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John Lupia submitted the following information from his   Encyclopedic Dictionary 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 midwest coin dealer and pearl specalist Charles Adam Windau. -Editor

Charles Adam Windau Charles Adam Windau (1860-1935), born the second of five children on March 3, 1860, in Hebron, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, son of August Ferdinand Windau (1835-1913), a merchant of Darmstadt, Germany, and Rosina C. Barth Windau (1832-1888), of Darmstadt, Germany. His parents came to America in 1860 just prior to Charles' birth.

Charles A. Windau was a traveling merchant in the jewelry business who also bought and sold coins and was active in numismatic organizations. He specialized in U. S. and foreign gold coinages. He was the paterfamilias of E. H. Windau and O. B. Windau who also were coin dealers. Edmund also specialized in U. S. and foreign gold coinages.

He appears to have married Caroline Elizabeth Hower (1855-1936), at Watsontown, Pennsylvania about 1885. They had a son Edmund Hower Windau (1886-1964), a member of the Western Reserve Numismatic Club. Charles A. Windau divorced Caroline Elizabeth Hower sometime before 1900.

In 1902, he was a pearl buyer and coin dealer and numismatic publisher at Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana

Windau Pearl buyer TRIBUNE, Fri June 11, 1909, p. 1 On October 28, 1902, he married Lillie Christine Worth (1875-1923), of Iowa, daughter of Frederick John Worth (1840-1920), of Maryland, and Ellen Wachter Worth (1851-1924), of Germany. They had six children...

In 1910, he lived in Red Wing, Minnesota, where he bought and sold coins and published his annual Fixed Price List and noted in them he did not buy 1853 U. S. Quarters with arrows at date or rays.

In 1913, he moved to Chicago. He was a member of the Chicago Numismatic Society. Windau donated a book on New York Store Cards to the Chicago Numismatic Society. He resigned in March 1914, when he moved to Elgin, Kane County, Illinois.

In May 1931, he was a visitor to the California Coin Club.

Windau Detroit Coin Club exhibit NUM Nov 1931, p. 801
On August 30, 1931, he was a visitor to the Detroit Coin Club and brought a large quantity and variety of U. S. and Territorial gold coinages including 100 small and large size uncirculated U. S. gold dollars; an 1849 Moffat $5 gold piece; two proof 1879 Stella $4 gold pieces; a proof 1804 $5 gold piece; three 1795 U. S. Silver Dollars and one each of 1796, 1797, 1798, 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803; 1830-1842, and 1845 Russian platinum 3, 6, and 12 Rubles.

On December 17, 1931, he was a visitor to the Detroit Coin Club and brought Austrian 4 Ducat of 1886 and 1899, and Russian platinum coins, an 1843 3 Rubles and an 1830 6 Rubles.

On September 6, 1932, Charles Windau was a visitor at the Atlanta Coin Club and exhibited his gold coin collection and entertained the members talking about coins.

WINDAU TOMB He died on July 2, 1935 at Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan, New York.

Windau sure moved and traveled a lot. Multiple members of his family became involved in numismatics as well. See the complete article for more information.

Many thanks to John Lupia for writing these biographies and sharing them with E-Sylum readers. Many peripheral figures like Windau are little-known today, yet they were quite well known and active in their day. This really helps bring alive the story of numismatics in this country. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:

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