American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

Lyman Haynes Low

Lyman Haynes Low scrapbooks, 1827-1895
1 cubic foot (6 scrapbooks in 1 box)

Biographical note
Lyman Haynes Low (1844-1924) was a coin dealer who published the book Hard Times Tokens in 1899. He was born in Boston, moved to New York City in 1870, and settled in New Rochelle in 1911. He joined the American Numismatic and Archeological Society (later the American Numismatic Society) in 1880 and served as its librarian from 1886 to 1891. He served with the 13th Massachusetts Volunteers in the Civil War, and was associated with the Scott Stamp and Coin Company for nearly 20 years, beginning in 1878.

Contains six of Lyman Haynes Low’s scrapbooks. Five of the scrapbooks contain printed cards, flyers, circulars, and other materials (mostly 1870s-1890s), including advertisements for numismatic catalogs and other publications; advertisements for coin cabinets; announcements of coin auctions and meetings of the American Numismatic and Archeological Society (later the American Numismatic Society); coin price lists; and other ephemera. Much of the material comes from Low’s company, Scott Stamp and Coin Company of New York City, and includes samples of printed envelopes, cards, and advertisements, some with a notation giving date, printer, and number printed. There is also a good deal of printed matter relating to the coin dealer Spink & Son of London. One scrapbook contains correspondence (1895), notes, and news clippings (1827-1848) pertaining to research for Low’s book, Hard Times Tokens, published in 1899.

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