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James Ten Eyck


Born in Albany, New York. Attended Burlington College in New Jersey. Employed with New York Central Railroad in Albany. In September of 1857 went to work for Bacon and Stickeny, coffee and spice merchants. He remained with the firm for 53 years.

He was an active Mason and served as grand master of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York. His name appears on some Masonic medals.

He served as president of the Albany Institute Historical and Art Society, and  the Home Savings Bank. He died in Albany.

He sold off his first collection in 1865. He bought the Linderman 1804 dollar at auction in 1888 for $470. The collection was sold at auction by B. Max Mehl May 2, 1922. The 2754 lots realized $45,638.42. His 1798 Half Eagle with small eagle realized $5250, a new record price for a single U.S. coin. The Brasher Doubloon realized $3000. An 1815 $5 gold realized $2200. His 1804 restrike dollar brought $840. A Washington New Jersey cent realized $1100, a Washington Confederation cent brought $1050 and a New Jersey cent with 1786 date below beam realized $1000. The "South American Brasher Doubloon" brought $260.

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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