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Robert Coulton Davis

Biography

Born ca. 1823, d. 8/24/1888. Married to Jennie with three sons. Pharmacist. Employed at the store of Charles Ellis. He was later in business for himself. Davis collected letters and autographs of signers of the Declaration of Independence. His numismatic collection was strong on pattern pieces. He wrote "Pattern and Experimental Issues of the United States Mint" originally serialized in the Coin Collector's Journal. He was a member of the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Philadelphia and the American Philosophical Society. He served as curator for the numismatic collection of the American Philosophical Society. He bought an 1804 dollar from Haseltine in 1877 and sold it back to Haseltine for $1050 in 1883. He bought it again at the Klein sale in 1888 for $660. It went to John Hale in 1890. Collection sold at auction by New York Coin and Stamp January 20-24, 1890.

Obit: AJN 23 Oct 1888 page 47 (gives DOD as 8/25/1888).

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies

 

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