Thomas L. Elder papers, 1929-1933

Descriptive Summary

American Numismatic Society
0.1 cubic feet (2 folders in 1 box)
Correspondence, canceled checks, and a catalog pertaining to the sale of coins from the estate of George Alfred Lawrence.

Thomas L. Elder

Administrative Information


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Preferred Citation

Thomas L. Elder papers, 1929-1933, Archives, American Numismatic Society.


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Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Coin dealer Thomas L. Elder (1874-1948) was born in Dayton, Pennsylvania, and attended the Park Institute (Allegheny) and Beaver College (Beaver), eventually working as a court stenographer and telegrapher. He began collecting coins at age 13 and joined the American Numismatic Association in 1899, the American Numismatic and Archeological Society (later the American Numismatic Society) in 1904, and helped found the New York Numismatic Club in 1908. He settled in New York City and conducted his first auction in 1905. He published the Elder Rare Coin Book (1934), Elder Monthly (1906-1907), and The Elder Magazine (1910-1911) in addition to issuing a number of medals, tokens, and store cards. He died in South Carolina.

Scope and Content Note

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence regarding the sale of coins from the estate of George Alfred Lawrence in 1929. Includes Elder’s efforts to secure the rights to the sale and agreements relating to the commission charged and other financial arrangements with Elder Coin & Curio Corp. Later letters (1929-1933) address financial disagreements pertaining to the sale and include correspondence with Stanford University. Also present are canceled checks and a catalog of prices realized from the sale (1929).

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