American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

Part of a notebook page from the collection

Charles Austin Hersh numismatic research materials, mostly late 1900s
14 cubic feet (9 boxes and loose materials)

Biographical note
Charles Austin Hersh (1923-1999) was a banker, collector of ancient coins, and numismatic scholar. He grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1940, and attended Amherst College before enlisting in the Army Air Corp, where he flew in thirty missions during his World War II service. He built up his collection and made contacts throughout the world during the war years. Returning to Amherst, he received his degree in 1946 and went on to earn an M.A. in history from Harvard in 1948. His love of coins eventually led him in 1950 to devote himself full time to numismatic scholarship at the British Museum, where he stayed for three and a half years. He published two groundbreaking articles in Numismatic Chronicle, "Sequence Marks on the Denarii of Publius Crepusius" (1952) and "Overstrikes as Evidence for the History of Roman Republican Coinage" (1953). Upon returning to the United States in 1953, he went into banking, working for Valley National, Bank Leumi, Chelsea National, and Republic National. Hersh became a member of the American Numismatic Society in 1947, a fellow in 1963, and a life fellow in 1997.

Contains research materials pertaining to Hersh’s coin collections and his scholarly interest in ancient coins. Includes published items, some annotated by hand, such as offprints and reprints of articles, article drafts, coin lists, reference books, entire dealer catalogs, and two cubic feet of coin photographs and listings torn from catalogs. Manuscript items include bound handwritten catalogs with detailed descriptions of coins, card indexes to published articles on ancient coins, and small notebooks. There are numerous negative and print photographs of coins, some of which are numbered and in sleeves, including three small boxes of prints and photographs of Roman quadrigati and a box of photographs of the Montedoro hoard. Also present are empty coin envelopes from Hersh’s collection.

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