Born in Cleveland, Ohio. Married to Eve in 1919. He received a B.A. from Case School of Applied Science, now Case Western Reserve University, in 1917. He served in the military during WW I. He worked for the family business until 1947 when he retired to Florida. He organized two banks in Ormond Beach, Florida.
He began to collect sea shells and eventually accumulated 30,000 of them. He started collecting coins as a child. He served as chairman of the board of the ANA in 1933. He received the ANA gold 50 year membership award in 1973. He was a charter member of the Western Reserve Numismatic Society. Founder and president of the Daytona Beach Numismatic Club.
He assembled a collection of Colonial and Continental paper money second only to that of Henry Chapman. Both Freeman and Chapman planned to write books but neither did. The Freeman collection was sold to Eric Newman who did write the book. He sold his U. S. currency collection to B. Max Mehl.
Author of Florida Obsolete Notes and Scrip issued in 1967 at $4.75. It was one of a series published for the Society of Paper Money Collectors. Collection sold at auction by RARCOA May 13, 1977.
Received ANA Medal of Merit in 1968. He died at home in Ormond Beach, Florida.
obit: CW 3/24/76; NUM 89 Jun 1976 p 1279 (photo); BNR Aug 1986 DOB:SSDI
See also the Freeman bio in the RARCOA May 1977 (Central States Convention) sale catalog.
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"Florida Obsolete Notes and Scrip" by Harley L. Freeman. This is an in-copyright publication. "Snippet" results will appear in the Newman Portal search results.