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 Rev. Frederick M. Bird. -Editor
Rev. Frederick Mayer Bird (1838-1908), was born June 28, 1838, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of Robert Montgomery Bird (1806-1854), a
dramatist and novelist, and Mary Mayer Bird (1809-1868).
Like all students studying Latin and ancient history since the early colonial period he was introduced to ancient numismatics by his
In 1857, he graduated the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1860, he graduated Union Theological Seminary, New York.
On September 3, 1861, he was ordained a Lutheran minister and served at Rhinebeck, New York.
During the Civil War he served as a chaplain in the U. S. Army from 1862 - 1863.
In 1869, Bird was ordained a priest
From 1870-1874, he served as Rector at Spotswood, New Jersey.
He consigned coins to an auction sale held by Bangs - March 12, 1873.
He wrote about Roman Emperors and their families depicted on coins in his widely acclaimed article : "In A Cabinet" Lippincott's
Magazine, February (1878)
From 1881-1886, he was professor of Psychology, and Rhetoric at Leheigh University.
He was a corresponding member of the ANS since May 15, 1883.
He was a frequent correspondent of the Chapman Brothers buying and selling, bidding on their sales and using them as bidding agents for other
sales catalogued by other coin dealers or auction houses.
In 1886, he published "Recollections of Mickley," American Journal of Numismatics (1886) : 16
From 1893-1898, he was editor of Lippincott's Magazine.
He was an aficionado on handwriting, calligraphy, and penmanship and wrote a series of articles in the Independent, a New York weekly
In the April 1903 issue of The Numismatist he is listed as ANA Member No. 501.
He died at South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on April 2, 1908.
Lyman Haynes Low auctioned off the remainder of Bird's coin collection in three auctions held June 8, 1908, July 9, 1908, and September 4-5,
To read the complete article, see:
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BIRD, REV. FREDERICK MAYER
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