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Amon Giles Carter

Biography

Born in Fort Worth, Texas. Graduate of the University of Texas in 1941. Married to George Ann Brown in January 1953. They had two sons and a daughter. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and spent 27 months in Germany as a prisoner of war 1943 to 1945. He received a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Employed with Carter Publishers 1936 to 1982 and president 1952 to 1974.

Publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He served on the board of directors of American Airlines and the Overton National Bank. He operated the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art. He was a part owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team. He died of a heart attack on a freeway in Dallas. In 2002 he was inducted inot the ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame.

He served on the Assay Commission for 1960. His collection of world paper money was the most complete collection known. His 1957 exhibit received the Howland Wood “Best-of-Show” award. Collection sold at auction by Stack's January 18-21, 1984. An 1804 silver dollar realized $180,000. Parts of the Carter collection were also sold at auction by Lyn Knight in 1985 and Hickman & Oakes in 1986.

bio: ConAut 111; NYT 82; WWWA-8

profile: NN 1/14/84 obit: BNR Sep 82; CW 8/11/82; NN 8/7/82; NUM 95 Oct 1982 page 2539; NYT 7/26/82; ANAHist 1384

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies

 

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