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 Maine coin dealer A. E. Marks. -Editor
Arthur Elbridge Marks (1853-1917), was born on February 12, 1853, at Yarmouth, Cumberland County, Maine, son of Elbridge Marks (1830-), a farmer, and Mary Adele Marks (1834-).
In 1860 he lived with his parents on the family farm in Penobscot, Hancock County, Maine. Later on he emerges as one of the early prominent collectors and dealers of Maine numismatic history.
He became a real-estate developer and construction company president specializing in building residential homes.
He was a contemporary of William Theodore Curtis (1849-1897), and Charles Burleigh (1855-1916), coin dealers in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine active in 1878 and 1880 respectively and Lt. Col.
Charles E. Blunt, a collector of Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, active 1881, and Ferguson Haines (1840-1925) of Biddeford, York County, Maine.
Marks became a frequent correspondent of the Chapman Brothers beginning in the 1880's.
In American numismatic history is is known simply as A. E. Marks, Woodfords, Maine. Marks was a coin dealer who advertised selling early American copper cents in The Numismatist in
August, 1892, on page 32. By this date he already prepared and devised arranging select coins for sale in packets to be sent on approval for clientele. His inventory lists grew into his published FPL
which seems to have first emerged probably sometime in either late 1895 or early 1896.
He is ANA member no. 89.
His name appeared in the March 1892 issue of The Numismatist, in list no. 15, as number 431.
In 1894, he built the Edward E. Marks Home
He died at age 64 on July 30, 1917.
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MARKS, ARTHUR ELBRIDGE
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