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John Douglas Ferguson

Biography

Born in Ontario. Resident of Stanstead, Quebec. Married to Bess Helena in 1928 with a son. (Bess died January 14, 1979.) He headed the firm of Spencer Supports Ltd. of Rock Island, Quebec.

He was Canadian and active in Canadian numismatic organizations. His extensive collections of Canadian coins, tokens and paper money were acquired by the Bank of Canada. The best private collection of Canadian medals was sold to the Riveredge Foundation and is now at the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta. Parts of his collection were sold at auction by Kreisberg & Schulman in 1957.

Served as second vice president of the ANA 1939 to 1941 and served as 23rd ANA President August 21, 1941, to September 13, 1943. He received the ANA Medal of Merit in 1947 and Farran Zerbe Memorial Award in 1966.

Ferguson was known as “the Dean of Canadian Numismatics.” He died at his winter home in Cocoa Beach, Florida. In 1982 he was elected to the ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame.

profile: NUM 54 Oct 1941 page 803 (photo) obit: CW 12/23/81 (photo); NUM 95 Feb 1982 page 408-409

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies

 

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