American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society



Invoice sent to Lovejoy from Hollenbeck Kagin Coin Company of Des Moines, Iowa, 1973

Allen Lovejoy papers, 1952-1994
1.5 cubic feet (2 boxes)

Biographical note
Allen F. Lovejoy (1919-1997) of Riverside, Connecticut, was an expert on early American dimes, assembling a collection spanning from 1796 to the late 20th century and coauthoring the definitive reference book on the subject, Early United States Dimes, 1796-1837 (1984). He was elected a member of the American Numismatic Society in 1975, became a fellow in 1978, and in 1988 was elected to the Society’s governing council. Lovejoy was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, and was a graduate of the Hotchkiss School (1937) and Yale University (1941). He served in Normandy and Northern France during World War II and then went on to earn an LL.B. from Yale before joining the New York Law firm of Breed Abbott, where he became a partner in 1958. He retired in 1987.

Collection
Contains correspondence and other materials relating to Lovejoy’s efforts to buy, and later sell, American dimes. Correspondents include coin auction houses and dealers such as Stack’s and Kamal Ahwash. Topics include coin appraisals, Lovejoy’s returning of unsatisfactory coins, and, in 1977, legal issues pertaining to grading standards for coins. Also includes invoices for coin purchases and lists of bids. Materials from 1981 to 1984 concern work on his book Early United States Dimes, 1796-1837 and include correspondence with his four coauthors, along with drafts, corrections, and legal documents relating to publication. There are some minutes and by-laws of the John Reich Collectors Society. Also present are drafts of lectures, including one entitled "Coins and Money of the Bible" (1994); a tray of 39 slides of Biblical coins used to illustrate a lecture; and an annotated working copy of Early United States Dimes, 1796-1837 with corrections.

Archival Collections