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Maurice M. Gould


Born in Boston, Massachusetts. Married Jean Shapiro December 22, 1934. They had a son and a daughter. Attended Boston University 1930 to 1932. Graduate of Burdett College in 1934. He began collecting after he dug up an 1816 large cent in his backyard at age eight.

Coin dealer in Boston 1940 to 1951. Partner with Frank D. Washburn in the Copley Coin Company 1951 to 1956. He retired from the coin business in 1966.

Served as president of the New England Numismatic Association and several other clubs. He served as editor of the TAMS Journal. Editor of NASC Quarterly after 1967. Joined 99 Company January 1, 1968. He was elected to the ANA board of governors and served until his death. In 1972 he was appointed director of public relations for the Lombardo Mint. Received ANA Medal of Merit in 1970. He served on the Assay Commission for 1974.

He wrote a weekly column, "Coin Roundup" that was syndicated in 56 papers. He also wrote articles for Numismatic News and COINS magazine. He contributed "Lore of Numismatics" to NN 1970-75. One of the founders and director of the Numismatic Literary Guild. He received a NLG award for "Best Syndicated Columnist" in 1972 and 1974. The award was renamed to honor Gould in 1976. 

Author with Kenneth Bressett of Alaska's Coinage Through the Years in 1960. Author of Merchant Counterstamps on American Silver Coins in 1962. Author of Gould's Gold and Silver Guide to Coins published in 1969. 

He died in a hospital in Los Angeles. Received ANA Farran Zerbe Award posthumously in 1976. Coins from his estate were in an auction conducted by Sol Taylor in 1977. In 1988 he was inducted into the ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame.

bio: ConAut 5NR profile: NN/WWH 4/17/73

obit: CW 12/10/1975 (photo); NN 12/13/75; NUM 89 Jan 1976 page 76 (photo)

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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