American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

Photographs from the collection

Kenneth M. MacKenzie papers, 1950 and mostly late 1900s
6.3 cubic feet (7 boxes)

Biographical note
Kenneth M. MacKenzie (1917-2005), an expert on the coinage of the Ottoman Empire, was born in Plymouth, England. During World War II he served as a commander of an anti-aircraft battery in the Battle of Britain. In 1948 he moved to New York as a representative of a London art book publisher and he continued to reside in the United States where he worked in publishing until 1987. MacKenzie had become interested in Ottoman coins after the war and established his own small book importing and sales business, Numismata Orientalia. He became a member of the American Numismatic Society in 1952, a fellow in 1974, and was known as a volunteer curator for the Society’s collection of Ottoman coins. He published his first article in 1971 and went on to produce over one hundred research articles. He was the coauthor of two books, Countermarks of the Ottoman Empire 1880-1922 (1974) and Greek, Roman, and Islamic Coins from Sardis (1981).

Contains MacKenzie’s research, reference materials, and items prepared for publication on the topic of Ottoman numismatics, including work on the book Countermarks of the Ottoman Empire (1974). There are notes, photographs of coins, articles, clippings, drawings, publication offprints, and coin lists. Most of the materials are in folders or cut and pasted into notebooks. In addition, there are clippings from a variety of Great Britain newspapers on the topic of coins generally which were cut and pasted onto cards by a clipping service (1950).

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