who brought about New York's first trial case involving philatelic forgeries.
The 1905 NY Census lists him as a Bohemian, as single, and working as a Coin Dealer.
In the Los Angeles Herald, Saturday Morning edition, July 18, 1908, "Rare Coins Stolen From Numismatist," relates how Lyman H. Low visited Negreen after having been robbed
of $5,000 worth of ancient coins and paper money. Low is reported to return to his shop finding the sidewalk display case was smashed open and $500 in coins were reported stolen. The replicas that
were stolen were of Jewish shekels, Ptolemaic, Greek, and Roman coins.
In the August 1908 issue of The Numismatist, page 238, Negreen's stamp and coin shop is reported to have been robbed on the night of June 9th of both coins and stamps worth $5,000, a
considerable amount. Fortunately, they, for some unaccountable reason, probably hurried off when Negreen was coming back, did not steal the gold coins leaving that case untouched. Lyman H. Low, who
also was also robbed had been fortunate enough to have them steal his replicas in the sidewalk display case, apparently thinking they were real.
To read the complete article, see:
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NEGREEN, JOSEPH FRANCIS, Jr.
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