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The E-Sylum: Volume 22, Number 31, August 4, 2019, Article 21


The Society of Paper Money Collectors (SPMC) inducted four members into its Hall of Fame in 2019. Prior inductees include Matt Rothert, Neil Shafer, and Luis VanBelkum. With permission, here are the bios of the 2019 inductees from the club's web site. -Editor

Frederick Charles Cogswell (F.C.C.) Boyd
F.C.C. Boyd F. C.C. Boyd was born in New York City on April 4 or 10, 1886 and died on September 7, 1958. He is primarily known to the numismatic world today through the sales of the John J. Ford Collection, the latter having acquired many numismatic items from Boyd. His numismatic interests were far reaching, from colonials to odd and curious, as well as political ribbons. He was active in the numismatic community and became member # 1594 of the ANA in July, 1912 as well as a fellow and resident member of the ANS on Jan. 17, 1914. He joined the New York Coin Club in July 1914 and held many offices including President in 1916. He was prominent on the NYCC paper money committee that resulted in his publication in 1924 of Daniel Valentine's reference book on fractional currency. In 1945 and 1946, Abe Kosoff and his Numismatic Gallery sold portions of the Boyd Collection under the non de plume "World's Greatest Collection." Among the coins owned by Boyd and his wife Helen, was a 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle, which was proudly displayed at two or more ANA conventions.

Lyn F. Knight
Lyn F. Knight Lyn Knight has been involved in Numismatics for 56 years staring with very humble beginnings to the present day where he conducts auctions and operates the annual International Paper Money Show. Lyn grew up in Cherokee Iowa, a nice little community in northwest Iowa. He is considered one of the “Iowa Boys” when talking about Nationals. He attended his first show when he was 13 years old & set up as a dealer of coin supplies, operating on a budget of $10.75. He was dependent upon his mother and other dealers to drive him to shows until he got his license.

Like most PM collectors he started out with coins but soon started to appreciate the beauty & rarity of paper money. He states that “He likes building collections for collectors” and while he focusses on paper money & coins, he also likes posters, postcards, art glass and any other good collectable item. He has not strayed far from the Midwest as he lives and conducts his business in the Kansas City area. Lyn worked for a few different coin businesses in the beginning, but Lyn prefers to be independent (and he readily acknowledges the assistance his has from his wife & son). His auction business has conducted PM sales for over 30 years with many being tied in with the major shows.

Lyn has had the pleasure of working with some of the most recognized names in the hobby. Probably the most famous one was Amon Carter. Lyn had the pleasure of selling his collection that contained so many great rarities. Lyn has also been involved with liquidation of Bank cash holdings over the years. He has always been fair & honest in his dealings as a dealer, auctioneer & a show promoter. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame recognizes Lyn’s long time contributions and promotion of our great hobby.

James Roy Pennell, JR
James Roy Pennell, JR Pennell was born on May 29, 1924 and passed away on June 17, 2008. Mr. Pennell received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University and was a graduate of the Harvard Business School (1973 - 1975). He served in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II and the Korean Conflict. His highest rank achieved was Lieutenant of the Civil Engineering Corp. He was a member of the United States Assay Commission (Presidential Appointment on February 12, 1969) and a member of the South Carolina State Museum Board.

He was a charter member of the SPMC and held member #8 as well as Honorary Member # 9 and Honorary Life Member #8. He served as President of the SPMC from 1971-1975; vice president 1969-1971; secretary from 1964-1967 and governor from 1965-1979. He received an Outstanding Service Award in 1968 and the Nathan Gold award in 1988. In 1985, he wrote a reference book on North Carolina obsoletes, Obsolete Banknotes of North Carolina, published by Sanford Durst. Mr. Pennell was honored by a special exhibition in the Smithsonian. He joined the ANA in 1945, was a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society.

Austin Sheheen, JR
Austin Sheheen, JR A long time collector of South Carolina paper (notes, stocks, bonds, etc), Mr. Sheheen holds SPMC member #2207 and Life Member #122. He served the society as President from 1991-1993; vice-president 1989-1991 and governor from 1988-1992. He published South Carolina Obsolete Notes in 1960 and did a major revision South Carolina Obsolete Notes and Scrip in 2003.

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