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Edward Theodore Newell


Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Graduate of Yale with A.B. in 1907 and A.M. in 1909. Married Adra Nelson Marshall April 22, 1909. Served as first lieutenant in military intelligence in the Army 1917 to 1918. He served on the Assay Commission for 1919. As a man of independent means, he devoted his life to the study of numismatics. He received the Archer M. Huntington Award Medal in 1918. He left $50,000 to the ANS as a fund to purchase coins. He also donated 127,000 items to the ANS collection.

He published several books on topics related to ancient numismatics. He was an active member of the ANS. He was elected to the council in 1910 and served as 12th ANS President from January 28, 1916, to February 18, 1941.

Newell served as president of the New York Numismatic Club 1934 through 1936. The club honored him with one of their presidential medals in 1940. The design was by J. M. Swanson. There was one piece struck in platinum, 11 in nickel, 16 in silver, and 34 in bronze. He died on Long Island. In 1969 he was elected to the ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame.

bio: DAB; NCAB 41; WWWA-1; NUM 64 Mar 1951 page 273-274

profile: NUM 104 Sep 1991 page 1377 (photo)

obit: NUM 54 Apr 1941 page 267 (photo)

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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