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(Francis) Smith Edwards


Born in Norwich, England. Graduate of the (NY) College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1854. Married to Ely Ann Goodwin with two children. He practiced as a physician in New York City.

He saw service during the Mexican War. He wrote of his experiences in A Campaign in New Mexico with Col. Doniphan.

He struck copies including the Higley threepence struck from Bolen dies and an Immune Columbia. He produced the "Edwards copy" of 1796 half cent. Edward Cogan stated that he had destroyed the Edwards dies. Edwards served as vice president of the New York Numismatical Society.

He died, probably in New York City, of typhoid fever contracted from a patient he was treating. Parts of his collection appeared in three auctions: Strobridge December 28, 1863, Bangs, Merwin March 13, 1865, and Cogan October 16, 1865.

bio: American Medical Biographies, 1920 ; NUM/NIN 6/93

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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