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James F. Kelly


Born in Dayton, Ohio. He worked in his father's grocery store. Married Edna Mae Chaney October 28, 1955. They had no children.

He became a coin dealer in 1936. Worked with B. G. Johnson in St. Louis until 1946. Kelly did business under his own name in Dayton, Ohio until 1964. On February 1, 1959, he moved to larger quarters and began to do business under the name World Numismatiques. Kelly conducted auctions from 1940 to 1965. He conducted the ANA convention sales of 1950, 1951, 1955, 1961 and 1962. His ads inside the front cover of The Numismatist came under the heading "Always in the Front." Kelly claimed to have sold three of the four known strawberry wreath cents. He received the Medal of Merit from the Central States Numismatic Society in 1953. He was named president of Paramount International Coin Corporation formed June 30, 1964. Other founders of Paramount were Michael DiSalle, Max Humbert and James Ruddy. In 1966 Paramount bought up Kelly's firm World Numismatiques, Inc.

Kelly was a founder of Coin World in 1959 and wrote the U.S. Trends column in Coin World 1960 to 1968. He published Coins and Chatter 1948 to 1962.

He died at home in Englewood, Ohio.

bio: NCAB 54 (photo) obit: CW 1/8/69 (photo); NN 1/7/69; NUM 82 Feb 1969 page 184

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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