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 collector Dr.
Aurelius De Yoanna. -Editor
Dr. Aurelius De Yoanna (1861-1952), was born in Avelino, Italy, on December 21, 1861. His father was the owner of Banca Avillinese, which suffered
difficulties in April 1888.
In 1880 he immigrated to America.
Following in his father's footsteps he worked at Martin & Runyon, Bankers & Brokers, 100 Broadway, New York, New York.
In 1884 he married Teresa.
Since 1885, he was a frequent correspondent with the Chapman Brothers buying many ancient Greek and Roman, Medieval, and Foreign coins over the years...
He graduated from the University of the State of New York (AB). He then studied in Polytechnical Schools in Italy, Switzerland and France. He was employed
at the Chemist, Bacteriology, and Hygienic Bureau, Paris, France, from 1891-1893.
He graduated from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1898 (MD).
In 1916 he patented a foolproof identification film to place on X-Rays to legally identify the person. He worked lifelong as a physician and surgeon.
He was a collector of rare books, documents, letters, and ancient Greek and Roman, Medieval, and Foreign coins from his youth. He was active in historical
societies and museums and frequently is cited as a donor.
He purchased a valuable collection of Italian letters from the Maggs Brothers, London, and donated them to Columbia University, Library, New York, together
with a collection of rare Italian books valued over $10,000.
He lived at 111 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, New York.
He was a member of the New York Numismatic Club. His suggestion to exhibit coins unknown and unclassified was taken up by the NY Numismatic Club and the ANA
On December 12, 1922, B. Max Mehl auctioned off his coins in Sale #64, together with H. E. Rawson, and David Strasser Collections.
He owned a rare gold Aureus of Antoninus Pius, a rare gold 1-1/2 Solidi of Constantine the Great of which only about seven were known.
His coin collection combined with that of the late James K. Shoffner of Norristown, together comprising 621 lots that were sold through Henry
Chapman, in his 43rd sale held on Wednesday, April 25, 1923, Davis & Harvey Auctioneers, Philadelphia. Adams rating B-.
He died on September 14, 1952, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Kings, New York.
To read the complete article, see:
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