Born in Fall River, Massachusetts. Married to Mima Carr Gray in 1905. They had one child.
Dealer in Fall River, Massachusetts. Sears conducted three auctions during 1904 to 1910. He later joined Wayte Raymond in the United States Coin Company. He issued a few undated fixed price lists. In 1914 he exhibited early gold coins at the ANS. In 1918 he retired and Raymond began to conduct business under his own name. Sears placed his stock with B. Max Mehl for auction. He was a 32nd degree Mason. He died at home in Swansea, Massachusetts.
obit: NUM 51 Jan 1938 page 33; ANAHist 563
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Full title: "Choice United States Gold, Silver and Copper Coins: Encased Stamps, Fractional Currency, Etc." by Elmer S. Sears. Date approximate.