Born in Hamburg, Germany. He was employed as a banker in Germany. He moved to New York in 1938 and Berkeley in 1953. Married with two daughters.
Gans did business as Numismatic Fine Arts prior to 1975. After 1975 the name was used by a company formed by Bruce McNall. He offered his numismatic reference library to the ANA but funds were not available. This occurred at the same time as fund raising for the ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs. Gans then arranged for the library containing over 10,000 titles to go to the UCLA library. His collection of seals and the related library was donated to UCLA in 1987.
Three auction sales were conducted under the name of Edward Gans 1954 to 1960.
He died at home in Berkeley, California.
obit: CW 3/13/91Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies