American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

Edward Groh (1837-1905)

Edward Groh was a founder, curator and life member of the American Numismatic Society.

Born in New York City on June 2, 1837, Groh worked in both the ship-chandlery and tobacco businesses. He was also a lifelong student of natural history, with a particular focus on entomology, and of numismatics since the age of seventeen.

Groh attended the first regular meeting of the Society on April 6, 1858 and played an integral role in the Society's reorganization after the Civil War. He served as Curator of the Society from 1859 to 1879, and from 1897 until his death in 1905. From 1864 to 1865 he also served as the Society's librarian and, from 1890-91, as its Curator of Archaeology.

Groh was an authority on American tokens and store cards, an avid collector of Rebellion tokens or "copper-heads" issued during the Civil War, and a connoisseur of ancient coins. In 1900, he presented his collection of more than 5,000 Civil War tokens to the Society. He also gave the ANS his invitation to the Society's first meeting in 1858.

Groh died on January 2, 1905. At the time, he was the last surviving charter member of the ANS.